My body is depressing me
August 7, 2012 7:09 PM Subscribe
I have stretch marks. I'm a 19-year-old lady. How do I get over feeling self-conscious about them?
posted by anonymous to clothing, beauty, & fashion (79 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I used to be morbidly obese. A year ago, I shed all the weight through healthy diet and exercise, and now I'm really fit. I'm 5'9", 150 lbs, size 6, and toned. My body is banging. I have an attractive face. But I'm covered in stretch marks.
They're mostly on the sides of my stomach, my waist, my hips, and my boobs. They're all white and of varying widths. The widest is around 1/4" now. I've religiously applied cocoa butter and Bio Oil for the last year and a half, and there's been some improvement, but they're still very there. I'm self-conscious to the point that I've yet to let a boy have a look and I still wear a one-piece on the beach, despite working so hard to get a body that should look swell in a bikini. I hate looking at my naked body in the mirror; I disgust myself. I don't think all of this about other people's bodies, though - I'm not revolted by another woman's scars.
I'm currently saving up for laser treatment, but I'm not very optimistic. As a straight, otherwise attractive woman, will guys really be grossed out by my stretch marks? How do I overcome my disgust for my own body? Thank you.