Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that occur on the surface of the skin. Doctors often refer to stretch marks as stria, striae or – during pregnancy – striae gravidarum. The tummy, buttocks, breasts and thighs are the areas of the body most often affected. They’re usually long and thin.
Stretch marks are the result of the skin suddenly stretching due to
- Weight gain
- Growth spurts during puberty
Women have been known to go over and above trying to get of their stretch marks, but we have since learned that it cannot be removed, only embraced.
Why You Should Embrace Your Stretch Marks
- They tell a story. It tells a story either of your weight loss, weight gain or of the 9 months of your pregnancy.
- They are a proof that the media’s definition of a woman is wrong. Stretch marks happens to about 7 out of 10 girls, so there is something wrong with the media’s perception of how a woman’s body should be.
Two moms Erika Salazar and Alex Smith founded the campaign, Love Your Lines. It has since set out to celebrate “women – body positivity – self-love”. Many others have followed suit—the campaign’s Instagram account is currently 152,000 followers strong, and countless submissions.