Stretch marks in men are common and can be unpleasant to deal with, despite generally being a cosmetic problem. Traditionally stretch marks have been associated with women, pregnant women specifically, but men often end up with stretch marks.
Despite the durability and flexibility of skin there are stresses and strains put on it by the body. When your body is growing faster than the skin can grow around it this causes micro tears in the layers. These cause blood vessels to be seen which create the striae (stretch marks).
Causes of Stretch Marks
There are some men who can just get stretch marks. This isn’t particularly common, but It can happen, and Is pretty unlucky for those affected. However, for most men there are a few main causes of stretch marks.
Weight gain is a common cause. When you gain weight too quickly the body is forced to grow skin faster than it’s able to. As your body continues to grow the skin stretches under the straight and leaves marks.
Weightlifting and training. Training your body can lead to rapid changes in your size. These quick alterations don’t let your body adjust and the skin stretches to compensate.
Growth. Growth spurts in young adults can lead to stretch marks. Again the skin cannot grow fast enough for the body and stretches out.
There are other reasons for stretch marks, including an overproduction of specific hormones. Certain health problems can cause the production of corticosteroid. This causes rapid weight gain and damages the proteins that allow for the elasticity of our skin.
Stretch marks are generally harmless but can be indicative of a number of health issues. If you’re ever unsure be sure to contact your dermatologist.
Stretch Mark Treatment
There are a number of creams, oils and other medicated treatments available for use on stretch marks. The effectiveness of a lot of these products is yet to be proven, but in cases where there have been results the products were used at the start of the process.
Other treatments include the Pulse Dye Laser. This PDL targets blood vessels and uses a concentrated beam of light to destroy them without damaging the surrounding skin.
Generally, stretch marks are harmless and go away in time of their own accord. Eventually the blood vessels darken and match the surrounding skin. If you are concerned about the marks either because health issues or because of cosmetic issues be sure to contact your dermatologist before beginning any treatment.
Men’s Stretch Marks
Stretch marks for men very rarely cause any health problems. However, they can mean low self-confidence if they’re in prominent places, especially around Summer. It’s important to remember that they’re more common than you think and the majority of men have had to deal with them at some point in their lives.
Stretch marks are almost always caused by weight gain but if you see them emerging and you haven’t put on weight, or you’re just generally unsure then always consult a dermatologist to be safe.