I have stretch marks on my chest/breasts and also between my legs in my thigh area. The ones on my legs are very noticeable and I hate them. They makes me not want to wear shorts. The ones on my breasts make me not want to wear anything else besides a sweater that covers them up. What can I do about my stretch marks?
Although stretch marks may not be ideal, they’re also very common – many women go through the exact same thing you’re going through right now, if that makes you feel any better! The bad news is that stretch marks are pretty difficult to deal with, and the majority of the time, almost impossible to get rid of completely. But don’t get discouraged! We can tell you how to deal with your stretch marks in the best way possible.
First, it helps to know what stretch marks actually are. I talked to my friend Dr. Sherry Ross from the site HelloFlo (a monthly period care package you need to check out) to get an expert’s advice. Dr. Ross said, “Stretch marks are pink, reddish or purplish indented streaks that often appear on the belly, breasts, upper arms, buttocks, and thighs.” Stretch marks are caused by the sudden stretching of skin (hence the name!), which is why they’re most common during pregnancy or on your breasts during puberty when your boobs start to grow. Stretch marks also happen when you gain weight, which is why they’re so often found on legs, arms, and your stomach. When you lose weight and the skin can’t bounce back, stretch marks appear.
Can you prevent them from happening in the first place? Dr. Ross says, “Unfortunately, stretch marks cannot be prevented since they are genetically determined, which means if your mom got them, especially during pregnancy, you probably will too.” Basically, you can try to prevent stretch marks by making sure your weight NEVER fluctuates, but that is unrealistic and oftentimes out of your control. So, don’t bother trying to do that.
What about getting rid of them once they’re there? You probably see a commercial or advertisement for stretch mark cream at least once every single day… so are they worth it? Dr. Ross says, “Using creams and gels rarely make much of a difference in their appearance. What can help to manage your stretch marks is using some of the new laser treatments out there.” Unfortunately, these laser treatments are often very expensive, and they also aren’t guaranteed to work.
So are we saying it’s impossible to do anything about your stretch marks? Kind of, yeah. This isn’t a quick fix and is more than likely something you need to learn to live with it. Please take comfort in knowing you’re not alone! Personally, I also have stretch marks on the insides of my upper thighs and on my breasts. I gained weight in high school, and lost almost 40 pounds in college, which is what caused the marks. But as Dr. Ross points out, “Fortunately, stretch marks fade with time and become silvery white.” This is true! My stretch marks have faded from an angry red/purple to a silvery white color that isn’t visible unless you’re close to me. It’s not IDEAL, but I’ve learned to just accept them as a part of me.
I know it’s frustrating to hear that there’s nothing you can do as a quick fix for your stretch marks. But I promise you aren’t weird for having them, and there’s no need to cover them up. Your stretch marks are a part of you – as corny as it sounds, you need to just accept them.