Stretch marks– AKA the human tiger stripe and a concept usually associated with pregnant woman, but one that we know often affects teen girls. They can be scary AF if you don’t know what they are or why they have appeared in your life. Stretch marks generally creep in during, or after, puberty when you experience rapid growth and gain, or lose, weight in areas such as legs, stomach and breasts. This quick change in the body leads to the formation of stretch marks as a result of the skin stretching faster than your body can adapt.
I know first hand how alarming this can be. Purple lines appeared on my legs around age 13 after I had quite a big growth spurt and lost weight as a result of puberty. When I first noticed them, I was absolutely terrified, embarrassed and had no idea what to do. I was nervous to tell my mom, and hoped that they would disappear on their own. However, as I played volleyball and spent most of my time in shorts, my mom eventually noticed and reassuringly explained what they were. Stretch marks are a totally normal part of growing, and happens to approximately 70% of teens. They definitely shouldn’t cause embarrassment or stress– Demi Lovato even recently took to Instagram to share pics embracing her stretch marks!
There are ways you can treat stretch marks. They are similar to a scar elsewhere on your body, so using scar treatment creams like Mederma will be effective in treating the mark. Furthermore, any lotions that contain vitamin E oil, cocoa or shea butter will also be effective in hydrating your skin and boosting elasticity. In addition to treating your skin from the outside, it’s important to feed it from the inside with diet as well.
As you may have noticed, here at Zenzy we’re really into caring for yourself in the most well-rounded way possible. Important treatment methods include drinking plenty of water to further hydrate your skin, and eating foods that are high in vitamins A and C (ex. Oranges, grapefruits, spinach, carrots and peaches). These vitamins boost collagen production, which is essential for healthy skin. Consuming a diet high in these vitamins can help fade stretch marks faster.
… Which brings me to my next point. Stretch marks do fade over time. I definitely understand that they can seem earth-shattering you see those lines staring back at you, but they will fade into your regular flesh tone if treated properly. If you have additional questions about stretch marks and their treatment, give us a shout in the comments below!
COVER IMAGE: @ddlovato