What factors increase the probability of developing stretch marks?

There are quite a few factors that may be responsible for the formation of stretch marks. You are more likely to develop these marks in the following instances:

  • Adolescent growth spurt.
  • Rapid weight gain or loss.
  • Being obese.
  • Having a familial tendency to develop stretch marks.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Your baby is particularly large, causing your skin to stretch more.
  • Being older at the time of pregnancy is a risk factor because your skin loses elasticity and suppleness as you age.
  • Corticosteroid abuse or prolonged use of corticosteroid-based medications.
  • Cushing’s disease.
  • Marfan syndrome.
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
  • Bodybuilding.
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I have stretch marks. Should I be concerned?

The marks themselves are benign and you should have no concern about that account. Most people have some stretch marks and this is very common and natural to a certain extent. The marks may remain as they are or they may fade slightly with time. You are not going to develop any health problems or skin disorders as a result of your stretch marks.

However, if your marks were actually caused by an undiagnosed medical disorder affecting the functioning of your adrenal glands, then you will likely develop some symptoms as a result of the disorder itself and not because of the stretch marks. In your case, the marks are an outward indicator that there is something wrong with the endocrine system. They are not the problem in themselves but they are one of the symptoms of the problem.