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There is hope for us with stretch marks!!!!! (Anonymous)

July 22, 2009

October 1, 2000, I delivered a healthy baby boy. However, when I brought my baby home, got the shower water running and started taking off my clothes I was not happy with what I saw. I was happy to see how my breast size had increased (I was a 34A before I had my baby and now a 34D). Besides the fact that I stretch marks on my belly, I had them on my upper thighs, hips, all over my but, all over my calves,(I had stretch marks on my calves before I had my baby but not as much to where I could not where shorts or a dress. Maybe 3 small ones on each calve.) and the back of my arms. My body became a road map of strech marks. I was so depressed. I cried when I got in the shower and when I got out. You see, before I had a baby I was alway the kind of girl to cover up my body. I always had a beautiful shape but never felt the need to show it off. Part of the reason why I stayed cover up was because I never felt feminine because my breast were small and I got teased for that for years. People would tell me how beautiful I am and how i should where a dress or skirt, but I never felt women enough to do that. But after having my baby and seeing how my breast blossomed I was going to lose weight and show off my figure. That dream stayed a dream. My body looked horrible.. I was 19, 5’3 177 bls after having a baby. Before I had the baby i was 130 ibs. I realized how much my body was beautiful before and I should have taken advantage of my youth. Fast foward to 2009. I have worn a dress 3 times in my life. One for my 6th grade graduation, a wedding in 2006 and I was ashamed and depressed because people stared at the stretch marks on my calves and on June 13, 2009 for my college graduation. That graduation was the best day of my life. Besides the fact that I graduated with my bachelors degree I wore a dress above my knees!!!!! I was determined to do so. I read about makeup and covering up marks. I found out about how airbrush makeup could cover up scars and tatttos. I thought maybe it could cover up stretch marks. I checked out airbrush make up artist and they could not cover it up. I had one last airbrush artist to see. I ran out of hope but decided to see her anyway. When I met her, she was warm and friendly. I told her my story and how it is important that I where a dress above my knees and cover up the stretch marks on my calves. She said had could do it(she never had a client with stretch marks before). When she got that airbrush and started spraying my calves with the make up and finished, I looked in the mirror and wanted to cry. My stretch marks was gone!!!! I said “Yes, I could finally wear a dress, shorts and belly tops.” Thanks to Lilly for the dramatic change and impact she has had in my life. Ladies there is hope out there!!!!

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62 Responses to “There is hope for us with stretch marks!!!!! (Anonymous)”

  1. TracyKM Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I’ve always had stretch marks on my calves/back of knees. Never thought I couldn’t wear dresses before. I’ve never noticed people staring at me–I wouldn’t stare at another woman’s legs either, LOL.
    That’s great you’ve found a way to feel better and have a new outlook. Now I”m wondering if I should have been concerned about my own legs, LOL!

  2. Bonnie (SOAM) Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 10:06 am

    No way, Tracy! I have the same stretchmarks on my legs, but I won’t wear pants in this weather! LOL I don’t hide mine. ;)

  3. Stacie Hulm Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Hey there! Maybe it’s because you’re still really young (to me who’s 34!), but hopefully as time goes by you’ll be able to take the focus off things like stretchmarks.

    You only think people are staring at them … I really don’t think people put that much energy into being critical of others. And if they do – they are the ones with the problem … they need to see a shrink to explore their own insecurities.

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. 75-80% of women have stretchmarks. It’s more normal to have stretchmarks then not to have them.

    Don’t waste too much time, money and energy on thinking about ways to cover them up. Life’s too short. I have them in all the same places you do. I used to stress about them like you. Until one day I just let it go. I think the ability to do this comes with age and the knowledge that NO ONE is physically perfect (whatever that means).

    The energy I spent worrying about them was energy I could have spent doing something productive and good in the world. Don’t make the same mistake as me! You’re your own worst critic … change that and become your own greatest fan!

  4. Louise Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I’m like Tracy. I’ve always had stretch marks on my legs and thighs. Pregnancy made it worse, but I never thought to cover them up. I wear shorts, bikinis and dresses all the time.

    But it’s good you found a way to make yourself happy.

  5. Healthnut mama Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    When I had my son, I thought I was the only person with stretchmarks on the back of my legs, All the way down to my ankles! I still have yet to see someone with stretchmarks on their legs in person. You look beautiful and people really dont care about stretchmarks after all! And if they do theyre petty. I heard a quote recently that said: “those who matter dont mind, and those who mind don’t matter”. You are beautiful!

