Stretch marks

Stretch marks are also known as striae.. These occur when there is rapid growth of body and skin is not able to cope with it, resulting in epidermal and dermal tearing. This gives rise to stretch marks.

They present as reddish long streaks commonly seen in areas which has more body fat like abdomen, thighs, arms, back, under arms, buttocks etc. Over a period of time stretch marks lose colour become whitish and atrophy.

Leading causes include the below:

Puberty or Growth Spurts

Pregnancy

Weight gain

Weight reduction

Weight lifting

Long term use of certain medications


Treatment

Due to changes in the skin at dermal level stretch marks can reduce to great extent. Common modes of treatment include:

  • Topical creams
  • Chemical Peels
  • Dermaroller
  • Moisturizer
  • Stretch marks are also known as striae..