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Bye-Bye Stretch Marks?

The constant struggle to find a solution, or make peace with my body.

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It’s about time to admit it: I have stretch marks on my legs, and they suck big time! I wasn’t bothered by them until high school, when most girls start to become self-conscious and seek approval from everyone else, especially boys. What’s worse was that while other women with stretch marks still went out in public in short shorts and sexy skirts, I couldn’t.

Bye-Bye Stretch Marks?

I’ve had my stretch marks since puberty. While science says they were caused by the tearing of the dermis, I used to believe my grandma’s idea that they happen when a female steps on a thread during her first menstruation. Ridiculous, I know. What’s true, however, is that I used to do a lot of stretching when I was a teen. So if I believe in science, my marks could be the result of the severe pulling force on my skin way beyond its elasticity.

During summer outings, I secretly become anxious at the thought of wearing swimsuits. My friends would console me by saying it doesn’t really matter. Of course it doesn’t matter – for them – because they’re my friends. But in my mind, it mattered very much – to other people. It was during those times that I’d try to think ways to remove my stretch marks so I could finally stop being so self-conscious.

Bye-Bye Stretch Marks?

My first plan was to have tattoos on my legs, right at the back of my knees where the ugly stretch marks are lurking. I could put some tattooed roses in there with the word “rebel fleur”, ala Rihanna. Or I could ask the artist to just trace the stretch marks in black ink. Maybe it’ll be cool and original, especially when I’m bikini-clad on the beach, but my fear of needles hindered me from pursuing this “ingenious” plan.

Bye-Bye Stretch Marks?

I’ve scoured the world, via the Internet, looking for creams to cure my “embarrassing stretch marks”. Sadly, none of them have actually removed them. Minimizers? I don’t know if some of the creams have really minimized the stretch marks or I just imagined them fading away because I’m so desperately hopeful of a positive result. All I know is that they’re not gone and are still coarsely visible.

Then I discovered that laser treatments can help treat stretch marks. Fractional laser therapy is quite an expensive procedure but is said to produce good results for white stretch marks like mine. Laser therapy will create a number of vertical injuries to the patient’s skin (the diameter of a hair shaft) with non-treated, uninjured skin in between the treated areas to help heal the wound and replace the area with new skin.

Bye-Bye Stretch Marks?

Shall I undergo laser treatment for my stretch marks? I may or may not consider it someday. But right now, I’ll just keep my options open. Yes, they bother me, but I don’t see them as a life-or-death situation. Besides, I’m certainly not a beauty queen or a model, so I don’t need flawless legs. I’m just a normal woman with stretch marks on my knees that the media deems “shameful” to have. And as long as commercial advertising says it’s “shameful” to have stretch marks, many women like myself will be too self-conscious to show them.

The good news is that many celebrities have now stepped forward and talked about their cellulite and stretch marks, among other body image issues. One day, I might be influenced by their resilience and will finally come to accept my flaws as part of simply being human.

Originally from Denver and now living in NYC, Angie has been writing since she was small. She lives in the Flatiron district with her partner Tanya and their mutt Sparky (always adopt!) In her spare time she loves to paint (mostly abstract) and talk to random people on the street to find out what's interesting to them.

Reader Discussion: 85 Comments

  1. I should have taken before pics, but I think this lotion might be helping to fade my stretch marks a bit….not a miracle by any means, but worth a shot. Other than the smell, i hate the smell, it’s a good, organic lotion. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, that will eliminate them, at least nothing you can buy without visiting a laser or a knife. I’m a plastic surgery junkie and would pay big money if something actually worked on my, in some places, inch-wide marks, that my tummy tuck couldn’t eliminate. If they’re under your belly button, stop buying creams and save your money for a tummy tuck. That’s the only fix for massive stretch marks. For people who don’t have stretch marks yet, give it a go and rub it on in large quantities and pray to the genetics gods that you aren’t blessed with them like your mother.

  2. Miya

    My stretch marks show the beauty of my transition into womanhood. I love my body. I love every bit of hips, boobs, and booty. By the end of the day, You should love every bit of yourself. Regardless if you have–stretch marks and all.

  3. Linda Silva

    You’ll meet people who wouldn’t care about such shallow sentiments and you should keep them. My husband loves my stretch marks. He knows that these are battle scars that came from giving birth to two of our kids. It was a beautiful journey for the two of us and we have learned to accept everything that came along with my pregnancy. The non-perky breasts, the flabby thighs, cellulites and stretch marks, they’re all a symbol of triumph from having to give life to two of our beautiful daughters. These are the people you keep, no matter what. They will make you feel beautiful even if you no longer think you are and that’s what matters most.

    • That’s a lovely story. I hope I meet someone who will love me the way I am as well. Motherhood is such a blessing despite it taking a toll on our bodies.

  4. Connie Schmidt

    My only problem with this article is that it talked about one’s setiments about their own body issues. The thing is, for influencial blogs/magazines, you’re supposed to use that power to empower people and not sympathize with their flaws. Sympathizing with them is like agreeing that it’s okay to feel insecure about something whether if it’s right or wrong. Why not just uplift them and make them feel like it’s alright to have them because everyone is beautiful regardless of imperfections? You could have offered something better than suggesting to do laser treatment. You could have made them feel like you understood how they feel but it’s nothing to be worried about. Instead, you’re letting them feed off on their own insecurities as well.

  5. Esther Devine

    As long as the stretch mark isn’t on my face then I DO NOT CARE.?

    • corinna dobrik

      Exactly! I do have stretch marks on my legs, and I just covered it with tattoos. My friends love it.

  6. Ben Fulton

    I don’t think it’s a turnoff for me for women to have stretchmarks. Even us men get them. I’d be more put off by women who can’t accept their own bodies and would yap about them every minute. No one really wants to hear anyone complain about NORMAL flaws. I’d rather that woman to be just confident, however flawed she is. You don’t hear men saying “Dude, I got a new stretch mark on my ass. How do I get rid of it?” We don’t really mind, ladies. It’s all in your head. (Although asshats really do exist) But for me, personally, I don’t mind women having them especially if it was because of pregnancy.

  7. It’s kind of stupid to pay for such a treatment just to remove stretch marks. The only way I’ll be spending on laser is if it’s for my eyesight. But not because I’m so insecure about my body. Unless you parade your body in public or profit from it, I don’t think it’s okay.

  8. Brittany West

    Laser treatment, huh. If these kinds of treatments really do something about stretch marks and cellulites, then no celebrity would have them.

    • Exactly. They don’t really go away. I mean I haven’t really tried the procedure myself but if those rich people have, and we still see them with stretch marks, then nothing will ever make it go away.

  9. Deanna Woods

    Just a tip for those who really want to do something about their stretch marks. It’s highly suggested that you cure the purple/blue marks as soon as you see them. It can still be diminished compared to white marks that are a lot like scars already. Vitamin E and Shea Butter seems to work well in improving your skin’s elasticity.

  10. Clarice Ratcliffe

    It’s like every little thing that we don’t agree with our bodies having, we hate on it. When did we ever become such shallow beings that almost anything that has to do with being imperfect bothers us? I do have insecurities myself but I don’t let it get in the way. I accept it and move on with my life.

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