Regardless of how people might react to this statement, I will go ahead and say it — women are beautiful just the way they are, perfect skin or otherwise.
I say this because of the number of women I meet who share the same feelings about their skin flaws. In particular, many of them experience dents in their confidence owing to their inner thigh stretch marks and the chafing that comes with it.
I learned later that the sentiment is more prevalent than I thought. Across the pond (so to speak), the BBC reported the emotional and psychological impact stretch marks and chafing can have on the people who have them. According to the BBC, a person can feel insecure when participating in social situations where stretch marks and other skin flaws may be exposed.
Have you had problems with your confidence or body image because of inner thigh stretch marks and chafing? If your answer is “yes,” read on to learn how to best deal with these skin issues.
Indeed, stretch marks have one thing in common with scars — they are often permanent. While skin chafing can be temporary, having it for years can leave your thighs in a different hue from the rest of your body.
Knowing this, you will likely feel that all hope is lost. However, here is the good news — you can make stretch marks and chafing fade. All you need to do is see a dermatologist to determine the best course of treatment for treating stretch marks or any other skin discoloration.
Very likely, a dermatologist will start you off on over-the-counter creams, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. You will likely be asked to use:
- Hyaluronic acid
As well, a dermatologist can recommend and administer in-office procedures like laser therapy and chemical peels. Of course, since these may be intrusive, you’ll start with creams.
When we look at men, many of them take pride in their scars. I thought it was odd at first.
When I realized that they view the most unsightly of scars as signs of going through an ordeal, I finally understood. For men (and us women, as well), going through tough experiences is a milestone worth a badge of honor.
I’ve noticed something interesting about stretch marks. They often appear after the milestones of our lives as women. By milestones, I am referring to my big three Ps:
- Post-weight loss
Going through any of the above-mentioned are achievements in themselves. Why would you not want a souvenir for an achievement? For us women, it just so happens that ours comes in the form of stretch marks — not just on our thighs but also on our abdomen and buttocks.
Instead of viewing stretch marks as the unsightly skin depressions we think they are, we can view them as badges of honor earned from life transitions.
Are you skeptical about the possibility of doing this? These women share their stretch mark stories in this Allure blog post.
Tip 3: Know That You Are Not Alone
According to a publication in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, here are the most recent stretch mark statistics:
- 43% to 88% of women develop stretch marks due to pregnancy
- Up to 43% of post-pubescent girls see stretch marks following their growth spurts
- 43% of obese people have stretch marks
What do these numbers have to do with you? Consider this:
There is a large percentage of the female population who go about their daily lives with stretch marks. You are not alone. As well, since many have stretch marks and other skin issues like chafing, ask yourself if it truly is an abnormality.
The statistics show that having stretch marks is more common than you think. Hence, it may not be a big deal after all.
Indeed, we may view these skin conditions as unsightly and near-permanent. However, remember that help is available. Inner thigh stretch marks and chafing can be managed following a trip to your dermatologist.
More importantly, bear in mind that you are more than the blemishes or marks on your skin. Think of stretch marks as badges of honor you’ve earned for going through some of the toughest ordeals of your life.