Can someone talk me out of being angry/depressed about newly developed stretch marks?

  • ChicagoCarl

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    Jan 21, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    I have stretch marks from the past because I used to be 315lbs. Now I am down to 225-130 and realized there was nothing I could do with the marks. Now I started a new workout program and just noticed today brand new ones have developed on my chest and pretty lengthy.

    I know it is because I am building muscle, but I thought I was passed this. I am getting agitated and feel like no matter what I do something is going to make me feel like crap.

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    Jan 21, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    Stretch marks are a sign of progress. Wear them proudly.
    And Photoshop them off if you know how. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Jessie_Lee

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    Jan 21, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
    Stretch marks on the chest are good stretch marks, wear them proudly. The stretch marks around your midsection is a different story. But as long as you're in good shape, they're proof of your accomplishment, so wear them proudly as well.

    If you want to get rid of them anyway, I'm sure there are lots of products out there that can help make them less noticable. Skin lotions designed to get rid of stretch marks are normally marketed to mothers, because it's not uncommon to get stretch marks from pregnancy. So you should look somewhere in that area. Go ahead and look, you fat momma (j/k).

    Still, as a guy I wouldn't get rid of them. Just imagine all the compliments you'll get:
    Guy: "Where did you get those scars?"
    You: "They're stretch marks. I used to be a fat kid."
    Guy: "Really? I would never have guess because you look amazing!"
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    Jan 21, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    you can just dig a knife into them and then youll have badass scars and while yer doing it you can listen to marilyn manson and wear eyeliner. i mean who the fuck cares you have stretch marks. there are people in the world who are born without faces. you should stop bawwing and being so shallow and get over it. in my humble opinion.
  • mybud

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    Jan 21, 2011 6:50 AM GMT
    Dude...that self hatred will work against ya...your motivation and progress will suffer...your more than your stretch marks....embrace your body and it will progress...hate your body and you'll never be satisfied and fail....Anyone that lifts has stretch marks it comes with the sport...BUD
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    Jan 21, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    stretch marks are not always bad, im kinda proud of mine because i grew tall really fast
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    Jan 21, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    Stretch marks from being fat. Now strtch marks from growing muscles. First, that must some muscle you are packing on. Second, you must look like a zebra naked.
  • metta

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    Jan 21, 2011 8:05 AM GMT
    There are natural products that can be rubbed into your skin that are designed to help remove stretch marks for women that have just had babies....I wonder if they might help you as well?

    http://ecobathroom.com/shop/baby/healingsalve.html
  • ChicagoCarl

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    Jan 21, 2011 10:30 AM GMT
    Thanks men. These comments greatly assuaged my fears. Very much appreciated!!!!
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    Jan 21, 2011 10:35 AM GMT
    Bio-Oil.jpg


    This works wonders. Bathe in a tube full of it.
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    Jan 25, 2011 6:32 AM GMT
    Im 20 and have stretchmarks all down my back that are really visible when its hot out and then both my ass cheeks have stretch marks... I've never been overweight and I never gained muscle or mass in a short period of time... Originally bothered me but it adds uniqueness. I grew to like em, pretty much because hating them does nothing and who cares what people think about em. Those that don't matter don't care about em.
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    Jan 25, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    Dude I have stretch marks all on my stomach. its all good. They aren't permanent. its just going to take a little work.

    Glad I am not the only one out there.

    Dont be upset! I prefer to think I survived a tiger attack.
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    Jan 25, 2011 6:46 AM GMT
    Many people get stretch marks. I have always been very skinny and am actually the biggest I have ever been in my life by far. But I have a few stretch marks in the middle of my back and some around my hips, from puberty I suppose. They definitely become less noticeable. And I am honestly not bothered by mine. Most people ask what the ones on my back are because they think they are scars or scratches and I just tell them what they are. NBD. Embrace them because there isn't much else you can do.
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    Jan 25, 2011 6:50 AM GMT
    EvanOnFire saidDude I have stretch marks all on my stomach. its all good. They aren't permanent. its just going to take a little work.

    Glad I am not the only one out there.

    Dont be upset! I prefer to think I survived a tiger attack.


    They're not permanent? How does one get rid of them, should one happen to have them? icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Jessie_Lee

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    Jan 25, 2011 9:07 AM GMT
    Actually, stretch marks ARE scars. They are a different type of scars caused by overstretching the skin when the body grows faster than the skin can due to puberty, pregnancy, or rapid weight gain (fat or muscle). And like scars, they don't really go away, but they CAN fade to the point of being barely noticable, depending on the size of the scar.