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Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that develop on the surface of the skin. They are often referred to by doctors as stria or striae and striae gravidarum during pregnancy.
Symptoms of stretch marks
Not everyone gets stretch marks. It depends on your skin type. People with a high level of collagen in their skin are less likely to get stretch marks.
Causes of stretch marks
Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched extensively over a short time period.
Treating stretch marks
Stretch marks are not often noticeable and usually fade over time. Treatments are available for unsightly stretch marks or those that affect a large area of your body.
Preventing stretch marks
Stretch marks are very common and cannot be prevented altogether. However, the following advice may help reduce your risk of developing stretch marks.