Stretch marks are tears in the skin that look like fine lines with ridges. They are found near the buttocks, thighs, upper arms, shoulders, abdomen, and breasts. Stretch marks occur due to permanent ruptures of dermal skin fibres, elastin, and collagen.
There are various reasons why stretch marks form on the skin, like weight gain, pregnancy, adolescence growth spurts, or genetics. Stretch marks can appear in males or females, adolescents or older adults. They first appear as red or pink lines and later turn into silver or white streaks. Stretch marks respond better to therapy when they are still red in colour; once they turn white, they become more stubborn. Hence, making early intervention necessary.