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What do stretch marks look like?

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These rippled, streaky lines in your skin -- stretch marks -- come in different colors. They fade from red or pink to purplish-blue to thinner, pale, more scar-like streaks over time. You may not notice them as much.

From: What Are Stretch Marks? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org: “Diagnosis,” “Stretch marks: Overview,” “Symptoms and causes,” “Treatment.”

National Health Service: “Stretch marks.”

Nemours Foundation KidsHealth: “Stretch Marks.”

UpToDate: “Conditions associated with striae distensae,” “Striae distensae (stretch marks).”

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : “Topical management of striae distensae (stretch marks): prevention and therapy of striae rubrae and albae.”

Winchester Hospital: “Gotu Kola.”

Journal of Clinical Nursing : “The effect of bitter almond oil and massaging on striae gravidarum in primiparaous women.”

Journal of Research in the Medical Sciences: “Fractional CO  laser as an effective modality in treatment of striae alba in skin types III and IV.” 2

Journal of Cutaneous Aesthetic Surgery : “Evaluation of Various Therapeutic Measures in Striae Rubra.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 30, 2017

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org: “Diagnosis,” “Stretch marks: Overview,” “Symptoms and causes,” “Treatment.”

National Health Service: “Stretch marks.”

Nemours Foundation KidsHealth: “Stretch Marks.”

UpToDate: “Conditions associated with striae distensae,” “Striae distensae (stretch marks).”

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : “Topical management of striae distensae (stretch marks): prevention and therapy of striae rubrae and albae.”

Winchester Hospital: “Gotu Kola.”

Journal of Clinical Nursing : “The effect of bitter almond oil and massaging on striae gravidarum in primiparaous women.”

Journal of Research in the Medical Sciences: “Fractional CO  laser as an effective modality in treatment of striae alba in skin types III and IV.” 2

Journal of Cutaneous Aesthetic Surgery : “Evaluation of Various Therapeutic Measures in Striae Rubra.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 30, 2017

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