  6. Ninja Mom Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    contrary to popular belief, some of us actually like our bodies, stretchmarks and all.

  7. Mina Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Your legs look great without the airbrushing!
    I don’t know you and have no reason to lie to you my dear…if I were standing in line behind you at the grocery store and saw you bare-legged, I would NEVER notice those marks on your calves…I really wouldn’t!

    I could see doing the airbrushing or a body makeup sort of product for a special occasion…but on a hot day…wear shorts proudly mama – there’s nothing wrong with your legs!

  8. 13 Weeks Pregnant Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Your legs look fine, don’t worry about the things others might think, its your life you alone are captain of the ship. I have stretch marks and I don’t care it comes with having babies and its absolutely normal. Love yourself and be proud of having created a new life. You’re a mum and mums rock and no stretch mark is gonna change that!

  9. cmom Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Embrace them! There is far too much energy wasted on what (we think) others think about us, and I guarantee you that no one was staring at your calves! You wouldn’t even know it if they were, and if they would then that’s their problem anyway. You must discover your own self-worth within, not based on anyone else’s opinion.

  10. Shannon Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story, and for giving hope to women who share your same concerns. Of course, in a perfect world, we wouldn’t care about what our bodies look like, but we do have feelings, we are human, and I congratulate you for persevering and finding something that makes you feel more beautiful! You go Mama!

  11. Tinia Says:
    July 24th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    That is great to know something will work that is inexpensive and non-invasive!

  12. Sarah Says:
    July 24th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I have some stretch marks on the inside of my right leg. I don’t cover them up, either. But that airbrush idea is really great! I could use it b/c my legs are extremely pale no matter how often I’m in the sun with shorts. LOL.

  13. frances Says:
    August 5th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I wonder if self-tanner would do something similar…

  14. katherine Says:
    August 8th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Omggggggggggggggg
    Big difference ihave the same problem please help meeeeeee ! I have a sweet 16 and iwant to wear a short dress..but these stretch marks..your story is crazy but please write to me. I’m 16

  15. Jessica Says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Where do I get it for myself???

  16. Amanda Says:
    September 10th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I’m so happy for you hun! I tried covering mine up with foundation makeup, but it looked terrible, lol. I will look into this airbrushing. THANKS!!! And thank you for sharing!!! :)

  17. Myoshia Says:
    October 7th, 2009 at 2:45 am

    For the wonderful ladies on this site who have made me feel beautiful about myself, I want to tell you think you. Although I was able to cover up the stretch marks on my graduation, the stretch marks will always be there. I am learning to accept myself. I focus on living righteous, increasing my love and faith in the lord, being happy, confident, assertive, eating healthy, exercising and trying to the best parent to my son. Developing as a better person I realize is better than being depressed over the stretch marks I have all over my body. However you want to temp cover the stretch marks for an event go to bridalgal.com. She is based in new York.

  18. harriet Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    i have stretch marks on my thighs and i am only 13 and i have to say things to get out of swimming and everything like that. what does everyone think i should do about it?? please help me out i have tried bio-oil but a 13 year old girl shouldn’t have to worry about stuff like this and for all u how have teenagers girls out there dont give up on them and never stop loving them.. so guys please help me WHAT SHOULD I DO ??/
    x

  19. Bonnie (SOAM) Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Actually, sweetie, TONS of girls get stretchmarks on their legs during puberty. Myself included. When I was 12, I was 5 feet 2 inches tall. At the end of junior high, 2 1/2 years later, I was 5 feet 8 inches tall. That’s a LOT of growing and my skin could not keep up with me. I promise you that I remember how much it hurt me to have them on my legs. I felt ashamed and I thought it was because I was fat (it wasn’t – it was because I am tall – and in fact, I was not fat at all). I never wore shorts. I thought I was the only girl who dealt with this.

    As a grown woman, I can promise you that I know better now. I see the way the lines on my legs grew and they are horizontal to the earth – the ones on my belly grew vertically because my pregnant belly grew OUT – that means the ones on my legs are horizontal from growing TALL, not wide. Now that our stretch marks are not bright red anymore (they have faded to an almost invisible silver with time), and now that we have the wisdom of adulthood in us, we women are not so afraid to talk about these things and I’ve discovered that at least HALF of the women I know have these stretch marks on their legs. I promise you that it’s not painful for us at all anymore – we talk freely of them and it’s so common and we are so comfortable with it as a fact of life it is no bigger an issue than that of our first period. We talk of them in the very same way.

