The Reality of Stretch Marks: My Body Will Never Be the Same
By The Reality of Stretch Marks: My Body Will Never Be the Same
I have been reading about stretch marks since I was young. They were something that my grandmother told me about when she would visit us from time to time. She always had a story to tell, but it wasn’t until I started going through puberty that I really began to understand what they meant.
Stretch marks are a result of your body’s natural growth process. Your skin grows thicker over time, which means there is less space between each layer of skin cells. When these layers start to separate, they form tiny wrinkles or folds in the skin.
These little lines may look like small scars on someone else’s bodies, but they’re not visible unless you have very good vision.
They’re also called dermestibularosis because they cause the teeth to protrude out of their sockets. You might think that stretching the mouth muscles would make them disappear, but it doesn’t work that way. If anything, it makes them worse!
A few years ago I saw a woman with a similar condition who had braces put on her teeth so she could chew better. Her teeth didn’t grow back properly and now they’re crooked again!
They’re usually caused by some sort of rapid growth spurt. It doesn’t matter if it’s a change in your height or weight, you may start to notice them after puberty. It’s normal for teenagers and young adults to grow a lot in a short period of time, which is why so many of them suffer from stretch marks.
Your genetic structure and your overall health can also play a part in how you grow. If your body has a high metabolism, it may shed the extra pounds very quickly. But if you gain weight in your midsection, then your skin will have a difficult time stretching over your stomach. If you’re an older woman who is pregnant, then you may start to notice them after the child is born.
I didn’t think stretch marks were such a big deal at first. My grandmother got them when she was younger and she didn’t seem to mind them. They’re mostly unsightly and that’s about it.
It wasn’t until I started to go through puberty that I realized how much they could affect a person’s self-esteem. My hips and legs were widening very quickly, which caused them to start to appear on my thighs and butt. It was such a strange feeling to feel the skin stretching over my body, but there was nothing I could do to prevent it from happening. It seemed like overnight my body transformed into that of an adult.
My friends and I tried to ignore the fact that we were all growing up, but it was difficult to do. Some of the girls started wearing baggy clothes in an attempt to hide their figures. Others would make jokes about being fat, even though they were just as skinny as ever.
It didn’t help that the media bombards us with images of supermodel wannabes on a daily basis, making many of us feel insecure about our looks.
It seems to me that the older you get, the less you care about things like this. When I was younger I used to hang out with a group of guys who were always making fun of people with stretch marks or funny looking teeth. I don’t know why I associated with them in the first place.
Now that I think about it, they probably had a lot of insecurities of their own that they were trying to cover up. I feel sorry for them now because they’ll never know the feeling of having a child.
I don’t have stretch marks on my stomach anymore, but I do have a few on my thighs and one on my back! The only consolation I have is that they don’t bother me as much anymore. I think the main reason why is because I’m going to be a mother soon and all of this is going to be over with soon.
I’m going to have my hands full taking care of a newborn. I won’t have time to care if I have a few red lines on my legs!
Stretch marks are a normal side effect of rapid growth. They can appear anywhere on the body, as you have already noticed. They also affect both men and women, although they are more common among pregnant women and growing teenagers.
There is nothing you can do to prevent them from appearing, but there are several ways to treat them. Most doctors will recommend that you start using a specific type of moisturizer before you notice the marks starting to form. This will help to keep the skin hydrated and may even prevent them from occurring. You can also try using creams that contain vitamins A, C, and E or apply tea tree, grape seed, or almond oil directly to the affected area.
If you find that the red lines have already formed, there are certain procedures you can try. Waxing, chemical peels, and laser surgery are all effective methods in improving the appearance of stretch marks. These are only temporary solutions, however, and the stretch marks may become apparent again in the future.
I have tried almost everything on this list at one time or another. Some of these stretch mark remedies actually work. Unfortunately, I found that they only work in the short term.
By the time my second child was born, I found that the stretch marks had returned to their original state. I don’t think there is anything that can be done to permanently get rid of them. In the meantime, I plan to enjoy the miracle that is my children and forget about a couple of little red lines on my thighs!
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