Stretchmarks are clinically known as "striate" (usually "striate distensile" or in the case of pregnancy, "striate gravid arum") stretch marks typically appear after rapid weight gain or loss. They are most common during pregnancy and the teen years, when growth spurts and increased levels of steroid hormones cause significant changes throughout the body. Stretch marks can also be brought on by obesity and weight lifting.
Unfortunately if your mother had them, you're probably going to have them. Stretch marks affect as many as 90% of all women and they are not easy to get rid of. Once they have passed the initial stage, when they are red or purple, to the later stages, where they become white or silver often with deep indentations they are much more challenging to treat. The appearance of stretch marks depends on the color of your skin; they can start out pink, reddish brown, brown, or dark brown, and fade over time to a more silvery color. Once stretch marks have appeared, it's essential to treat them as early as possible.
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