    So, I don’t know if there is a way to make them go away – I believe there is not – and if it makes you feel GOOD about yourself to use lotions or something go ahead, it certainly won’t be bad for your skin. But think of it, instead, as a way to honor the emerging woman in you, rather than a way to hide this growth. You are NOT alone, I promise you. This is SO common. (((hugs)))

  20. Lilly Says:
    January 10th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    It was such a pleasure reading your story. You are so inspirational. I am so happy to be able to help you airbrush the stretch marks away. After you i have had many inquiries and many others have come to cover up stretch marks, tattoos, scars and even cellulite. Yes, it can be done, covered, and waterproof to the point that it does not rub off.

    Take a look at other similar cases on my website
    http://www.bridalgal.com.

    Warmest regards, Lilly
    http://www.bridalgal.com
    bridalgal@aol.com

  21. tia Says:
    January 24th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Hi there, thank you so much for sharing your story it was really inspirational. I am 21 years of age and have had stretch marks since i was 13. I have it on my sides, they are quite hideous but ive grown to accept them. However, I also have stretch marks on my calves and I have tried nearly everything to hide them I even contemplated getting a tattoo over them!!(im over that stage now!! lol)
    I have worn a dress only once in my life and this is getting me down. I like my body, but its just these stretch marks on my calves. They look the same like you and I have the same complexion as you. Thank you for enlightening me about airbrushing.
    (i’ve tried foundation before but that did’t work). Only problem is that I live in London and I don’t know any good airbrushing places I could go to.

    Lilly do you have any contacts in England or know from word of mouth where I could go?!! Im really desperate!! Im going to graduate this year and I am also travelling abroad. I dnt want to get rid of them I just want to hide them from time to time

    p.s. are the stretch marks visible in the sunlight? i appreciate any comments!! Thank you

  22. Lilly Rivera Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Hi. Unfortunately i do not have any contacts as It is a complex technique and it takes a lot of effort and practice to get it right.

    You can always see me at my studio in NYC. I would love to meet you.

    Kindest regards,
    Lilly Rivera
    bridalgal@aol.com
    917-330-1913

  23. Ash Says:
    February 9th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I have the exact same problem. I got stretch marks on the back of my calves and tummy since I was about 13 and now I’m 16. They’re white now but still very visible. They look light brown sometimes. I’m not so sure if they will keep fading or not. Please reply to me. I really need help. This is a big deal to me. I think about comiting suicide nearly everyday. I just want to know if my old stretch marks will keep fading. Please reply

  24. B Says:
    February 28th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    HI Tia

    I am the same as you , desperate and in London. I have tried everyhting and am experiencing wired sensations in my skin before stretch marks appear. My skin is tight and irritating for a few days, the a white stretch mark appears, this had been carrying on for 6 months now, and they are travelling down my legs. I am 23, not pregnant, not growing tall or gaining weight, have you heard of this before? Is there anything else that could be causing this?

    Lilly do you ever plan to travel to London? And how long does the makeup last, could you wear it in a swimming pool?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

  25. myoshia Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 6:55 am

    The airbrush make up lasted for 5 days. It is waterproof. You should type airbrush makeup artist in london on google. They should be able to cover it up. good luck Tia.

  26. Sarah Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Ok, im like 14, and i was always REALLY skinny, eating right,doing cheerleading, very active!…i was 90pounds and 5’5, well, in the last 3 years, i stopped cheerleading because i severly dammaged my ankle after a tumbling accident. So i got REALLY lazy without cheering and go bored without going to practices, so i stuffed my face with debbie cakes,fries,cheesburgers and other fatty foods. I don’t excercise or anything. No excercise + fatty foods ALL day = 160 pounds! i have a spring dance coming up, and my friends are all still very skinny, when we went to try on dresses i found one i was in love with! i hadn’t relized my actual size, but i know i gained a couple pounds, so i went for a 4…..it ripped and i was embarassed almost to tears! then i found a size 13, and it fit fine STILL a tiny bit tight, but it zipped up,thats good enough for me! well, its strapless and my stretch marks on my arms show, will base help cover it up? somebody please awnser my question? My friend Rachel has “smoking hot swimmers body&breast” and when she saw those stretch marks she couldnt help it but she said “oh my god, what is that?!?! it looks painful,what happened????” WHAT WAS I SUPPOSE TO TELL HER? i just said “i dont wanna talk about it” and she “alright then” my point is, i need a way to clear up them stretch marks on my arms!! HELP ME!!!!! please i don’t want to get made fun of!

