Background:Â StriaeÂ has been reportedÂ as a skin problem often experienced by a woman and becomes an aesthetic problem. This skin problem can occur at any age, including adolescents, even though it is more common in younger women. Some conditionsÂ increase the risk of striae, such as weight, pregnancy, puberty, and hormonal drugs. Women with higher body mass index (BMI) tend to have more striae. With a limited study on striae, it is quite interesting to evaluate the high incidence of striae in the population.
Patients and Methods:Â This was a cross-sectional study using a total sampling method. The studyÂ was conductedÂ after approval from the Ethics Committee Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara. Samples are 155Â female studentsÂ aged 18-25 years oldÂ from the Medical Faculty of UniversitasÂ SumateraÂ Utara. All samples were physically examined to diagnose the striae, and the BMI was calculated.Â All the collected data were analyzed statistically with ETA statistical tests to see the relationship between BMI and striae. P-value <0.05 considered statistically significant.
Results:Â The dominant age of the subject is 19 years old (62.5%), followed by 20 years old (30.3%), 21 years old (3.8%), and 18 and 23 years old (0.6%). Out of 155 subjects, there are 117 have striae (75.5%). None of the striae subjects is underweight, normal weight was 113, 3 obese and one overweight. The 38 subjects without striae are in normal BMI. An analysis using ETA proved that BMI is not significantly associated with striae (p>0.05).
Conclusion:Â There is no significant relationship between BMI and striae.