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Stretch marks

Stretch marks are a form of scarring generally associated with pregnancy, obesity, bodybuilding, and — to a lesser extent — puberty.

They come about as skin is overstretched, disrupting the normal production of collagen.

They first appear as reddish or purplish lines, but tend to gradually fade to a lighter color.

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