I typed ‘how stretchmarks’ into Google search. These are the first four auto-completes:
- How to get rid of stretch marks
- How to remove stretch marks
- How to prevent stretch marks
- How to avoid stretch marks
So much negativity.
Do women actually hate them?
We spoke to local dermatologist, Dr. Nomphelo Gantsho, who says that many people come for a consultation to remove their stretch marks because they feel distressed and negative about the way their skin looks.
Having stretch marks decreases a lot of people's self-esteem as magazines show models sans stretch marks. But, most pictures have been Photoshopped to smooth out such areas.
Teigen (above) on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary edition.
Just last week, former Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen tweeted a picture of her strech-marked thighs – making headlines and body-positive friends everywhere.