Stretch marks, they effect nearly everyone, even skinny people! Some more than others. Most people just associate them with women having babies but they occur whenever someone,with certain skin, gains or loses weight regardless of gender. Simply, whenever your skin stretches.(If you notice any new ones when you haven’t lost or gained weight, go see your Dr.)
If you have them and are getting really stressed and self conscious about the way they look, there are loads of beauty tips out there on how to camouflage them. Search for beauty blogs on here or other blog sites or research them on the Internet. Ask your friends or colleagues, I’m sure they will have tried stuff. Mostly, the advice will be to moisturise with creams or oils. Remember, everyone is different so if you try one cream that everyone is raving on about, your skin may not react to it like it did to theirs. You may have to try a couple to find your best one. Also remember that once you get stretch marks, they don’t disappear they just fade so don’t be expecting miracles. If no creams work, then I’ve heard of the laser treatment they can do. It’s pricey and painful by the sounds of it but it will help fade the marks immensely.
Surgery should be the last option in my opinion. It’s not free on the NHS but most importantly it comes with numerous risks like with any operation. Weigh up all the pros and cons extensively before you make any decisions.
The way I see it, as with anything, is to try and make a positive out of the negative. I have stretch marks all the way up my sides, under my arms, on my boobs and on my inner thighs. As I’ve been losing weight they seem to have got bigger and more prominent. But to be honest, I try and see them as battle scars. A reminder of what I’ve been through and how far I will have come when I reach my optimum weight. A reminder of the endurance and stamina it’s taken to lose this weight.
Over time they will naturally fade so I haven’t been worried about using creams (yet!) This summer it is my goal to wear a bikini on holiday and traipse around in pants all day long. My marks will be completely on show and I will wear them with pride.