Stretch marks, referred to as striae in the medical field, are one of the most common skin problems affecting as many as 50% to 90% of all women. They are an unsightly form of scarring formed by too much stress being put on the dermis.
Many women try to treat the white or silver lines and indentations with over-the-counter creams and lotions, often with little to no success.
Men and women of all ages can suffer from stretch marks. Some people develop them very early in their lives, others develop them later. Caucasian women are more prone to stretch marks than those of Asian or African descent.