Stretch Marksenteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-stretchMark-enHD-AR1.jpgYour skin is usually fairly elastic, but when you grow or gain weight really quickly (like during puberty), you may get fine lines on your body called stretch marks.skin problems, dermatology, strech marks, scars, how can i get rid of stretch marks, getting rid of stretch marks, microdermabrasion, collagen, body image, dermatologists, body building, strength training, obesity, dieting, steroids, puberty, pregnancy, scars, gaining weight, diets, what causes stretch marks?07/31/200009/26/201609/02/2019Patrice Hyde, MD06/14/20142ce8bfce-c3d5-462d-a0bd-ada1d4456f37https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/stretch-marks.html/<p>Stretch marks are a normal part of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/puberty.html/">puberty</a> for most girls and guys. When a person grows or gains weight really quickly (like during puberty), that person may get fine lines on the body called stretch marks.</p> <p>Stretch marks happen when the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching. Although the skin is usually fairly elastic, when&nbsp;it's overstretched, the normal production of <strong>collagen</strong> (the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin) is disrupted. As a result, scars called stretch marks may form.</p> <p>If you're noticing stretch marks on your body, you're not alone. Most girls and women have them, usually on their breasts, thighs, hips, and butt. Many women get them during pregnancy. Stretch marks are more common in girls, but guys can get them, too.</p> <p>People who are <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/obesity.html/">obese</a> often have stretch marks. Bodybuilders are prone to getting stretch marks because of the rapid body changes that can go with bodybuilding. People who use steroid-containing&nbsp;skin creams or ointments (such as hydrocortisone) for more than a few weeks may also get stretch marks. So might people who have to take high doses of oral corticosteroids for months or longer.</p> <p>At first, stretch marks may show up as reddish or purplish lines that can look indented and have a different texture from the skin around them. Stretch marks often turn lighter and almost disappear over time.</p> <h3>Making Them Less Noticeable</h3> <p>Here are some things to consider if you want to make stretch marks less noticeable:</p> <ul> <li>Some people find that sunless self-tanners can help cover up stretch marks. This isn't true with&nbsp;regular <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/tanning.html/">tanning</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/indoor-tans.html/">tanning beds</a>, though: Stretch marks are less likely to tan so may end up looking more obvious. Plus, the sun and tanning beds do more harm than good when it comes to the long-term health of your skin.</li> <li>Try using&nbsp;body makeup matched to the tone of your skin&nbsp;to cover stretch marks. Although some manufacturers make these cover-up products water-resistant, makeup may not be the best solution if you'll be spending a lot of time in the water.</li> <li>Wear board shorts or rash guards. Bathing suits with more coverage are popular with many athletes because they protect against the sun and don't ride up when a person moves. But these suit styles&nbsp;also&nbsp;work well for hiding stretch marks on the buttocks, upper thighs and chest.</li> </ul> <p>Tons of creams and other skin products on the market claim to get rid of&nbsp;stretch marks, but the truth is that most don't work&nbsp;and are costly.</p> <p>You can't make stretch marks go away completely without the help of a dermatologist &nbsp;or plastic surgeon. These doctors may use one of many types of treatments —&nbsp;from actual surgery to techniques like microdermabrasion and laser treatment —&nbsp;to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.<br /> <br /> These techniques are expensive and are not usually covered by <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/insurance.html/">insurance</a>. Doctors don't usually recommended them for teens because they're not done growing so new stretch marks might appear and existing ones&nbsp;will probably lessen over time.</p>
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