stretch marks on butt

Stretch Marks On Butt: Causes & Eliminating Them (Quick Read)

Skin Conditions, Treatments

Stretch marks on your butt, also called “striae” amount to tearing of the deeper layers of the skin called the dermis. When the dermis tears, a stretched, thinned-out look that can also be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin results.

What Causes Stretch Marks On Buttocks?

There are a number of causes of stretch marks on the bum. In many cases, they are a result of rapid weight gain followed by significant weight loss. Also, bulking up your bum muscles can cause stretching of the skin that results in stretch marks. The use of anabolic steroids can add to to the problem by increasing stretching of the skin and also by the thinning effect steroids have on the skin. Medical conditions that increase your body’s steroid levels such as Cushing’s Syndrome/Disease can also cause stretch marks on the butt.

How To Treat Stretch Marks On Butt:


There are many non-prescription products marketed to treat stretch marks on the bum. Amongst the over-the-counter products that have the most research to support their use are those that include these ingredients:
  • Vitamin A
  • Trofoflastin
  • Silicone
  • Alphastria
trofolastin for stretch marks on butt
Trofolastin is an ingredient in OTC stretch mark products

Doctor-Provided Treatments For Stretch Marks On The Butt

The goals of treatment for stretch marks on the butt are to rebuild the collagen and elastin support structures that are missing. Purple stretch marks and other discolorations can also be improved. Current modalities that you can find in dermatology, plastic surgery, and other health care facilities include:
  • Lasers – help to rebuild missing collagen and elastin and lighten darker stretch marks
  • Fractional Laser – similar to lasers
  • Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion – promote collagen formation
  • Platelet Rich Plasma – use a person’s own blood product to restore skin integrity

Camouflage Tattoos For Stretch Marks On Butt

This technique works similarly to traditional skin tattoos. Specially formulated inks that are mixed to precisely match the skin’s natural skin tone are deposited using a needle into the skin’s dermal layer. Camouflage for butt stretch marks is only an option for cases in which the marks are lighter than the surrounding skin.


Stretch marks on the butt can be brought on by rapid weight gain and loss, putting on major muscle bulk, certain diseases, and the use of medications (such as pharmaceutical and anabolic steroids). Over-the-counter products can work but medical evidence to support their use is generally lacking. Medically-provided treatments are likely to show more promise. Camouflage tattooing can be an effective option for butt striae that are paler than the surrounding skin.

Medical References:

Ud-Din, S et al. “Topical management of striae distensae (stretch marks): prevention and therapy of striae rubrae and albae.” Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV vol. 30,2 (2016): 211-22. doi:10.1111/jdv.13223

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