Stretch Marks: Get Set Go!

Stretch Marks: Get Set Go!

Stretch marks are a normal part of many people’s lives. As our bodies change shape over time, whether from puberty, pregnancy, weight changes, or growth spurts, the elastic fibers under our skin can stretch and tear, causing those indented streaks we call stretch marks.

While the media often presents an unrealistic image of flawless skin, stretch marks are nothing to feel ashamed or insecure about. They do not define your beauty or worth.

Understanding Where Stretch Marks Come From

During puberty, growth spurts cause our skin to stretch rapidly. Pregnancy also dramatically stretches the skin to accommodate a growing baby. Stretch marks can form on the belly, breasts, hips, thighs, and rear from this rapid expansion.

Stretch marks can also develop from sudden weight gain or loss. As we gain weight, fat cells expand and stretch our skin beyond its elastic capacity. If we then lose weight quickly, the skin doesn’t have time to shrink back to normal size.

Tips for Prevention

  • Moisturize daily to improve skin elasticity
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Build muscle to help fill out skin
  • Maintain a stable weight

Learning Self-Acceptance

While treatments like laser therapy and microdermabrasion can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, most will fade but not completely disappear over time. As we practice self-love and body positivity, we can learn to see our stretch marks not as flaws, but as reminders of what our bodies have endured.

Every body has a story etched in skin. Our stretch marks represent growth, change, and deeper beauty. With self-acceptance comes the freedom to appreciate our bodies for everything they are and everything they do.


What causes stretch marks?

Stretch marks form when our skin stretches faster than collagen and elastin fibers can accommodate, typically during growth spurts, weight changes, or pregnancy. This causes small tears under the skin surface.

Do stretch marks go away?

Over time stretch marks tend to fade and become less noticeable, but may not disappear completely. Their appearance can be improved with treatments like microdermabrasion or laser therapy.

How can I prevent getting more stretch marks?

While some stretch marks may be inevitable, moisturizing skin daily, staying hydrated, building muscle, and maintaining a stable weight can help minimize additional stretching.

What is the best treatment for stretch marks?

In-office procedures like laser resurfacing, microneedling, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels can reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Retinol creams and vitamin E oil may also help.

How can I learn to accept my stretch marks?

Practicing daily affirmations, surrounding yourself with body positive messages, wearing clothes you feel confident in, and appreciating all the things your body can do can help shift perspective to embrace your stretch marks as unique tiger stripes that tell a story of growth and endurance.