Why do I want stretch marks
29 things people want to tell you about their stretch marks
"You're a part of me that I'm supposed to hate - but I refuse."
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Stretch marks on the skin are most common during periods of rapid growth, such as puberty or pregnancy. However, people can get stretch marks for a variety of reasons. How they look depends on the nature of the individual skin, how long the stripes have been in place and where they are on the body. For many people, they become less noticeable over time.
We asked members of the BuzzFeed community what they'd like to share with other people about their stretch marks. Here are some of their answers.
1. "You are a part of me that I should hate - but I refuse."
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I've had stretch marks for as long as I can remember. My body grew quickly and early. I got my curves at the end of my primary school years. At the same time, of course, I gained weight. I don't hate her. You are part of me! People often ask me about it because they think it's scratches or scars. The stripes were never a nuisance to me; I find their silvery sheen somehow beautiful.
You're a part of me that I'm supposed to hate - but I refuse. I have them on my hips, buttocks, breasts, arms and shoulders - almost everywhere. They are part of me, but they don't determine who I am. And that goes for everyone who has them!
2. “There was a time when I considered it an evil. Today I see it as a symbol of courage and my recovery from anorexia. "
My stretch marks remind me of how strong I am. During my recovery from anorexia, I gained weight and developed a few stretch marks on my thighs and buttocks. There was a time when I considered it an evil. Today I see her as a symbol of courage and my recovery from anorexia. And on my darkest days, they remind me that I am imperfectly perfect.
3. "You remind me of Kintsugi: This is the art of repairing broken ceramics with gold lacquer and seeing this repair as an embellishment."
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It is the body's natural response to stretched skin. It just shows that you've changed, and that's not a bad thing. The stripes remind me of Kintsugi: This is the art of repairing broken ceramics with gold lacquer and seeing this repair as an embellishment. It's the same with stretch marks. They show that you have changed and they should be accepted and loved.
4. “Crohn's disease hit me so bad that I only weighed 33 pounds. My stretch marks formed when I started getting well again. I love her."
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of twelve. I was so sick that I only weighed 33 pounds at 1.65 pounds. My stretch marks formed when I got well and gained weight quite quickly. I love them because they remind me every day how strong I was and am.
5. “It's not just women who get stretch marks. Any gender, any body can be affected, it's that simple. "
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I wish people knew that anyone can get stretch marks. It doesn't just affect pregnant women or people whose weight is changing rapidly. Anyone can get some. The streaks just show that you grew too fast for your skin. They're not unnatural - in fact, they're the most natural thing in the world. These are scars caused by growth, change and aging. You don't need to be ashamed of that, you should love her. Because they show what you've done - from childhood through teenage years to today. Men get some too. Any gender, any body can be affected, it's that simple.
6. "I want people to know that my stretch marks don't make them feel uncomfortable."
I want people to know that my stretch marks don't make them feel uncomfortable. Stretch marks are human.
7. "They only show that I am a person, and one who has grown quickly."
They just show that I am a person, and one who has grown quickly. I hit puberty very late. When the time came, I quickly got wider hips and rounder thighs. The stretch marks also formed immediately. Today, almost ten years later, I still look like I've lost weight or been pregnant. But it just means that I am human.
8. “You make me stronger! Never in my life would I have thought that I would start bodybuilding and step on the stage so everyone could see my stretch marks. "
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My stretch marks make me stronger! Never in my life would I have thought that I would start bodybuilding and step on the stage so everyone could see my stretch marks. I have some on my stomach, so much so that it hangs when I bend down. I also have stripes on the lower back, breasts and arms. No self-tanner in the world can cover them.
My daughter and I created the strips together while she was growing into a healthy human. I would be lying if I said I had never thought of a skin graft before. But over the years I've learned to accept the stripes. They don't change who I am and they don't affect my work ethic. I still have my worth. And I am still capable of being number one.
