Additional Conditions

Picture of Stretch Marks: White Striae, Axilla

Picture of Stretch Marks: White Striae, Axilla.

Stretch marks are fine lines on the body that occur from tissue under your skin tearing from rapid growth or over-stretching. It is a common condition that does not cause any significant medical problems but can be of cosmetic concern for some people. Other names for stretch marks are:

  • Stria (single) or striae (plural)
  • Striae rubrae (red)
  • Striae albae (white)
  • Striae distensae (stretched skin)
  • Striae nigrae (black)
  • Striae caerulea (dark blue)
Source: Reproduced with permission from ┬ęDermNet NZ www.dermnetnz.org 2022