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What exactly are stretch marks?

Stretch marks or to give them their medical name ‘striae’ are reddish purple streaks or lines that appear on the body. They occur when the skin is stretched rapidly over a short period of time like in puberty when the body goes through some pretty big growth spurts or when fluctuating hormone levels are present…again in puberty.

They are also common in pregnant women and people who have issues with their weight. And it’s not just girls that get them; boys often find they have them too on their thighs and bottom.

For teenage girls, they can be noticed to the breasts, abdomen, thighs and bottom and whilst they can be alarming, they are not harmful. Although they will never disappear completely, they will fade over time and become barely visible.

How Can I Prevent Stretch Marks?

Some people believe these marks are genetic, so if your mum, gran or sister has them, there may be a chance you will too. But, there are steps you can put in place to reduce the chances of these marks appearing.

For instance; watching your weight as well as moisturising your skin on a daily basis with body moisturiser or body oil.

What Can I Do To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks?

Once you have these little scars there is very little you can do to make them go away altogether, so please don’t be fooled into buying lotions and potions that claim to do just that!

They will fade over a period of years and you can help this process by keeping your weight at a healthy level and moisturising the area.

Is There Any Way I Can Hide These Marks?

With the summer months ahead, you may be wondering how you can wear your favourite bikini or swim suit. The good news is that lots of people find self-tan lotions help fade these marks. However, if you plan to sunbathe, you should use a sun screen as these scars will tan just like the rest of your body and may become more noticeable.

Finally, as the trend for this year appears to be one piece costumes or shorts and shorter tops you can easily hide these marks until they fade away naturally.

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Sad

I have stretch marks on chest, they're really annoying.

Yoyo66

I have stretch marks and I have had them for around a year but I keep on getting more in not over weight I'm skinny but I still have them on my boobs legs and arms and some of them are fading but others sent I have got new ones behind my knees and I use bio oil but I've only just started I use it is there any way of getting rid of them faster ? Thank you x

Randomqueen

Thx this helped.

To bex

I know you won't read this but anyways might as well answer: Stretch marks will be there FOREVER but over a period of time it will fade and fade even quicker with the bio oil. Don't be surprised. You hardly be able to see it! Yours truly gymnastic girl

Bex

I have stretch marks on my boobs, but at first I didnt know what they were. My mum told me about stretch marks so its fine now, but does anyone know if they will disappear or will they be there forever? By the way, we went to the doctors anyway and she said that one of the only things that successfully prevents stretch marks is a thing called bio oil. My mum got me some and it smells really nice and I don't seem to have got anymore stretch marks!

gymnastics girl

how come you get stretch marks ??

hey

i have them on my chest too

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