  27. Bonnie (SOAM) Says:
    April 1st, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Sarah, honey, PLEASE trust me in that you are really quite normal. Weight gain or not, teenage girls GET stretchmarks. My best advice to you is to show your friends confidence – even if it’s fake confidence – if they feel you are OK with it, they WON’T make fun of you.

    Aside from that, I don’t have any experience in covering them, I’m sorry I can’t help you with that part.

    You are a strong young woman. (((hugs))

  28. Meg Says:
    April 28th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I have stretch marks on the back of my legs and they are worse than your’s! They are wide and deep and purple. I’ve had them for almost 6 years and they have not improved whatsoever. I’m in very good shape and would love to wear short dresses and shorts but I do not dare to. I wish there was a way to remove them. I ordered a dermaroller after doing some research and I should get it in a week or so. Hopefully it works for me. I am so ready to wear sexy clothes again!

  29. i Says:
    May 2nd, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    i have pretty poor body image but the stretch marks on my calves are not a big deal. neither are yours! the only person who cares is you.

  30. Meera Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I can relate to your story and it is nice that you took time to share this story. I also suffer from marks on my legs belly buttocks even my arms, i had them since i was young. I slowly learned to get ove the ones on my legs as they are fading but not my belly. I will try the airbrushing hopefully it works, at least to use it on occasions

  31. j.anne Says:
    September 11th, 2010 at 6:30 am

    hey! im just 15 yrs old and i have a lot of stretch marks on my calves. we can`t find any boutiques or salons with airbrushing.

  32. anon Says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I’m exactly like you myoshia. Had my son when I was 19. Fast forward 13 years later and a second child, I am still tormented by my stretch marks. I have that body you described pre-pregnancy. Had some stretchmarks growing up; always thought they were minor scars that would eventually go away. Gained some stretchmarks after my first child, then received a road map everywhere where there is fat after my second 6 years later. I never took care of myself because I wasn’t well educated with the effects of pregnancy to the skin. I wish I was more, at least I wouldve dealt with it when they showed up. Instead, 13 years later, I’m finally starting to care for myself.

    I love nature, everything about it, and I am saddened that I can’t enjoy it because I care about how I look. I can’t just put on a pair of shorts and hang out. I hate the summer because I can wear anything to enjoy it.

    But, I still have hope. I am starting to exercise (not as much as I should) and eating healthy. And it’s not just for stretchmarks. It’s for my entire health.

    We all have our weaknesses. We all have our hormonal imbalances, weight gain/loss, growth, whatever reason that gave us stretchmarks. Some people are luckier than others and don’t have any. People always say a big majority of women has stretchmarks, but every where I turn, I don’t see any on them. And if they have them, they’re lucky enough to have them where it can be hidden. I’m not that lucky. I live in LA and we’re talking about regular average people.

    Stretchmarks are inevitable in my family. My mom had 5 kids and have a few. My oldest sis has 4 kids and barely any. My second eldest sis, 3 kids and less than half of mine. I have 2 kids, middle child and boy am I so unlucky. I’ve got an awesome body as told many times, but I have nothing underneath my clothes to show off. Since stretchmarks are inevitable in my family, the only regret I have is not researching and educating myself when I was getting them. At least I couldve lessened what I have now.

    I’ve lotions and creams and none have worked. But I still have hope. One day, the unsightly marks will fade away…either physically or mentally.

  33. cm Says:
    June 26th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Thank you so much for posting your story! Its quite refreshing to get information that is life changing. Women cover up marks or under eye bags w/ makeup everyday…why not cover up stretchmarks..one of the most bothersome marks! Thanks again for the info…I’ve come across the dinair airbrush makeup line and will be giving that a try..its summer time and im ready to show off my bod!

