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What Causes Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are a form of scarring that results from the skin rapidly stretching over time. It causes the collagen and elastin, which support the skin and maintains its elasticity, to tear. As a result, stretch marks may result during the skin's healing process. Stretch marks are very common and can occur among men and women of all ages. 

What Do Stretch Marks Look Like?

Stretch marks may appear as red, purple or white lines on the skin. They can occur anywhere on the body that stores a high amount of fat. Predominantly, they can be found in the abdominal area, upper arms, backs, underarms, breasts, thighs, legs, hips and buttocks. 

Stretch marks are not considered harmful, or a cause for a medical concern unless otherwise specified by a medical professional. They can occur as a result of rapid weight gain, pregnancy, and growth spurts during some stages of puberty. The skin's barrier is therefore not compromised by stretch marks. 

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