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Stretch marks

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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Im 16 years old and I've got streach marks nearly everywhere legs belly arms boobs sides, I feel horrible with them I don't get my belly out when people touch it I go really funny Incase they see them and it's ruining my life . I've tried so many creams and oils and nothing is actually working there still bright red and Im running out of ideas and they are getting worse soemoen help me





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I'm 15 and I work out daily nothing like bodybuilding more like cardio and I have stretch marks everywhere ever since 10, the ones that really bother me are on my shoulders. I don't know what to do and I'm embarassed





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Hi I'm 20 and my sister is 13 we're from a Sudanese background which means we're very dark skinned, but we both have really bad stretch marks, on our legs, butt, arms, ass, thighs, boobs, we have tried everything to try and remove it, my mum didn't experience any stretch marks during her pregnancy or throughout her life, We thought of getting laser treatment but because our skin is very dark, it would be hard to cover it without complications. We are both in the modelling industry, we're both super tall and very skinny, we eat healthy but still can't seem to rid of the stretch marks. If you have any advice please help.





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Hi I'm 14 and I have purple coloured stretch marks on my breasts near my under arms and inner thighs when I asked my mum what they were she said she doesn't know and i wear a skirt for school so i get really uncomfortable and I'm not fat nor chubby I have played soccer for many years and have a lot of muscle on my thighs but would that effect anything





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I'm 14 and I have stretch marks on my stomach, and breast. I have been losing weight so I don't quite understand that. Would it help if I told you the stretch marks go up (The skin rises more). They aren't really bad just pink/red. I've been getting a lot more now. Why?





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Hello I am 14 and I have stretch marks on my breasts, and hips I am not fat I am a size 8 but I think bio oil helps, mine are slowley fading away I am so insecure about them I am geting a spray tan tomorrow to see is that would cover them up for my holiday x

I'm 16 and I've gained so much weight ever since I got a boyfriend, when I was younger I noticed them on my inner thighs but I lost a lot of weight as I got older. I'm so insecure now because they're on the back of my legs, bum, inner thighs, hips, just all over! I can't stand the sight of myself and I moisturise every single day. Is there any other way to get rid of them? I don't want to starve myself or anything silly so that I lose weight but I'm not going in the hot tub on holiday because I'm too nervous about the way I look:(





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I am 16 and have a few stretch marks on my upper left thigh. Im not fat in body weight and have a healthy lifestyle. Is it normal for me to have these and is there a solution to get rid of them and they are scaring me.





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I have stretch marks on my hips,shoulders,arms and bottom,thighs and back legs my hips have kind of faded by I have only recently got them on my shoulders and arms? It makes me want to cry what can I do to get rid of them!??





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Hi My 13 year old son has got stretch marks on his hips and has just started to get them on his lower abdomen. He has gained a lot of weight over the recent months although does a lot of exercise. Is this anything to do with puberty?





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This will help, it helped me. http://track.markethealth.com/aff_c?offer_id=514&aff_id=299795

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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This sounds exactly like me! If someone could help it would be greatly appreciated, after using biooil for 4 years daily and the stretch marks being a deep purple colour and very deep ridges, its shameful for me, im getting more and more, yet ive been drinking alot and have only gained about 2 stone over 4 years, im 16 and its humiliating. Please help!

Have you two been growing a lot recently? A lot of people get stretch marks on their skin during puberty.

No I haven't been growing that much 😳





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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 »