  34. Katie Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Im 16 and i started to get them when i was 13 ish. It was shortly after i quit dance. I just foun some more dreadfull stretch marks on the back or my knee. I dont understand ecause it isnt like i gained tons of weight this summer, if anything i have stayed te same. My mom told me that it could be because i gained more muscle in my legs from biking all summer. It sucks because everyime i see one of my friends in short shorts i feel like crying. Its the same when I sit crosslegged ad see them. I have always liked my legs now i dont een wear shorts not even bermudas which would cover them a lot. I feel ashamed in myself. I have them on my hips to but i got over those, they were already scard. But now they are on the back or ONE knee! How is that possible? My mOm tells me that i hae bigger things to worry about and no one cares, i know that but that doesnt stop me feeling like a fat lard in highschool. Having poor body image sucks.
    Im 5’5 and 156 lbs i have gained a bunch or weight or lost a crap load, i maybe of gained muscles in my legs.

  35. Katie Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I havent gained o bunch of weight or lost a bunch***

  36. Bonnie (SOAM) Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Katie, have your grown taller? I had stretch marks on my thighs in junior high and it’s because I grew a LOT those years. I felt fat at the time, too, but I definitely wasn’t. And they could be because of muscle – body builders get stretch marks when they are making muscle.

    Looking back with all the experience and knowledge I have now, I can see that they are normal, they have NOTHING to do with fat, and they faded so much that I don’t mind them at ALL now so I wear shorts whenever I want.

  37. Kelly Says:
    September 24th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Hello. Im 32 years old, mother of 2. I can relate to your story. I got pregnant when I was 19 and since then I stopped wearing shorts and skirts. :( I have stretchmarks all over my body. So sad that I dont have money to spend on airbrush or surgery.

  38. Beny Says:
    October 6th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    wow thats really great i am happy for you
    stretch marks are all over mu body you think i can get help?

  39. Alicia Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    hya im 17 just had a baby boy and my stomack is discusting with stretchmarks to including i have them on my bum, inner thigh, back of knees, my back and sides. but looking at my son makes me know it was worth all them chocco cakes and chips and chicken and cheese burgers lol.. i do miss the old size 6-8 an my skinny toned legs and belly to a size 12 and im determined to try and get the closest to that small size i was again but in the mean time i gotta be greatful for my baby blessing that god gave me. i hope u girls dont look at yourselfs any longer and hate what you have that makes u feel like that. after all its the inside that should matter and for the guys side of it if you dont feel like they will like it then you most probably are wrong, my babies dad stayed with me till i was 31 weeks pregnant and left me and said horrible things about my body, stuff that i didnt even think of when i knew how bad my body was and i thought if he dont like it noone will but look at me now i got a baby who is nearly seven months old and a new man in my life that holds me everyday pulls my top up looks at my stomach and says thats natures beauty basicly meaning my son gave me that stretched marked flubbly belly and finaly i met someone that loves me for who and what i am and if i can find somone thn anyone can. i wish every one good luck and try believe in yourself.. i work as a clothes rep now i sponser curvey girls and big girls and i try and help give hem confidence in what they waer by challenging them to wearing stuff they wouldnt before, i also do a food diet challenge add me on facebook. Claire Smith my picture is meat on sticks … hope i helped x

  40. Enhle Says:
    November 30th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I can’t help but feel worse about my stretch marks…. 1st of all I’m in South Africa and feel like I’m thee ONLY person in south africa that has them… Its december now, summer time & every1 is rocking shorts and shades… And I really feel like crying wen I have to wear heavy jeans wen my friends wear short dresses to places… I’m 18 & I’ve had stretch marks from the 7th grade (13 years of age, (well I started noticing them then) … I’ve got a really nice body & really happy with the shape of it … But I’ve got like 3 stretch marks just above my knees, above my elbow & on my curves!!! I always tend to forget about the stretch marks my above my knees & elbows but never about the ones on my curves… Becoz I’m African (Pretty dark_ Missy Elliot dark ) they are visible and south africans act as if they haven’t seen stretch marks in their lives ,
    My Mom bought me a “Jumpsuit” -All-in-one 2 days ago I felt like crying coz its pretty short, but my friend encouraged me today to stop worrying about them… I tried foundation & it just ddnt work … A few hours ago I was really considering air brushing but after reading your storie & the comments I noticed that I’m not the only one dealing with them therefore I’m determined to break that rope that has been pulling me from fully loving & accepting my self the way I am… Thank you so much you have given me hope to not be ashamed of how my body is *EyesTearingUp

