what are stretch marks
When I was 13, I broke my ankle in a terrible horseback riding incident. I was laid up in bed for two weeks and, because fate wanted to compound my misery, those were the precise 14 days when my body decided to go through a growth spurt. I grew three inches and because I wasn’t up moving around (not that that would’ve helped that much) I developed a spate of vertical stretch marks on my hips. I was horrified. HORRIFIED. I mean, really. What are stretch marks doing messing up my body?
A few months later when summer rolled around, I stayed cloistered under a towel, petrified of putting on a swimsuit and letting the world see the red, angry streaks running down my hips. I felt like you could see them from space. And when I did have to finally slip into a bikini, I walked like a frozen penguin with my arms glued to my sides to cover up the stretch marks. Smooth, Shallon. Real smooth.
Determined to get these ghastly things off my body, I did as much research as I could. Stretch marks form when there’s a rapid growth or weight gain. Pregnant women are the most common victims since their tummies grow so fast. Ditto with bodybuilders who add muscle super quickly.
I had felt like such a freak for having them on my hips, but I learned that they can pop up on your underarms, inner thighs, boobs, biceps and butt. Even super-skinny LeAnn Rimes has them on her backside and upper hips—who knew!
Unfortunately, there’s no cure, so don’t blow your money on creams or potions that promise to get rid of them. Over time they’ll fade into a silvery white, but they will never go away completely.
The best way to avoid them is to keep skin ultra moisturized, preferably with lotions that contain Gotu Kola extract and vitamin E, but plain ol’ Lubriderm will work wonders.
I won’t sit here and tell you that I’ve learned to love my stretch marks because I still hate them, but really, they’re no big—I kept trying to take a pic of mine but I can hardly see them anymore. I’m living proof that they won’t ALWAYS look so red and noticeable–trust me. Plus, almost every single girl has at least one stretch mark somewhere on her otherwise awesome bod. Guys do too! So don’t stress about people pointing and judging because chances are, they’ve got a few of their own!
Do you have stretch marks? Have you tried to hide them or are you okay with them now? Tell me in the comments!
what are stretch marks