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Stretch Mark Advice

Don't Sweat Stretch Marks — Seriously

Almost everyone has at least a few stretch marks, but they're usually only considered a "problem" for women. There are a lot of not terribly effective treatments already out there, and there's recent news of a new laser treatment hitting the market that's supposed to reduce them. I say, if having a procedure like that will make you happy, then go for it. But you know what? As someone who's tried to get rid of, and finally learned to accept, her "stretchies," I'd much rather see a bunch of happy, self-confident women with their marks proudly on display any day of the week.

That's right, I want stretch marks on the beach, not covered up with makeup at the mall, and playing outside in the park on weekends. They're a sign that you've physically grown as a person, that you've matured into a woman, and sometimes that you've created life.

Plus, guys usually don't mind theirs. I see men with large stretch marks out shirtless all the time, and to tell the truth, though they're noticeable, they're also completely normal — even pretty cool looking. Also, remember: Anyone who says something derogatory about the stretch marks they see on another person is nothing but a hypocrite, because they probably have some themselves. I'm not suggesting you stop taking care of your skin and moisturizing to keep it looking nice, but I do think women are being encouraged to worry about something that's absolutely fine. Where do you stand on this?

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popolklkp popolklkp 7 years
For many years, I suffer from lack of confidence because of my skin appearance. I had spots, scars, stretch marks, bruises, and untoned skin. I had to live with the fact that I was brutally beaten up by acne acne and it really show. I was introduced to Made from Earth by magazine advertisements. For a very small amount, it was really pricey, but I wanted to desperately get rid of these flaws. I hated the thought of spending money, but when I applied the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum onto my skin and face area, it wasn't what I had expected it at all. The firming serum doesn't leave any greasy or oily residues on face or skin. Made from Earth claimed that you would see the results in three weeks, and they were right!! I applied it to my face and skin two times a day, they said, and I saw the difference. The changes were dramatic, and I love it. My skin tone are now balanced, my spots, scars, and bruises have reeduced in appearances. Also, the Aloe Vera Skin Treatment works well with stretch mark. I even used it before, during, and after the pregnancy.
beautyaddict13 beautyaddict13 7 years
I hate mine! I'm a teenager and I just hate the stretch marks I have on my hips and butt. They are purple and are very noticeable. I heard that cocoa butter and vitamin e helps so I might try those.
erinalise erinalise 7 years
AMEN! Thank you for posting this!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I have some on my inner thighs from puberty. They're silvery now and I don't really notice them anymore. And for what it's worth, I've seen stretch marks on a few lists to the effect of "things girls worry about that don't really matter to men."
cjmara805 cjmara805 7 years
My stretch marks are all horizontal, meaning I grew taller! They used to bother me till my fiance pointed that out to me, they don't seem so bad anymore.
Berzerker Berzerker 7 years
Only on my left side do I have a kind of stretch mark...When I was 13 I skidded down a steep hill after falling on my skateboard (And belly shirts where in back then). I was picking out gravel pebbles out of my side for weeks. Even 13 years later it has that tell-tale "cat scratch" look.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I have them as well, but rather than give a fortune to a person whose job it is to make money off of the insecurities of others (face only 1% of plastic surgeons do charity work) I would rather let mother nature take care of it for me. I use shea butter, cocoa butter and almond oil, and while everyone is against the sun nowadays, it's the best thing for concealing stretch marks. Since nature gave them to me nature can hide them for me as well.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I don't think not having stretch marks means being "better," so that's where we differ. I do think that they are signs of cool things; for instance, think of a woman who earned hers through pregnancy. As far as the photo goes, it's a stock photo. (Believe it or not, it's hard to find images with stretch marks, since they're usually retouched.) We aim to be diverse in our photo selection, as I hope you can see by looking through our archives, but are always working to do better.
zc zc 7 years
It's great reading how so many other people have strechmarks. I have on my thighs and butt, they're less noticeable than they were but I'm still self conscious about them.
Charblit Charblit 7 years
This rules! And generally, if you hate yourself so much that you'd spend your savings on expensive procedures to change your body, you'll find something else that you "hate, hate, hate" and is "gross and hideous" about your body as soon as you get rid of the thing you're fixated on.
ladytron2000 ladytron2000 7 years
Never been preggers, but from the look of my body, you'd think I'd had a dozen kids! Sadly, NEVER been proud nor will I ever be that I have stretch marks. They're embarrassing, gross and hideous! Never will they see the sunlight nor anyone else's eyes. I'd pay MILLIONS to get them removed, along with all my broken capilaries. No joke.
ashazooloo ashazooloo 7 years
ashazooloo ashazooloo 7 years
Love this article but still can't accept my stretch marks. I hate that I was never fat nor pregnant, yet I got them all over my body (boobs, hips, things, and back of my legs) from growing up (had them since I was 11 or so). They make me feel like a zebra LOL, sometimes I joke about having a map of the world on my butt. I wish my mom had told me to moisturize my skin to avoid having them (grew up in a really dry area, which I think helped developing them). :-(
sweetcake1103 sweetcake1103 7 years
Love this article and all the comments -- makes me feel a lot better about myself!!!
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
i used to hate the strechmarks i have on my hips (from developing very fast pre-teens) until i saw post-pregnancy tummy and breast stretchmarks; it really hit me that i wasn't the select individual chosen by the heavens to be punished with lines, but rather, it is an aspect of the evolution of the human body, much like developing body hair from childhood to teens or going gray etc if you want to remove it, go ahead - but don't treat it like an illness or defect.
missmari missmari 7 years
I'm 27. I've never been pregnant, but I have stretch marks from being overweight for many years (think most of elementary and middle and all but the last semester of high school). So when I lost weight, I got stretch marks on my stomach, and around my boobs. I think they kind of suck, but they're also a reminder that I was overweight and lost the weight. I'd rather have the stretch marks than the fat any day.
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