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Stretch Marks Be Gone

When you grow or gain weight quickly, your skin takes a beating. When it's overstretched, the normal production of collagen (the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin) is disrupted - Hello stretch marks.

This usually happens during pregnancy or puberty (as if surviving those events aren't hard enough - now we have scars to prove it). Both women and men get them. The million dollar question is, how do we get rid of them?

Unfortunately all those creams and lotions that claim to help don't do a darn thing.

You'll have to visit a dermatologist or plastic surgeon if they're really bothering you. They can perform procedures such as microdermabrasion and laser treatment - these reduce the appearance of stretch marks. But you'll pay a pretty penny for these techniques and your insurance won't cover them.

Fit's Tips: Embrace your stretch marks - and take advantage of fashions that hide them. When you're in the sun, choose higher neck bathing suits or ones with boy cut shorts. Some suits even have little skirts attached, or you can wrap a pretty scarf or sarong around your hips.

And make sure to use sunscreen on the areas where you have visible stretch marks - your skin will tan, but your stretch marks won't, making them even more noticeable.

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No-Stretch-Marks No-Stretch-Marks 9 years
Stretch marks pose no health risks, but they can be pretty embarrasing for some. There are plenty of ways of treating them and everyone needs to find a method suitable for themselves. has loads of info on them, how they are caused and how they can be treated.
Cherryluv Cherryluv 10 years
Thanks Ms_Magnificent1 for your wonderful advice. I have really bad stretch marks too, and I'm always self concious about them. I always wondered what everyone will think, but I guess that people are gunna have to love me for who I am. :)
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
I have terrible stretch marks on my thighs! They're all silvery right now. My mum says that they might or might not go away once I finish up with puberty.
katie225 katie225 10 years
my sister was just recently pregnant, and she put lotion on her stomach every single day since the day she found out, and she never got a stretch mark. i've found that putting lotion on the areas affected won't make the ones that are already there go away, but it does reduce the likelihood of new ones appearing. i am in no way a dermatologist.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
When I was a teen, I started to get them and I put vitamin E oil, from the capsules, on them and they went away. I think when you see them start, try this technique. I don't think it can hurt you. I was lucky when preggo - I didn't get any. I am a pretty oily person though and I think that might help.
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
Aww thanks fashion_doll :-)...
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 10 years
Ms magnificent, you're absolutely right not to be ashamed of your scar! You should be proud of it, because it proves what a great person you are.
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
I have a scar on my back b.cuz I donated bone marrow to a family member...I used to be ashamed of my scar and I would always make sure my shirts were tucked in so you could never see it. Also, I never wanted my bf to see my back during well u know lol...but now I'm like this is apart of me and every man I know never gags at it. As a matter of fact it shows them I'm strong and I will go through great lengths for the people I love. Point of my story? Don't let a lil bodily defect define who you are and make you ashamed of an area of your body...if someone is that petty enough to make fun of or gag at something that is natural you are blessed to be without them.
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
I believe when FitSugar says "embace your stretch marks" it means to not be ashamed of the fact you have them. Some people basically beat themselves up b.cuz their bodies aren't "perfect"... And its really not that serious...I mean some men have stretch marks too. No one is perfect and everyone has flaws.
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 10 years
I have stretchmarks both on my breasts and on my thighs. It hasn't got anything to do at all with 'weighing more than you should'. Like the article said, it can be from growing fast during puberty. I don't think we should be ashamed by or stretch marks! Like mitzvahsha said, pretty much everyone has got them! And in my experience, tanning has somewhat reduced them. They also get less noticeable over the years.
mitzvahsha mitzvahsha 10 years
I'm all for embracing the body, but wouldn't covering up something you're embracing be a contradiction (see: "Embrace your stretch marks - and take advantage of fashions that hide them")? I say if you're embracing those little blighters, wear whatever you want. I just came home from a beach vacation, and it seems like pretty much everyone over the age of 12 has some stretch marks, regardless of size. Seeing that stretch marks don't affect your health at all, I'd tend to just ignore them. Granted, I'm as pale as a ghost, so it's easy for me to say - anyone getting close enough to check out my stretch marks on the beach would be blinded first! :-)
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
Embrace your stretchmarks? Um, right. If you saw someone walking down the beach with stretchmarks everywhere, you would gag. Don't kid yourself. I'm all for good body image, but there are some things you can't rationalize. I can even see how c-section scars can be embraced or some injury from childhood, but stretchmarks are constant reminder of a time when you weighed more than you should.
snickerdoodle snickerdoodle 10 years
Haha, Imabeliever, I thought the same thing! It was like "Oooo...psych!" Cruel, fit, very cruel. :( I've never had a baby, so I guess I'm not really worthy to belong to the Stretch-Marks Sisters society, but they're still frustrating! Mine are on my boobs, so when I wanna show off my cleavage, I end up feeling self-conscious.
la_clique la_clique 10 years
I've never had kids, but I have stretch marks. Most people have em. Real tanning might not work, but fake ones can cover them :D I'm super pale, too. Finally, a plus for pale skin!
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
I heard flushing out the toxins in your body help by going on a detox diet like Dr this true FitSugar?
DStirk DStirk 10 years
strech marks are def a big bummer but i feel like more people have them than those who dont, so i dont feel so bad.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
True wynter, but I miss shorts and two pieces... ah well. Hopefully next summer will have some cute granny swimsuits for me :)
wynter wynter 10 years
I have a very fair complection, so my stretch marks aren't too noticable. I don't mind them though - they're not pretty but they're "battle wounds", and they came along with the greatest gifts in my life. Small price to pay for that happiness. :D
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
Man..i thought this was going to have an over the counter wonder product..not a haha fact of life get over it or get plastic surgery slap n the face! LOL! Oh well.. depressed..gotta go embrace my stretch marks and change my wardrobe now.. very busy...very busy.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Collagen lotions are garbage. If you could just smear it on to plump up, they wouldn't have to inject it into your lips. They would just pack it on and wait for it to soak in. Big fat molecules = don't waste your money! Amen, fit!
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