Your body is growing, and you’re maturing. With all the bodily developments you hear and read about that come with puberty, you may have forgotten about the one thing that holds it all together: your skin! Fast changes may overload your skin’s flexibility and cause marks from stretching so dramatically. These are known as stretch marks.
What Causes Stretch Marks? Stretch marks often appear on bodies that have recently gone through a great deal of fast growth or change: sudden weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and, yes, puberty. What happens is that the skin cannot keep up with the change in the body shape quickly enough and is forced to stretch too fast. Think about the lines like those you see in taffy when it's stretched. The same thing happens to the skin when it gets pulled in a new direction. The skin pulls apart slightly and leaves scar tissue or “stretch marks.” They appear as pink lines or stripes, usually in small groups.
Do They Go Away? However pronounced and noticeable they may seem to you now, stretch marks do fade over time. They usually start off as violet or pink lines, but eventually fade to spider web-thin, silvery lines. Sometimes they can be more noticeable when you're tan, because they can either burn or stay pale while the rest of your skin darkens.
Some people use cocoa butter or vitamin E oil to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but there's no proof that these remedies really work. If you feel that your stretch marks are uncommonly severe, talk to your doctor. If not, just remember that you’re not the only one and that before long, they’ll fade.
Look on the bright side. You’ve earned your tiger stripes! Stretch marks are another sign that you’re on your way to becoming a strong, independent woman. Now go take on the world like one! Learn how to get rid of stretch marks and get helpful advice from BeingGirl.