Red, white, or purple? Stretch marks, also called striae, appear when the skin is stretched and thinned, which causes elastic fibers to break. Based on appearance and formation, stretch marks classify into various types.
Otherwise known as pregnancy stretch marks, these are most prominent on the abdomen, breast, and thigh and typically occur around the 6th month of gestation. These stretch marks may appear to have a parallel rather than perpendicular pattern. These scars acquired during pregnancy tend to lose their pigmentation but may not disappear completely.
These stretch marks are a cutaneous condition and may develop in those due to prolonged use of corticosteroids, after surgery, or in those with Cushing’s syndrome. These scars occur because of thinned skin. They are pink or purple and characterized by multiple, symmetric, well-defined linear lesions.
OThese pinkish-red stretch marks are signs of inflammation and present the first physical indication of overstretched skin. These stretch marks can become itchy over time.
Once After Shower
These white stretch marks appear scar-like, wrinkly in texture, irregularly shaped, and hypopigmented (faded). It's a maturer stage of striae rubrae. Progression from striae rubrae to striae albae, though, is gradual.
Twice or Thrice Daily
These dark grey or black, usually linear stretch marks, appear in those with a darker complexion due to high melanin or skin pigment. The color fades over time to leave a whitish scar.
Once After Shower
These dark blue or purplish stretch marks or scars are also present in those with darker complexions because of the higher amount of melanin in the skin. These scars may also lose pigmentation over time and appear to fade.