Stretch marks are very common during pregnancy (when a women’s belly stretches) but they are also common during times of rapid growth such as puberty and/or when a person gains weight very quickly. Stretch marks often appear on the thighs, buttocks and breasts. They look like fine purplish or reddish-blue lines when they first appear. There are creams and ointments that you can buy that claim to get rid of stretch marks, however, there is little proof that they do anything but moisturize the skin. Laser surgery is not recommended for teens or young adults.
Although there are no magic creams or pills that will make stretch marks disappear, the good news is the marks usually fade and become less noticeable over time. Some girls and young women use body makeup that is similar to their skin tone or self-tanning lotions (not tanning beds) to lessen the appearance of stretch marks. If the marks affect the way you feel about your body, tell a parent or trusted adult and talk to your primary health care provider or dermatologist (skin specialist).