Stretch marks on the thighs occur in about 40 percent of teenage boys, especially in boys aged 15 to 17 who are active in sports. For girls, the percentage is even higher, coming in at a whopping 70%.
These red or jagged purple lines on the thighs occur as the muscles in the thighs and hips grow faster than the fascia, or connective tissue, covering them.
The connective tissue over the muscle tugs at the skin above it. Stretch marks in teenagers are red or purple because the skin is literally bleeding, as the force of growth breaks the capillaries that bring the blood, nutrients, and oxygen to the skin.
Stretch marks occur naturally due to sudden growth spurts the body goes through, but they can worsen if the teenager is particularly athletic.
Other widespread issues during puberty are stretch marks between the legs and stretch marks on the back of the legs, particularly on the upper thighs. You can also get stretch marks on the hips, groin, or the buttocks – these are not unusual either.
Why Do I Have Stretch Marks on My Inner Thighs?
Stretch marks in between the legs can be even more embarrassing, the closer they are to the genitals. But remember that they are perfectly normal.
As your body grows during puberty, your skin is not prepared for it and, thus, tears. This can leave behind red, purple, or any other shade of dark stretch mark.
This is just your skin trying to accommodate your growing body, and as such, is nothing to be embarrassed about. Considering the percentages above, it’s safe to assume many kids at your school have them, so try not to beat yourself up about it too much.
Can I Prevent Stretch Marks on My Thighs?
Not really, no. Stretch marks are mostly a genetic condition, which means you inherit the predisposition from your ancestors. One thing you can do is use moisturizer daily because well-moisturized skin can more easily accommodate your growth.
However, growth spurts occur at a time in your life when you’re not thinking about them. That’s why they’re called sudden, right? So, it can be a bit difficult to anticipate and moisturize before they happen.
But that doesn’t mean you should ditch the moisturizing idea.
On the contrary, a good stretch mark moisturizer can boost your skin’s natural healing process and make your stretch marks appear less severe.
Do Stretch Marks on The Inner Thighs Hurt?
They can hurt, yes. Though it doesn’t always happen, stretch marks can sometimes be itchy and inflamed, especially when fresh. Stretch marks on the inner thighs have a higher chance of being unpleasant and causing the pain because your thighs tend to rub together when you walk or sit.
Walking also rubs the fabric of your clothes over the fresh stretch marks and can irritate it. If your stretch marks appear to be getting worse and you feel a burning sensation around them, we suggest consulting a physician.
However, stretch marks on the outer thighs and other areas of the leg don’t generally hurt.
Do Guys Get Stretch Marks on The Thighs?
Many guys make the mistake of thinking stretch marks are something that only girls get, mainly because they’re usually associated with pregnancy. But the truth is, anyone can get them, as long as there’s a sudden growth or weight change.
Stretch marks on your inner thighs can be embarrassing, but rest assured, they are perfectly normal.
So… Do Stretch Marks Appear on The Thighs During Pregnancy, Or Is It A Puberty Thing?
Deep stretch marks can appear on the backs of the legs and the inner thigh during pregnancy. This is because of a variety of things, such as hormones and increased appetite.
Some women gain weight in their legs rather quickly, others don’t. This, as well as your natural predisposition to stretch marks, will determine if you get stretch marks on your thighs during pregnancy.
That being said, stretch marks on the thighs tend to be more common during puberty and as a result of growth.
How Do I Get Rid of Stretch Marks on My Inner Thighs?
Much as you would any other stretch marks. Sadly, they cannot disappear overnight, and no medicine will make them go away in a few days. However, in time, the appearance of your stretch marks will improve.
And you can help it along by doing some of the following:
- There are cosmetic procedures, such as chemical peels for stretch marks and microdermabrasion, which can exfoliate your skin more deeply. But you can also buy an exfoliating scrub at the store, which you then have to rub over wet skin to eliminate dead skin cells and grime. By exfoliating regularly, you’re encouraging fresh, healthy layers of skin to emerge, which will, of course, make your skin look better.
- Drink lots of water and use a moisturizer so that your skin is replenished and supported in the healing process.
- Use a stretch mark cream. There are several great products for stretch mark removal, such as Trilastin or Mederma, made especially with stretch marks in mind. Many of these will include moisturizing ingredients, as well as lightening agents, which will, in time, fade away the ‘angry’ color of your stretch marks.
In the end, your best bet would be to wait a while – your stretch marks may appear awful now, but in a year or two, you’ll barely even remember you had them.
In time, stretch marks turn from a bright color to a dull white, silvery shade and can be easier to look at.
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 constant source of worry to a teenager and seriously affect their self-confidence. As if it wasn’t bad enough that kids had to deal with acne during this time, they have to put up with these bright marks as well.
5 Things Teens Need to Know and Do
- 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. Balanced muscle development reduces the formation of stretch marks. So just in case you were dreaming of getting ripped like The Rock, don’t. Your legs will thank you!
- Don’t take long, hot showers. Hot water dries out the skin and tightens it. The skin in a stretch mark is especially tight. Hot water can hamper the skin’s natural healing process. It’s also a good idea to stay away from hot showers even if you don’t have stretch marks, because again if the skin is tight and dry, it’s going to have trouble stretching when you grow.
- Just because a product is called Mother’s Friend or Mama Bee Belly Butter, don’t suppose it isn’t for you. Lanolin-based skin creams moisturize growing skin and help it stretch to avoid stretch marks, so if you need to get a cream for pregnant moms to nurture your skin, go for it.
- 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.
- Try a tan. Stretch marks are less noticeable if you tan. Of course, too much sun exposure isn’t ideal, so it might be best to use bronzing agents rather than to lie in the sun or use sunbeds.
But don’t go too crazy about covering up. Stretch marks shouldn’t stop you from going to the beach or the pool or wearing shorts in gym class or during the summer.
Try to remember that this is the only time you’re this age and that when you look back, you’ll think what a bummer that you wasted all these years wearing long sleeves and thick clothes when you could’ve been out there, just enjoying the sun.
Stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of, remember. And most people have them. They’re definitely not a reason to laugh at someone, and if anybody does laugh at you, that’s an indicator of how little they know about the world and should not reflect badly upon you.