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Horrible :(

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Over the past year I have put quite a bit of weight on due to depression and well laziness. I am now quite worried about my legs. At the back of my knees there are deep red veins, they don't hurt but they look horrible. On my thighs I have thinner lines, blue coloured, and the same on my breasts. Are they stretch marks, varicose veins, or something else?

It makes me feel so ugly <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> I am supposed to be going on holiday in the summer, even if I lose the weight I am going to look disgusting in a skirt or swimming costume with these lines and marks.

Does anyone else have them? How can I get rid of them?


  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The red marks on the back of your legs are most likely stretch marks. Are you quite pale? The blue-ish lines are probably veins you can see through the skin. The red marks will fade to a silvery-grey colour in time - some people use cocoa butter to help them to fade.
    I'd say most females have stretch marks - so you're not alone there. They WILL fade and won't be nearly as noticeable. If you feel self-concious on the beach or whatever, you can get stuff called derma-blend that is quite good for hiding marks and scars.
    Try to avoid yo-yo dieting as this can make stretchmarks worse. Most people on the beach will be far too concious of how they look to notice you, but you don't have to wear a swimming costume if you feel uncomfortable - you'll see plenty of others covering up.

    Try not to worry too much about them - easier said than done, but they are totally normal.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks Miss Quoted. It always makes me feel bad though cos my friend who I am going on holiday with is tall and slim and always goes on about how fat she is <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> I will try the cocoa butter. <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Oh yes, there is always one who takes it upon themselves to point out their ONE stretchmark whilst wearing their skimpy bikini. <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
    Ignore 'em! Sunbathing is boring anyway, have a kick about, go paddling - if you're having fun you haven't got as much time to worry about how you look.
    Fake tan might be an idea - if you're feeling brave, but have a trail run beforehand incase you look like you've been tango-ed. <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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