Stretch marks on the thighs occur in about 40 per cent of teenaged boys, especially in boys aged 15 to 17 who are active in sports.
These red or purple jagged lines on the thighs occur as the the muscles in the thighs and hips grow faster than the fascia, or connective tissue, covering them. The connective tissue over the the muscle tugs at the skin above it. Stretch marks in teenaged boys are red or purple because the skin is literally bleeding, as the force of growth breaks the capillaries that bring blood, nutrients, and oxygen to the skin.
The family doctor is not likely to be a useful source of information about how to get rid of stretch marks on the thighs because it’s commonly assumed that these marks will simply fade away. To a certain extent, that’s true. The boys who are mostly like to have permanent stretch marks are those involved at university-level or professional athletics.
For the two to five years in the meantime, however, stretch marks can be a worry to the teen and his parents and a source of endless questions in intimate moments. Here are five things teens can do to treat stretch marks on the buttocks and thighs:
1.Don’t go on a crash program to develop lower-body strength. The fascia that holds the skin to the muscles below it connects the entire body, and tension in one location causes tension at distant locations in the skin. Balance muscle development reduces the formation of stretch marks.
2. Don’t take long, hot showers. Hot water dries out the skin and tightens it. The skin in a stretch mark is especially tight.
3. Just because the product is named Mother’s Friend, don’t suppose it isn’t for you. Lanolin-based skin creams moisturize growing skin and help it stretch to avoid stretch marks.
4. Eat a balanced diet. The skin repairs stretch marks by making collagen. Collagen is made from protein with the help of vitamin A and vitamin C. Using a vitamin-based cream like Revitol won’t work if you don’t eat enough protein.
5. Cover up. Stretch marks are less noticeable if you tan. Of course, all-over tanning to cover stretch marks on the buttocks can raise other questions. It’s better for young and growing skin to use bronzing agents rather than to lie in the sun or use sunbeds.
Most young men outgrow their stretch marks. The key to getting past this common skin problem of adolescence is to prevent the stretch marks with moisture and then to treat the stretch marks with vitamin creams. If you see stretch marks beginning to fade, however, make an appointment with your dermatologist to ask about appropriate treatment.