Stretch marks can be found in all ethnic groups and are usually located on the buttocks, thighs, knees, breasts, calves, and lumbosacral areas.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are a common dermatological condition consisting of atrophic dermal scars with overlying epidermal atrophy. Stretch marks, which are also referred to as striae, are long lines that appear on the surface of the skin which may be lighter or darker than the skin tone. They appear when the skin is stretched due to rapid growth or weight gain.
Stretch marks often begin as a red or purple color, eventually fading to silvery white over time. While they are mostly found on the abdomen, they can also occur on other parts of the body such as arms, legs, and breasts. Although stretch marks can sometimes cause an itchy feeling that can be uncomfortable and make one self-conscious, there are a variety of treatments available to help reduce their appearance.