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What Causes Bodybuilding Stretch Marks?

Updated January 11, 2021

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It is quite common for bodybuilders to develop stretch marks unexpectedly. Most bodybuilders don’t have skin-related issues in mind when they start lifting weights. However, they are among the unfortunate groups of people highly prone to developing these unsightly scars on their skin. If you are a dedicated bodybuilder reading this, you might want to inspect yourself immediately.

Causes of Stretch Marks in Bodybuilders

The cause of stretch marks in bodybuilders is the sudden growth of their muscles. Whether you are using any supplements or not, if your body is showing great signs of improvement and growth in recent days, stretch marks might appear on your skin. When your muscle grows substantially, it puts pressure on the inner layer of your skin, called the dermis. When the skin cannot hold the pressure anymore, it tears up. These torn marks on the skin show up on the surface as red or purplish scars. They fade with time to become more whitish.

Where Do Stretch Marks Appear On Bodybuilders?

While stretch marks can appear anywhere on your belly, buttocks, thighs, and triceps, they are more common in the underarm and triceps area in bodybuilders.

What to Do about Your Stretch Marks?

When you ask this question on any bodybuilding forum, the first thing you will be told to do is pat your back. Bodybuilders believe it is a sign of accomplishment to have stretch marks on your skin, i.e. it shows you have done great work and your muscles have grown significantly. Secondly, you have to think of a skincare routine that will prevent any stretch marks in the future. Keep your skin healthy and ensure ample collagen and blood supply to prevent stretch marks.

Some remedies can speed up the healing of your skin and eventually help your stretch marks fade quickly. First, any topical creams and lotions rich in vitamin E should be on your list of treatments. Fish oil is another great option. You can try chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or laser therapy if you really hate your stretch marks that much.

Sometimes, bodybuilders also suggest the use of supplements that contain zinc due to its qualities of boosting collagen production. However, what you have to keep in mind is your stretch marks will not go away within hours or days. They take their time i.e. up to months or a couple of years before they fade away to the point of near-zero visibility.