Stretch marks (also known as striae), are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. They are formed by tearing of the dermis (the middle layer of the skin). Stretch marks form during rapid growth or weight gain of the body. Very common places where stretch marks occur are the thighs, hips, lower back, buttocks, belly and breasts. Also the mons pubis is a place where stretch marks can occur 🙌🏽 •
Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding, or hormone replacement therapy. •
Stretch marks begin as reddish, purple or dark brown lesions (depending on one's skin tone) which can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. Over time, they tend to atrophy and lose pigmentation. The affected areas appear empty, and are soft to the touch. They can (but do not always) cause a burning and itching sensation, as well as emotional distress. They pose no health risk in and of themselves, and do not compromise the body's ability to function normally and repair itself.
All stretch marks tell a story, and are part of your always changing and developing body. Never feel ashamed of your stretch marks, as they are as normal as any other body part ♥️ #thevulvagallery #stretchmarks #bodyneutrality #humananatomy #biology #education #educateyourself #monspubis #bodyhair #bodylove #skin #watercolorillustration #youareworthy #youarebeautiful #loveyourself #loveyourvulva #hildeatalanta