The Connection Between Stretch Marks and Wrinkles


Stretch marks and wrinkles may sound like two separate problems. But the truth is, a lot of people actually experience both at one time. Stretch marks are visible, faint white lines usually found in the thighs, buttocks area, abdomen, arms and legs caused by excessive stretching of the skin. All the stretching eventually leads to the tearing of the middle layer of the skin, also referred to as the dermis.

These ugly, unsightly and itchy marks often develop due to a number of factors, which include pregnancy, puberty, bodybuilding, rapid weight gain or loss and genetic inheritance. So what is the connection between stretch marks and wrinkles? Basically, these lines and marks, an uneven skin tone, wrinkles and scars are all a result of a lack of collagen.

If your body is able to make more collagen, then you are unlikely to develop any of these skin problems. When there is a loss or breakdown of elastin and collagen, the streaks or nasty lines basically show through to the top layer of the skin, or epidermis. This is why there are anti-aging and creams today that naturally encourage the production of collagen of the skin.

Studies have also indicated that skin problems are a result of a raised level of certain hormones (glucocorticoids) in the bloodstream. These affect the skin by preventing collagen and elastin fibers to form. Studies have also indicated that some individuals are more genetically vulnerable to stretch marks and wrinkles-skin type may be a factor, as dryer skin types have less flexibility compared to oily skin.