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What Causes Stretch Marks On My Back?

Updated January 11, 2021

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Stretch marks can appear on various parts of the body. The common areas that are affected are buttocks, breasts, abdomen, underarms, and hips. However, in some cases, stretch marks can also appear on your back. Let’s take a look at what might cause stretch marks on your back.

Stretch marks on back

First, stretch marks are not a sign of any serious medical condition in most cases. So, even if they have appeared on your back, they are as harmless as they are on your buttocks or breasts. It is in rare cases that these scars cause itching. Stretch marks on the back appear in the form of horizontal lines. If you know someone with vertical stretch marks on their back, you should know that they are an exceptional case. Fresh stretch marks have a red hue, but they will fade with time to become yellowish and whitish.

What causes stretch marks on back?

In most cases, stretch marks result from immediate growth, whether in the form of muscle growth, fat growth, etc. Stretch marks on the back can be common among boys during their puberty years. That’s because their bodies grow significantly during this time, resulting in overstretching of their dermis. When the dermis is not able to keep pace with the growth anymore, and it ruptures, you notice stretch marks on your back. If it is not puberty, then it could be bodybuilding that is causing the scars on your back. And if it is not bodybuilding, you might be one of the unfortunate people who inherit it from their parents.

You should also know that your race and ethnicity may also affect how prone you are to developing stretch marks. If you have darker skin, your chances of having stretch marks are higher than a person with whiter skin.

Can back stretch marks be cured?

There is no guaranteed way to treat stretch marks whether they appear on your back or some other part of the body. Many different treatments are available, but almost all of them aim to speed up the process of dimming your stretch marks. Be sure to check the color of your stretch marks before you start treating them. If you notice white or silver marks, you might not want to use any expensive treatments to cure them. White stretch marks have aged, and they do not respond as well to any treatments. The best thing you can do is to eat a proper diet and apply lotions to moisturize your skin to make it supple, so you can avoid further stretch marks.

Microdermabrasion, skin peelers, exfoliation, etc. are all methods that people use all over the world to cure their stretch marks. Some people get good results while others complain of noticing no changes at all. However, this should not discourage you from trying the various treatments. Other options include home remedies like cocoa butter and aloe vera to treat the stretch marks on your back.

The interesting thing about stretch marks is that you might not even notice them until they have already aged. You can try to use the simple home-made remedies to treat them if all you want is your esthetic beauty back. However, if your stretch marks are itchy and causing trouble, you should get in touch with a dermatologist as soon as possible.