9. “I'm a guy with stretch marks on my hips because I grew up fast. But I do not care. I am still attractive. "
Most people probably think that only women get stretch marks. But I'm a man and I have stretch marks on my hips. I don't even know when, at least I got it. After being little through most of my teenage years, all of a sudden I grew rapidly. But I do not care. I am still attractive.
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10. “I have polycystic ovary syndrome and I was told that I would probably never get pregnant. My stretch marks are proof: my body has succeeded in doing something I thought it couldn't. "
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This picture was taken when I was pregnant with my quadrupeds. I have severe polycystic ovary syndrome and I was told that I would probably never have babies. When I was 26, I gave birth to my eldest son thanks to the help of reproductive doctors. Two years later I wanted to give my son a sibling. First I had a miscarriage, then I had quadrupeds. I wore them for 33 weeks and gave birth to all four safely and without complications.
'Battle scars' remained and I proudly wear them. They are proof: my body has succeeded in something I thought it couldn't; not just once, but twice, and in a way that I could never have dreamed of.
11. “They remind me that my body is impressive. I've pushed it to its limits, for better or for worse. "
I was severely anorexic ten years ago. My organs have failed and my hair has fallen out. My family gave me a lot of support so that I got really healthy. I have stretch marks on my hips, thighs, and breasts. They remind me that my body is impressive. He can lift tractor tires and run half marathons. I've pushed it to its limits - for better and for worse - but I value my body, with scars, stretch marks, body hair and all the trimmings.
12. "I find the dull shimmer of my skin somehow fascinating."
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I just think it's beautiful. The dull sheen of my skin is somehow fascinating.
13. “My stretch marks date from the time I was treated with steroids for lupus. That made me gain weight. The stripes show that I am stronger than anything life does to me. "
I got my stretch marks at a very difficult time in my life. I was diagnosed with lupus a few years ago and was put on steroids to treat the disease. Steroids make your skin thinner and make you gain weight. This often leads to nasty stretch marks. I fought hard for a couple of years, a few months ago the steroids were finally stopped. My stretch marks mean to me that I am stronger than anything life does to me - and that I can hold out no matter how bad it looks. I'm proud of my battle scars!
14. "I just see them as a normal part of my body, just like my ears or knees."
When stretch marks are referred to as "tiger marks" or "battle scars," it frustrates me as well as the people who demonize them. I know some people see them that way. But I wish we would stop giving them too much importance, be they positive or negative. I just see them as a normal part of my body, just like my ears or knees. I want them to become so normal and boring that we don't even notice them anymore.
15. "My stretch marks remind me of the journey my body went through."
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16. "I think my stripes make me look like a mermaid."
I didn't notice my stretch marks until I was 16 and my friends started talking about their own marks. After that, I started looking at my hips in the mirror and found that my stretch marks looked like lightning bolts. It made me feel strong and beautiful. I liked looking at them. They also remind me of unretouched pictures of celebrities in underwear. I felt like I had a connection with some of these women. Today I find that my stretch marks make me look like a mermaid. Do you know what the surface of the water looks like when it moves and shimmers? This is what my hips look like and I like it!
17. "For me, stretch marks are a symbol of growth - any kind of growth."
I have stretch marks on my hips and am still considered small or skinny. For me, stretch marks are a symbol of growth - any type of growth, whether through weight gain, growth or aging. They are nothing to be ashamed of, even if viewed negatively. If you have stretch marks, it doesn't mean you need to lose weight. You do not have to be ashamed. Most people get them, so you are not alone.
18. “I used to scratch my thighs. My stretch marks hide the scars. They show how far my sanity has come. "
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When I was in elementary school, I cut my thighs. My stretch marks hide the scars. They remind me of roots. They show how far I have come in my sanity and that I have overcome my depression.
19. “Where I come from, stretch marks are considered beautiful. The more stretch marks, the more beautiful. "
Where I come from, stretch marks are considered beautiful. The more stretch marks, the more beautiful and attractive - especially on the legs and thighs.
20. "My stretch marks mean that I gave life to people who will one day make a big difference in this world."
