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Research Reveals the Science Behind Stretch Marks

November 20, 2015 2 min read

People get stretch marks for a whole lot of reasons — puberty, pregnancy and weight gain being just a few. And they come in a variety of forms, too. They can show up as silvery lines or thick, red slashes for instance. You might notice them on your breasts and thighs, or even your knees! But why exactly do they happen? The science behind stretch marks revealed. Scientists say these lesions, known as striae gravidarum, occur as a result of a disruption in the elastic fiber network that makes its way throughout your skin. This news comes from a new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, which notes that when our skin expands due to quick growth, the elastin in the skin responds by stretching on a molecular level. Unfortunately, it never bounces back to its original form.  But, while a lot of people feel ashamed of these marks, when there's nothing you can do, why not embrace them? "Some women feel like their self-esteem, quality of life, and willingness to engage in certain activities are affected," noted the lead researcher Frank Wang, M.D. of the study, who is also an assistant professor and dermatologist at the University of Michigan Health System. [bctt tweet="Research Reveals the Science Behind Stretch Marks"] While we can control our weight gain to a degree, sometimes just growing up can cause them, as can genetics — neither of which we have any control over. But, before you go out and spend a bunch of money on creams to fix the situation, know that, because the problem is on a molecular level, smoothing on of a lotion is pointless. So what's left to do? Cherish them! Supermodels like Robyn Lawley sure have. #Tigerstripes are badass! "We put an unbelievable amount of ridiculous time consuming pressure on women to care so much about their flaws [that] they forget how truly beautiful they are today," Lawley said. "F*** them, who cares, be you, be loud, be proud." Have you learned to love your stretch marks yet? Source: Shape [caption id="attachment_119727" align="alignleft" width="100"]@BodyRockTV @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_119726" align="alignleft" width="100"]@BodyRockOfficial @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]

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