What Makes Certain Skin Types Prone to Stretch Marks?

There are some people who suffer from stretch marks in the skin more than others. It seems that some of us can put on two pounds and see tearing in their skin while others can go through a whole pregnancy without gaining any of these bright red stripes. This is probably due to factors that are our of our control. Ages, genes and pregnancies  can all determine if you get stretch marks or not and how deep or plentiful they might be. However, there are things you can do to decrease the intensity of these marks on your body.

What Makes Certain Skin Types Prone to Stretch Marks? | LIVESTRONG.COMEating a stable diet is one of the best ways to ensure that you don’t develop stretch marks unnecessarily. if you gain weight or lose weight often, your might be more prone to the tears caused by the constant shifting and stretching. Healthy skin has elastin and collagen in it which is designed to help your skin’s tissues stay strong and elastic. When your connective tissue is forced to grow very quickly, the production of elastin and collagen and other essential proteins may be stunted and this can cause stretch marks. Maintaining a steady weight or making slow changes is the best way to stop your skin from making abrupt or sudden changes that can cause stretch marks.

Your skin’s condition is another essential feature in the development of stretch marks. Keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated will go a long way to keeping your skin healthy and elastic which will allow it to grow with you without being over stretched.

What Makes Certain Skin Types Prone to Stretch Marks? | LIVESTRONG.COMIf your skin is hydrated properly, your skin is able to adapt to the changes in your body with fewer problems. Keeping it moisturized is especially important if your skin is more prone to these stretch marks as this can help them heal or help with stretch mark treatments.

Your diet is an equally important factor in keeping your skin healthy and a balanced diet full of nutrients like antioxidants will help to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

Age is not a factor that we can help but as we age our skin looses its elasticity because collagen production slows. As we grow older, skin struggles to retain its shape and this can actually mean that older people are less likely to develop stretch marks than young ones.

However, it is also true that young skin is able to heal faster and more easily than an older person’s skin. So if you are young and you have stretch marks, they should be treated while you are young, ideally as soon as possible.

Genetics also plays a part in your skin just as in the rest of your body. Your skin color and family genetic history may both be factors in how prone your skin is to conditions like stretch marks. For some reason, women who have darker complexions seem to be more prone to getting stretch marks than women who have fair complexions. Also, if your mother or grandmother dealt with stretch marks, it is quite likely that her children will as well. Most women who say that they have stretch marks also noted that their mothers had these bright red lines as well.