For the last few months, I have felt obliged to write this post, but never had the confidence to write it. Anyways, after battling with my own thoughts, here goes.
Being a teenage girl in society, I’ve been brought up around the idea that stretch marks should only appear if you’re either pregnant, have put on weight, or lost weight, but over the last few months I’ve come to the realization that that is not the case, and stretch marks are completely normal.
Being an eighteen year old girl who fits into size 6 and 8 clothes, when I first noticed stretch marks on my body, I completely freaked out and began to cry. They were on my bum, my breasts and the backs of my legs and inner thighs and I cried in the mirror and called myself fat, as I was made to think that I had gained too much weight, however i have always been the healthy weight of 8st so I knew that wasn’t the case. I was obsessed with the idea that only pregnant women, and people who had gained weight should have them, and tortured myself as I knew I was in neither category and thought that i wasn’t normal.
After spending my spare time observing the dark lines on my body, I started to google different remedies. The main three that were popularly recommended were Franks original coffee body scrub, Palmer’s cocoa butter formula, and Bio-Oil. Nothing seemed to work as well as I wanted, however they have became a tad less visible. However, I still felt completely self conscious as mine are not the silvery white marks that are the most common, mine are big and purple.
I kept googling “how to get rid of stretch marks”, and “should i have stretch marks?’, and then I came to the realization that I was being completely pathetic, and that I am a teenager who is going through puberty and i’m a growing person, therefore I am bound to get them. So although I am not as confident as I wish to be yet, I have slowly learned to accept them and will continue to work at making them less visible, but I know that there is more to worry about in life than some purple lines on my body. I’ve booked my first holiday with my friends, and I still feel a bit self conscious about wearing shorts and bikinis, but I know that I have the right people in my life who would never make me feel crappy about them, when you surround yourself with kind people, you eventually forget about the little flaws that you have.
So if you’re reading this, and you suffer with stretch marks, I would just like to let you know that it is completely normal and natural, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, regardless of what any ignorant person may say about them. I am a healthy size 8, and I still get stretch marks, It’s just human nature no matter your shape or size 🙂