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Stretch marks

When you think of all the astonishing changes a mum’s body goes through during and after pregnancy, it’s not surprising that there should be some lasting impact, and one of the commonest factors is stretch marks.

Between 75 and 90 per cent of women develop them, usually across the stomach, but also round the breasts, thighs and buttocks. They are caused by the rapid stretching of the skin that occurs during pregnancy, and take the form of little red or pink lines which seem to be under the actual surface of the skin. In fact, stretch marks can start to appear during the sixth month of pregnancy, and will last for several months afterwards. In some cases they never vanish completely, but for most women they do become less apparent over time. They are not painful, but the area can feel a little tender or even itchy after birth.

Traditionally, stretch marks were just a fact of any mum’s life, but there are plenty of treatments available now. To help prevent them forming in the first place, experts suggest massaging your baby bump with Vitamin E lotion or cocoa butter throughout pregnancy. Staying hydrated, having a healthy diet and taking recommended pre-natal vitamin supplements also help keep the skin supple.

Your likelihood of getting stretch marks is hereditary to some degree. If your own mum had them, you may too. The good news is that they do fade over time, and if you are really dedicated – and have the time! – muscle toning exercises can also help reduce their appearance.

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Hello I am 16 years old and I have stretch marks all over my body on my breasts and the top of my thighs own to my knees and all over my sides an all over my bum. I shows with TTC and I find it very uncomfortable with everything I wear. I don't wear shorts in public and I feel different from my friends because they don't have any. I would just love some advice to get rid of them. I have tried bio oil and mum and me stretch mark cream and zero base and betamethasone valerate 0.1percent w/w ointment. Please help I don't know what else to do.!!





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Hi I'm 14 I have had stretch marks since I was 11 I had them on my hips the longest but I have started to get them behind my knees I have then on my under arms and I have a few on my breasts, how could I prevent them from getting worse or and anything to cover them up a little?





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Hey im only 20 never had a pregnancy. I have stretch marks on my tummy big long lines going down the way almost as if i have been cut/scratched there very thick feeling and very red i also have this problem all on my arms but not as vibrant but still very noticeable as the ones on my tummy. Also i have them on my thighs and a few on my chest and hips. i am also starting to see them on my legs very faintly. I haven't put any Wight on i had been to the gp about it they where very coserned as of my age and that i was a normal healthy weight and to how bad the stretch marks where so my doctor transferred me to the hospital to check for steroid? Not sure why for but witch came back negative and i have been told they will go away eventually but they seem to be multiplying rather than going away i have been putting creams like Aveeno and oils for stretch marks and seems to be going no where and have been doing this for quite some time now i just feel like no one is really helping. could someone please help me out on what i should do thankyou





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Hi , I have stretch marks on my breasts , lower back , buttocks, all around my thighs and , near my armpits . Please help me!!!!! I'm a little overweight and I love to swim and wear shorts so,I'm self conscious about wearing a bathing suit





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Hey, i'm 14 and I've had stretch marks since I was 11. I mainly get them on my hips and down my thighs, but recently I've started to get them on the backs of my legs. My mom used to have them, but never as bad as this. They're usually a bright purplely-pink colour and its really embarrassing because everyone can see them when I do PE for school. My weight changes quite drastically. I'm really thin for a couple of weeks and then I become quite big for a month or so. I know its normal, but its very noticeable. Does anyone know how to maybe stop them or make them better?





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Hi, I'm 15 and have had stretch marks since I was in 6th grade. They wrap around my stomach and my sides, I have some under my arms, lots on my breasts, some on my inner thighs, and then a little bit on my back. They're all white colored, but seriously irritating. I am such an unconfident teenager because of them and don't know what to do.





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Honestly, don't worry. A LOT of teenagers get stretch marks due to sudden growth which their bodies can't cope with- thank you puberty. To get rid of them, get some Bio Oil- works for scarring-, or buy some Medurma skin cream which is expensive so try a moisturiser first and use it as a last resort. You could also consider rubbing olive oil on the marks regularly- this has worked for some. I know close friends that have had stretch marks and most of them have faded- only one or two deep marks have remained. Try this and good luck :)

Im 14 and I have stretch marks on my lower back, buttocks, thighs, knees and upper thighs. I've read all over the internet it's either genetic(my mom has them) or puberty...But i need help. It's embarrassing and I feel really insecure about them especially when I wear skirts and shorts. Please help me an give me some advice.Thanks.





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I'm a 16 yr old girl. I used to wear bikinis when I was in sixth grade but when I started to get stretch marks, I couldn't wear them anymore. I have stretch marks around my breasts, the outer part of my underarm, inner and outer thighs and I just barely noticed that I have stretch marks on my stomach yesterday. I'm very depressed, I gained a lot of weight and I don't know what to do. I want to lose weight so bad, but I'm worried that I might get more stretch marks. What should I do?





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I'm 16 I have stretch marks all over my legs,breasts and bakini line and mine get really sore at they cut and irritate,their horrible&im not fat I weigh the normal weight for my age&height.

So Im 16 I have stretch marks on my upper thighs, inner thighs, hips and back of legs. I am really unconfedent about my body and I'm not sure if their from weight gain of for being tall it could be both. I am really unconfedent and I want them gone there red and new and I don't know what to so.





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Hi, ever since I was 13 I've been getting terrible stretch marks there all over my hips,and has recently started to go higher up my side I have them on the back of my legs and inner thighs and I find it really upsetting. seeing me at the age of 14 with stretch marks has really lowered my confidence levels. Each hoilday I have been on I found it really hard to wear bikini bottoms and shorts what can I do:(





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »