After a certain age, our bodies undergo a radical metamorphosis from
a pre-pubescent childlike structure to a mature teen and then adult
form. This change can have certain physical adaptations to our bodies,
one of the most common being stretch marks. Stretch marks often appear
during the vulnerable teen years when we are not only growing taller,
but outwards as well.
Teen stretch marks are not just a result of general weight gain, but,
especially for girls, appear as the hips widen and breasts grow. For
boys, weight lifting and sports usually prompt stretch marks to appear
on the arms, and sometimes inner thighs.
The physical appearance of teen stretch marks is purple-like or white
markings very similar to a scar. The psychological imprint stretch
marks on a teen, however, are usually moderately to severely negative
self-image. Society has a standard of perfection, and stretch marks are
considered unsightly. For teens, being at a vulnerable age, acquiring
stretch marks has a huge impact on self esteem and can make them
subject to teasing and torment.
Stretch marks form when the muscles, or in many cases, fat underneath
the skin grows faster than the delicate surface can. Our skin is
flexible, to a certain extent, but by either overeating, massive muscle
gains, or sometimes genetics, the skin literally stretches in an
attempt to catch up, resulting in a deeper, off-colored portion of
skin, a.k.a. a stretch mark.
Safe ways for teens to prevent stretch marks would be regular, healthy
exercise and stretching. By exercising regularly, you prevent fat from
accumulating in areas prone to stretch marks, and by stretching you
give your skin more opportunity to expand if necessary, without having
the need to “stretch.” Furthermore, especially for boys, you need to
keep your weight lifting to a natural level. If you push your body too
hard too fast, stretch marks are likely to form. Instead, let your
muscles grow gradually because not only do you lesson your chances of
getting stretch marks, but your muscles will stay bigger and stronger
Lastly, if you are a teen who has stretch marks,
don’t fret. Millions of people worldwide have stretch marks, it is a
natural result of many lifestyles and genetics, and you are definitely
not alone. Additionally, there are things you can do to drastically
minimize the appearance of your stretch marks over time. There have
been impressive advancements in stretch mark treatment through the
decades, and many people have found that they can barely, if at all,
notice their stretch marks anymore.
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