21. “I look at them with pride. I am proud that I worked hard to become the best dancer I could ever be. "
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I started dancing as a child and gave everything in high school to become the best dancer. My hips became more muscular, which made my skin stretch too quickly. I didn't notice my stretch marks until one day my mom saw me in shorts and pointed them out to me. I've hated these strips for the longest time. I did everything possible to make it go away.
Now I'm 23 and I've finally accepted her. They don't bother me anymore, I look at them with pride. I am proud that I worked hard to become the best dancer I could ever be. I did this to my body because I love dancing more than anything else. I would do it exactly the same way again if I had the chance.
22. “To me, they represent beauty. If I didn't have stretch marks, I wouldn't have this figure that I love so much. "
To me, they represent beauty. I am thin and have a big ass. When I was through puberty, my bum appeared almost overnight - and with it a lot of stretch marks. Throughout my school and university days, I tried all kinds of creams and serums. I was ashamed to wear a bikini. I love her today. My shapes give me confidence. If I didn't have stretch marks, I wouldn't have this figure that I love so much.
23. "I wish people would understand that stretch marks are as natural as having ten fingers or two eyeballs."
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Little did I know there was something wrong with my stretch marks - until my dad told me I needed to lose weight when I was ten years old. I cried and then became obsessed with it. Then my mother told me the stripes weren't bad, everyone had them. Since then, the stretch marks have no longer been of any importance to me, because they are actually nothing mean. I wish people would understand that stretch marks are as natural as having ten fingers or two eyeballs.
24. "The stripes remind me that I am a warrior and that I have overcome something that could have killed me."
I got them on my thighs and hips, calves and buttocks during my recovery from anorexia with a tendency to bulimia. When I finally accepted my body for what it is, I started playing volleyball. I gained weight because I was finally eating enough to keep my body going. Today I'm 28, a wife and a stepmother. I still fight - but not because I don't love my body. The stripes remind me that I am a warrior and that I have overcome something that could have killed me.
25. "My body is a canvas and all the stripes are beautiful colors that make my body unique."
My skin was never perfect. My body has scars from childhood (I was a troublemaker) and I don't regret a single one. I have moles and birthmarks all over my body that I inherited from my mom and dad. The stretch marks are just another masterpiece that I added to my collection. My body is a canvas and all these stripes are beautiful colors that make my body unique. I couldn't be more grateful for that.
26. "They look like lightning and are therefore proof of how lit I am."
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My mother always tried to persuade me to have her treated and removed. But these are my tiger stripes; that's what I call her. They show what I've been through all these years and how my body has changed. They look like lightning, so they are proof of how lit I am.
27. "My stretch marks keep reminding me of how hard I worked to get where I am today."
My stretch marks represent a time in my life when I was at rock bottom. They run along the sides of my hips down to my calves. I had fallen into a deep depression and gained 40 pounds, which made my mental health problems worse. When I hit rock bottom, I chose the long, difficult path back to health.
From the time I was at the bottom my interest in physical health and personal fitness grew. I became a state-certified psychotherapist and trained as a chef. I cooked myself to shed 36 pounds of body fat and worked out to build muscle!
These stretch marks represent a time in my life that I don't long to look back on. They keep reminding me of how hard I worked to get where I am today. I would never want to part with these bad boys. They motivate me to never give up.
28. "They symbolize beauty and eroticism - like a work of art."
When I was younger I didn't understand and wanted them to go away. Now I'm an adult and they're still there. I now accept them because they symbolize beauty and eroticism - like a work of art.
29. “I used to hate her. Today I wear them like beautiful battle scars that change color and show how far I've come. "
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I've been fighting my eating disorder since elementary school. Now I'm in high school. When I got better for the first time, I put on weight pretty quickly and got those purple-red stretch marks on the inside of my thighs. I used to hate her. Today I wear them like beautiful battle scars that change color and show how far I've come, how strong I am, and that it's a good thing to get healthy and have a healthy, rounded body. My skin reminds me that I am a survivor - unique, beautiful, and good enough. I love my stretch marks.
[We have shortened answers and edited them to make them easier to understand.]
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