  41. Mila Says:
    December 4th, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Thank you sooo much for posting this. My baby girl was born on the very day you posted this and i have only just found it now. I put on a lot of weight due to water retention during pregnancy which unfortunately gave me stretchmarks EVERYWHERE including the back of my calves. i will definitely try your way to cover them up. Thanks so much :)

  42. tarah Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I want to say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel your best no matter what your age. It is important to have self acceptance and if this helps you gain that, then do it and don’t listen to some of the other comments on here. I had my first child at 22 and I was also devastated when I had seen my stretch marks post baby. It can be a tough thing to experience, but even more so if you have body issues before baby. I think it is great to feel comfortable in your own skin. One thing that I have been using is vasoline and although it is greasy, it has helped to soften my stretch marks. I hope that one day someone can find a natural cure for stretch marks. And anybody can say what they want, but if you had as many as I do, you’d want a solution too.

  43. Mckenzie Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I’ve very bad stretch marks behind my knees, on my thighs and under my butt. It makes me feel less than myself when I see girls in shorts. Am so ashamed of it to the extent where I don’t change my clothes in the presence of other girls. Am dark skinned and the stretch marks are so visible. I don’t think I can ever wear shorts or mini dresses in my life anymore and the funny thing is am just 18!

  44. Kiara Says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    i have very bad stretch marks. i started getting them in the 5th grade and to make it so bad i have never been overweight. i have them from my waist down to my calf. I have always struggled in how i look, i just feel like no one understands what i am feeling and to see other girls wearing the shorts and dresses it just makes me wanna break down. i have never put on a pair of shorts, i have never went swimming, i love sports and im too afraid of playing because you must wear shorts. the normal things that young females do i have never done them…..At 19years old i dont know what to do. i have spent a lot of money trying to find something to help. the skin doctors dont know why i have them nor how to help and to make it so bad i am a dark skin young lady and they tell me because of my complexion it will be hard for them to help….. so Mckenzie i fully understand were you are coming from, your not the only one!

  45. Vicki Says:
    February 8th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I understand where you’re coming from. For me, my stretch marks broke out around my knees, behind my calves, my hips and buttox when I was 9. Swim class were intimidating because I was the only asian kid in a well-to-do white village so I stuck out like a sore thumb already without those flaws. Even my (was) best friend commented that my legs looks like a woman who’s had babies during the first year of high school (and trust me, even tho I was a sporty teen and toned all over, I covered up due to a conservative upbringing). Now I’ve realised how much I’ve taken for granted and should have enjoyed the figure I had instead of thinking people’s eyes were clued to my calves. There is no cream/serum for stretchmarks, plus I don’t have the means for laser treatment courses that may not work. I’m now 29, had a baby & living in extreme hot climate, covering up is suicide so I’ve made myself get over it and working on getting my ideal figure back cos when you have a mummy tummy, thighs rubbing against each other, saddle bags and love handles to deal with, stretch marks are the least of my problems. But if I come across a salon that offers the air sbrush, I would go for it and welcome the temporary happiness as part of appreciating the little things in life. Even for a short while. So do whatever makes you happy and really weigh what you have too (ie. sight, hearing, voice, hands & legs that works or good inner health etc)and how far you’re willing to push the boundaries of science/medicine to be at peace with yourself. Personally I’ve put the stretch marks on the back bench and waged war with my body by doing away with the belly pouch and lipo the stubborn inner thigh fat that would not burn even if I cycled 4 days/week! My new goal is a tone/firm bod, not the ‘lightning strikes’ on my legs. Don’t get me started on the hair loss! Oh yeah, seeing girls in short shorts makes me sigh with slight envy, but those chicks will bear the blunt of being mothers someday, it could go well or could disfigure them, we’re not riding this one alone. Men feel twice the shame cos they think stretch marks are a chick-thing (stupidly enough).

  46. Silver Says:
    April 12th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I’m only 16 and I have stretch marks on my inner thighs and on the backs of my thighs. I don’t know what to do about them or how I can make them fade. They are so depressing and I don’t have the confidence to wear short skirts or shorts :(

    I don’t understand why I got them though – I am a keen dancer and track runner, 5ft 8 and slim. I did grow from 5ft 6 though up to 5ft 8 quite quickly; can that have caused them and is there anything I can do to make them less noticable?!

