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A 25-year-old female asked:

Can stretch marks be caused by hormonal imbalances or nutritional deficiencies? (i haven't gained weight or been pregnant) i'm 24 and they won't stop!

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Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Elastin breakdown: wiight fluctuations, diet, nutition or metabolic issues can cause a breakdown of elastin, causing stria ( stretch marks )
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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Possibly: Although genetics can play a big role in getting stretch marks, they could reflect a hormone problem. For instance high levels of cortisol, although other signs would be expected. It is worth a visit to an endocrinologist.
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