Stretch marks can be the enemy of the body that is growing in adolescents. These reddish purple marks can form when the skin stretches beyond its normal limits and scar tissue forms instead, according to Seventeen magazine. These marks are common in areas where you experience spurts, such as the hips, thighs, buttocks and abdomen. Although they fade over time, they are permanent, difficult and sometimes expensive to treat. Take measures to prevent them from forming in the first place.
Eat a healthy diet. While weight gain is a normal part of adolescence, it is also a time when junk and convenience food is used because of a more busy lifestyle. This can contribute to an unwanted weight gain that causes the development of stretch marks, according to TeensHealth. By choosing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains you can maintain a healthy weight.
Work to increase your muscles slowly if you are a teenage athlete. Bodybuilders who experience a rapid increase in muscle mass often experience stretch marks as a result of frequently lifting weights for muscle growth, says TeensHealth. Because you can practice a variety of sports and even begin a routine that requires weight lifting, put the emphasis on slowly increasing muscle mass to prevent the development of stretch marks.
Keep skin moist using creams and lotions. Moisturizing the skin helps it to be more elastic, which is useful when your body is growing. While this does not completely eliminate stretch marks, it can reduce the itching that occurs as a side effect when they develop.
Drink a lot of water. Water helps the skin look more "stuffed" and healthy. If you do not drink enough, the skin will look thin and dry. Keeping the skin in the best possible condition can help you avoid the appearance of stretch marks. Try to drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. If you currently drink a lot of soda with sugar or juice, consider changing it for water, a much healthier option.
There is one aspect to the formation of stretch marks that you can not prevent: your genes. Some people are genetically more likely than others to develop stretch marks according to Children, Youth and Women's Health Services.