Since the age of eleven, I have been getting stretch marks on my thighs and buttocks, more recently they have appeared on my breasts. I am naturally slim and have never suffered considerable weight gain… so I am confused as to why I have them. These stretch marks are horrid and unslightly, although they do fade to white after time. Can you tell me why my skin is suffering, and what I can do to get rid of them?
It seems you need to know the basics about the stretch mark phenomenon. The skin is made up of three layers, the middle or dermis, being responsible for maintaining the skin's shape. When the skin is stretched over time the small connective fibres responsible for its elasticity break, and raised, pink lines appear. These stretch marks or striae gravidarum, affect upto 90 per cent of women (especially during pregnancy) and are irreversible. As you have described, stretch marks do eventually fade to flat, white lines, but they will not disappear completely, no matter what expensive creams you use. Stretch marks may appear on any area of the body susceptible to weight gain in women... thighs, hips, waist and breasts. Even if you are slim and have never gained a large amount of weight, stretch marks are likely, as a result of rapid growth spurts during adolescence. This seems to be the case in your instance. Healthy, well hydrated skin does stretch well, and vitamin E is important for the skin's self-healing, so I would recommend its use for your skin. Apart from looking after your health and body, keeping well hydrated and avoiding sudden weight gain, there is really nothing you can do in the battle against stretch marks... it is just another thing that we women have to suffer... Sorry!