Stretch marks, known as striae distensae, are streaks that can appear around the entire body. There are different types of stretch marks. They can look like indented streaks or lines of all sizes. They can come in many colors like pink, red, black, blue or purple. They can be either bright or dark.
There are multiple factors that increase the chances of having stretch marks such as: being a woman, genetics, pregnancy, rapid growth in adolescence, rapid weight gain or loss, having surgery, or extreme exercise.
Stretch marks are scars meaning that they are permanent. However, they do fade over time and there are ways to make them less noticeable. Using creams, lotions, and gels on early stretch marks may prevent them from worsening in the future. Light and laser therapies stimulate growth of collagen or promote elasticity. Microneedling is the use of tiny needles to stimulate growth of collagen and it is less risky as it will not change skin color.
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