    Silver x

  47. Moicherie Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I think stretch marks are very very common. .some are gross, some are ignorable. .i dont knw which mine belongs to. .i just dont let it get to me much. .ive got red ones on my hips, and behind my kness. People say im very curvy. I mix shea butter and bio oil, or sometimes exfoliate and apply vit E. .it makes them look better, but doent totally make them dissapear. I still feel sexy, cos i think sexy is what u make it. .everyone can be sexy. .i emphasize more on my beautiful features by putting on figur hugging clothes and showing off some cleavage. Swimming only at night. U musnt wear short things to be sexy. Altho i wear them only at night. . .try it.

  48. sandy Says:
    May 26th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    This is spoooo crazy . I can go from very confident to very depressed because of my stretch marks. I will break up relationships with boyfriends when they want to get intimate because that means I have to show legs and my butt and thighs . It sucks really bad to the point where I just shut guys down when they try to talk to me because I think about the times where they want to see some skin. And also because I just want to be able to wear whatever I want withiught worrying about my feelings being hurt because of other people . Shaking my head . Somethings gotta give

  49. Misty Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Sandy, I know EXACTLY what you mean! Not to toot my own horn or anything but I get a lot of attention for the way I look (face and body) BUT I too lose all confidence when it comes to showing off my body, especially my legs! I was very sporty and lived in shorts and my friends would always comment on how great my legs were and then I started developing stretch marks around the age of 13. As I started to notice them I didn’t really know what they were and just thought it was some type of rash until my family members started wondering if they were stretch marks but my mum said they can’t be because I’m young and not putting on a lot of weight…unfortunately this time mum wasn’t right and in fact these stretch marks were developing on my calves, hips, butt and on the back of my upper thighs. Over time I started to lose my confidence and to this very day (12 years on) they affect me to the point where I don’t want to do a lot of things with friends (especially summertime), I’m paranoid about being intimate with a guy in case he finds my stretch marks repulsive therefore I don’t let guys get too close, people have stopped me in the street to compliment my beauty but I think that if they saw my legs they would be horrified. I search google for some glimmer of hope to be able just to camouflage them (so you can’t tell) so I can wear a skirt without tights and finally wear a bikini with confidence. I’m yet to try airbrushing so that will be my new venture and hopefully it will give me the freedom to
    wear anything without the paranoia of thinking people are staring at my legs like I’m a freak! I see girls with stretch marks showing them off and wish mine didn’t affect me so badly but I can’t help but feel horrible about showing them in public. Some aren’t fussed about them but for me they’ve not only physically scarred me but seriously emotionally scarring too. So I understand all the men and women who are emotionally scarred by stretch marks and wish you all a safe and healthy journey to overcome this, whether it be by accepting them or covering them.

  50. SadOne Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    When I read this I thought wow if this is not the same exact issue I’ve been dealing with.. I’m 5’3 130 I have the worst strechmarks ever they are literally all over my body.. I cried endless nights n am crying now mines are much worst than urs they went all the way up my legs I’m 27 and I do not wear shorts skirts nothing that shows my legs . I go to the beach in pants I wear pants all season. It’s imbarrassing and people do stare. That airbrush would never work on me mines are allot and not short they are long and white.. I caught my boyfriend at the time sneakily staring my confidence is shot … My stomach is worst I’m depressed over it it eats me up everyday. Glad ur happy tho I sympathize with u although it shouldn’t matter ur physical apparence is what pll c when they look at u n what u c when u look at u n strech marks are not attractive on ur legs or any where for that matter so keep it real females instead of saying the politically correct thing to say just saying

  51. SadOne Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    @Misty I feel u 100%. I get compliments regularly but I only look Ideal in clothes . I too don’t get intimate much because of my body it’s soooo devestating .. I too don’t go out with friends or boyfriend in the summer I’m much too embarressed… Imagin going to the beach trying to wear a bathing suite and kids are starring at ur imperfections… And laughing and pointing its horrifying they need to come up with something to give us back our confidence and get rid of this shit… I’m wasting years of my life hiding strechmarks but just like I don’t want to see them no one els does either…

  52. Sylvia Says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    This sounds wonderful, but what happens after the spray tan fades? can you use self tanner and get the same effect?

  53. Steven Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 2:49 am

    How does a 30yr old man (who has never been pregnant) remove these unsightly stretch marks (that you women all seem to have)?

