What the hell are stretch marks and how do I get rid of them??
News flash! Everybody either has, will have, and are capable of having stretch marks. Stretch marks are the little jagged marks you might have on your arms or legs, if they are new they are most likely red and if they are old they will have faded to a silver, almost white appearance. Typically there are the three main layers of skin and the stretch marks are caused by; the other two layers expanding and the middle layer ripping. A lot of the time stretch marks appear because of pregnancy, the sudden stretching of the skin prevents the elasticity to do it’s job so the middle layers rips, sudden weight gain, puberty, even building up muscle quickly can cause stretch marks.
There really is no guarantee in getting rid of them or in preventing stretch marks. You can douse your skin in baby oil, mineral oil, lotions and whatnot, but once there, they are there. There will always be the possibility that you will get them, and if you have them, well, you better get used to them because they will be your buddy for life.
Listen, I get it. It feels like I have had stretch marks my entire life. I have had them ever since I was a kid! I would get made fun of at school because of all the red lines on my arms and legs, and I still have them to this day and yes, they still make me feel extremely self conscious. I have stretch marks on my arms, my shoulders, my back, my stomach, my sides, I have them on my legs and even behind my knees!! The most frustrating thing about this to me is that sometimes they still get red. I don’t know what it is, I am not gaining weight, in fact I am losing weight but the little bastards still have the guts to turn red on me! I think that is why I am still afraid to wear shorts or anything revealing because there is a possibility that the marks will expose themselves even more, by suddenly getting red.
A terrible thing happened the other day that sabotaged my acceptance of my stretch marks, I was hanging from a monkey bar at the park, and my brother saw some of the stretch marks on my tummy, because my shirt lifted up a bit. He promptly exclaimed, “oh my God! What are those on your stomach!? They look painful! Are they painful? Is something wrong with you? Are you alright?” Mind you, no one else was around so it wasn’t like he was trying to humiliate me or anything, but it still hurt when he pointed them out. He knew what they were as he has had them as well, I have no idea what he was trying to accomplish other than infuriating me, which he succeeded at.
What I am trying to say is that being over weight is a lot of work, losing the weight is a lot of work, and accepting yourself for your flaws is a lot of work. I will lose the weight and I will lose the redness in my stretch marks, but I will never be able to work them away no matter how much I exercise or how little I eat. They are a part of me, and therefore I will have to find a way to make friends with them.
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