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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, shorts and shorter tops you can easily hide these marks until they fade away naturally.

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SadGirl

I started getting these purple streaks (stretch marks) on my back a while ago and I was super confused as I didn't even think they were stretch marks. I looked it up and it looks exactly like what I have on my back. it's a lot :(. And about two weeks ago I started getting them on my boobs. i feel embarrassed :(

Reply to Alice and slushylover

Hi! Stretch marks come at any age, so if yours are when your 14 or 9 it doesn't matter and its nothing to worry about, your body is doing things at its own speed. Hope this helps

LoveLilLetsxx

Help! I've got stretch marks all round my legs and me and my friends went swimming and one of them saw my stretch marks and said "ew what are those" and i was just standing there frozen, eventually i said they were stretch marks, and she understood and took back what she said because she is my best friend she was ok, but i'm worried incase it happens again. Any tips, thx btw😁

slushyLover

I don't have any stretch marks and I'm 14 and a half. I hope that's normal :/

Alice

I'm a nine year old with stretch Mark's. Is that normal (love your panty liners btw)

hi

Im 12 and I dont have any stretchmarks is that normal

Newborntiktokerhere

Helpful, just I don't know what color stretch marks are on black skin😱😱😱

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