  54. Annalyn Says:
    April 13th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I have stretchmarks on my thighs too. I still wear skirts and shorts (albeit not short ones, they usually are just barely above the knee. I AM a bit self conscious about it but I try not to be. I have stretch marks on my thighs, butt, hips, stomach, and breasts too. I only have one kid. My friend has 3 and no stretch marks. I’m so jealous!! But really, in the end, it doesn’t matter. I just go on and try not to worry. My husband has some stretch marks too on his arms. They are more common than you think!

  55. Annalyn Says:
    April 13th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I meant I also have stretch marks on my calves but I said thighs, lol.

  56. chrishell Says:
    June 26th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I’m only 12 and I have stretch marks on the back of my legs and on my thighs.I’m not really worried about them on my thighs because they are very faint and not noticeable but I hate them on my legs.I recently just got out of school,everytime I wore shorts I would always have to w e’er at my jacket tied around my waist to hide them.It didn’t start out that way,when I was in 5th grade I didn’t even know I had them.But one day when I wore my shorts to school the first time I was confident and havd nothing to worry about and then the girl behind me upointed them out I was really embarrassed that she saw. Some one please help me get rid of them I have no money to buy fancy creams and airbrush I’m dark skinned and have no other options. HELP!

  57. Bonnie (SOAM) Says:
    June 27th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I had stretch marks on my legs when I was your age, it’s just part of the process of growing. I grew six inches in two years and my legs were just all NOPE. They faded and became almost invisible. You are normal. I promise.

  58. Kyla Says:
    August 30th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I totally feel all of you guy’s pain. I got stretchmarks on my arms,back, calves,hips, and side when I hit puberty at 12. And at first it didn’t bother me because I have such a supportive family who really don’t care about stretch marks. But onceihit high school, I refused to wear shorts because during p.e.,these boys would constantly laugh at me and mock me. They yell ewwww, and I’d cry everyday for years about them. I live in l.a. And I even wore jeans and long sleeve shirts and Jeansin 100 degree weather. However, once I hit 20 years old, I decided enough was enough and I now wear pretty much what I want. Now at 21, I no longer let anyone bother me.
    It’s still a struggle, but I’ve learned to embrace who I am, and I know that I am not the only one with stretchmarks. My advice to anyone with stretchmarks is to own your body and even fake confidence if you have to. I feel so bad looking back at all these years I’ve been hot and miserable and all the opportunities I’ve missed. Just go out with people who love you and rock those shorts! Seeing and reading forums of young women with stretchmarks is what gave me the confidence to start wearing what I want to again. Good luck u all!!

  59. Riya Says:
    July 3rd, 2014 at 5:51 am

    I agree with all of you. I have them on my arms, back of my legs, stomach, thighs and butt. I am covered with them. I absolutely hate them. I wear sleeve shirts and leggings all throughout the summer. I hate summer. It’s so depressing. I m very beautiful and all my frends love my dress sense in winter nd springs but, all summer they question me why I m dressing all covered. They always ask me to go night out or to beach in summer but, I always make excuses not to go. I wanna try this airbrush tan.

  60. Mel Says:
    July 22nd, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I feel everyones pain i had my daughter and got them on tummy thighs bum boobs arms and calves its horrible shes two now they have fAded but i do feel like its not enough ive paid for treatments that never worked they are still visible i wear cover up make up wich is okie but doesnt really solve the problem just sort of make me feel better i just keep tryng to say to myself do i want to look back and feel like i waisted time on something like this which is of course is easy to say oh be confident but you have to do it for yourself be happy inlife unfortuntly people may look may make comments but everyone does have floor if you have stretch marks work on other good things about you be skinny have perfect hair and make up wear nice clothes people will see these amazing things and barely notice the rest xxxx

  61. mellow Says:
    October 21st, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I knw the struggles we have with these bad boys i also suffered from stretchmarks after my pregnancy they are practically everywhere on my body, breast, thighs, tummy on the sides of my tummy on my legs and calves plz bums… Ive learnd to jst embrace them now! I see no point in sulkng over them we human and most of us have them they are a part of life bt im using Johnsons tissue oil on them boy im seing the difference

  62. Natasha Says:
    December 18th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I am only 16 however recently gained some weight and I now have really deep purple/pink stretch marks on the back of my calf just behind my knee… Does anybody know how I can reduce the appearance? It would be much appreciated. Thanks x

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