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What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are long, narrow streaks, stripes, or lines that develop when the skin is stretched too quickly. Stretch marks tend to affect more women than men although anyone can develop them.


They can occur on a range of body parts, including the stomach, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, and lower back. They can be caused by pregnancy, rapid weight gain, puberty, medical conditions, or prolonged use of corticosteroid creams, among others.

What You Need To Know!

Although stretch marks are not harmful, they can cause problems with self-image and anxiety.


Maintaining a healthy weight, eating balanced diets, aiming for slow and gradual weight gain during pregnancy, among others are steps to prevent or reduce stretch marks. Laser treatments, skin tightening, cosmetic peels, microdermabrasion, and microneedling treatments help to fade the marks.

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