- Rapid fluctuations in weight
- Hormonal misbalance
- Growth spurts
Early stretch marks are usually red or purple in colour. Over time, this colour is lost and they become white in appearance. Most commonly stretch marks appear on the abdomen post pregnancy, at the back of legs or on the chest.
The visible layer of skin (epidermis) is made from several sheets of cells and functions as a barrier for the underlying tissue. Epidermal cells born in the bottom sheet push up through the layers to replace old, dead skin cells that are constantly being shed. The epidermis also contains melanin – the pigment responsible for skin colour.
Beneath the epidermis is the dermis. This deeper layer contains sweat glands, sebaceous glands, hair follicles, blood vessels and nerves. The dermis is made from two types of fibre, being collagen, which gives the skin its strength, and elastin, which provides skin with its elasticity.
While the skin’s fibres allow for growth, the dermis is not prepared to withstand abrupt changes in body mass. Consequently, this over-stretching forces the dermis’ fibres to break and the blood vessels contained in deeper skin tissue to show through, creating the condition’s distinguishing streaks and lines.
A stretch mark is formed when:
Personalised procedures from Aesthetics Lab can help to minimise the appearance of stretch marks, making you feel better about your body.