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Default Stretch Marks? BUT I'M SO YOUNG! - 08-01-2008, 07:39 PM

Hey people! Yeah so, I'm kinda embarrased to talk about it, but I'm 13 years old and I started getting a few stretchmarks on the sides of my upper thighs, and I'm supper skinny, so I really don't know why I have them (no offense to girls who are considered "large"). I guess you can't really notice them from a distance because when I wear my bikini at the pool, no one really seems to notice. But I still feel really embarrased. I talked to my mom but she says that stretchmarks aren't "cureable". I get hot as heck in gym class because I'm to embarrased to wear short shorts like everyone else, afriad that everyone will see them. Is this a normal thing? Do other girls as young as me or even younger get stretchmarks? Should I talk to my doctor about it? Why is this happening to me? PLEASE REPLY! Thank you!

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Default 08-01-2008, 09:01 PM

Stretch makrs are caused by your skin stretching and tearing inside, to put it simply. Its caused by weight gain, loss, and simply growing a lot really quickly. Don't be embarassed, it is completely normal. When I was younger than you I started developing them and still am in strange places, like near my belly button. Mine is a more extreme case though.

While they aren't "curable", you can help your skin heal back together so that they fade out of existence. A simple thing to do is rub lotion with Vitamin E into them combined with cocoa butter. If that doesn't work, you could take vitamin E in the form of capsules or even break them open and rub the oil directly on them. In most cases that will help, but it isn't immediate. You'll have to wait a few weeks to months for them to fade and there's no guarantee that they will go away. Finally, if that doesn't work, I suggest going to see a dermatologist. There is medicine they can give for extreme cases to help them fade.


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Default 08-09-2008, 11:26 AM

They aren't anything to worry about, I guess most teenagers get them because they are growing quickly. I have some on my tummy and back.


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Default 08-09-2008, 11:45 AM

I have them on the top of my thighs but you can only see them when i've got out of a hot shower or something. I know they are usually from gaining or losing weight quickly but i haven't done either. I have gained a stone in the last couple of months but just looking at me you cant tell. i think it's cause i got taller.

Im 14 and got them about 3 months ago. They are horrible and purple and i hate them. I think it might be because i got tall pretty uickly (from 5" to 5"5 in abotu 5 months?)


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Default 08-09-2008, 06:21 PM

Growing that fast does cause them too. In fact, when they are purple it indicates that they are trying to heal. I have purple and white ones on my hips since they widened out very quickly, the white ones are healed and scar tissue while the purple are still healing.


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Default 08-10-2008, 12:25 PM

i got them... i never show my body to people. i cant stand it its so embarassing to me. i;ve tried like bio oil and all that jazz but it doesnt work bor me.



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Default 08-27-2008, 02:37 PM

i also have them on my thighs. and on my ****s. whichis lovley (no low cut clothing or revealing swimsuits aloud)


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Default 03-16-2009, 10:37 AM

I've had them for a whiiiiile and they are very annoying. They can be caused by just growing and getting older. They will go away eventually :]


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Default 12-27-2009, 12:06 AM

i hate to admit it but i have them 2 .its on my sides because im a ittle overweight and i had a huge growth spurt in 4th grade.i grew 6 in!so thats were my came from
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