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What causes stretch marks during pregnancy?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
These striations appear when the dermis (a middle layer of skin) cracks and splits in order to expand. The redness will go away within a year, which helps immensely, but there's little you can do to eliminate stretch marks completely because once those cracks happen, the damage is done.

In the meantime, stay out of the sun so the stretch marks don't become darker and more visible. There are some other measures that may reduce their appearance.
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