stretch marks suck.


megroo
on Apr 11, 2011 @ 09:51 pm

I have recently lost some left over baby weight (yay!) but now I have some red stretch marks on my stomach and thighs. While I was pregnant, I used cocoa butter to help prevent stretchmarks (which didn't seem to do much) Does anyone know of a good cream, oil or some sort of witchcraft that can help me get rid of (or at least fade) stetch marks??? 
I have seen the adds for Mederma but have yet to try it.
 


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Cowgirl
Try Bio-Oil on Apr 11, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

Congrats on your weight loss! Some people have reported great success
with Bio-Oil. I've used it to help fade a surgical scar but haven't
really used it on my stretch marks. By which I mean I use it a couple times a month on my stretch marks, not often enough to make a difference. I'm in my mid-30s and haven't had
kids but still have somewhat faded stretch marks from growth spurts in
my teens. I figure that if those stretch marks haven't gone anywhere in
all these years I'm probably stuck with them.

You can find Bio-Oil on
sale for around $10 so it's not a pricey investment if it doesn't work
for you. At that price, it's worth a shot.
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Guppy
Scars. on Apr 13, 2011 @ 03:07 pm

You cant get rid of stretch marks as they are actual rips in the under layers of your skin. Some may be shallow and not really noticable after time but some are deeper and even when they fade to that silvery skintone again - you'll still have the 'indentation' in the skin.
Bio oil does does sound nice and inexpensive enough to give it a shot - it claims to really help scars..... I personally just lived with them. I have a 22 year old and a almost 8 year old and just accept them as my battle scars! ;)

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mamaluv
stretch marks on Apr 13, 2011 @ 03:49 pm

Guppy's right - you cannot get rid of stretch marks (short of perhaps a cosmetic surgery of some sort) because the source of the problem is deep in your skin layers. All you can do is fade the appearance of them.

And by the way, you cannot actually prevent stretch marks altogether. Your likelihood of having marks is genetically determined according to the amount of collagen your skin has. So if your mom has them, so will you; if she doesn't, there's a chance you won't. Having said that, if you never have rapid weight gain or body dimension changes (such as growing breasts and hips at puberty in a very short time, pregnancy, or other weight gain), there's a decent chance that you will avoid them despite any genetic predisposition.

I was religious with applying cocoa butter, Vitamin E and whatnot during my pregnancies, and in each case I gained an appropriate amount of weight (ie. the recommended amount). However, I did still get some small stretch marks along the base of my stomach. And yes - my mom has stretch marks too.

Back on topic. I used Bio Oil but never remembered to do it daily so my stretch marks just faded naturally to the silvery marks they are right now. Time, it seems, was my remedy.
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Ali de Bold
Not a lot you can do on Apr 13, 2011 @ 03:55 pm

As guppy mentioned, these are your hard-earned battle scars and unfortunately we all get stuck with them since they can't be reversed. However there are some things you can do to minimize the appearance:

Tone up
This won't make the scars disappear but if you make all of the muscles firm underneath they won't be as noticeable because your skin isn't loose in that area. I highly recommend doing some light - moderate weight training if you're up for it.

Self-tanner
If you are planning on baring those areas, apply a bit of self tanner after exfoliating your skin. Make sure you apply it everywhere and not just the areas with the stretch marks. This can help it blend a bit better.

Congrats on losing the weight! I'm just in the process of stretching for baby so I'm going to have to take my own advice in a few months time!
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jamielittle00
All purpose cream on Jul 11, 2011 @ 10:17 pm


Some people call them beauty, or battle scars and most just hate them. I got these from having a few kids. I tired many creams and other products during pregnancy but nothing work. After I got them and finally decided to get rid of those I did much research and came across Excel Skin Care's cream. Great all purpose cream that I highly recommend.

The key to these is consistency, apply it twice daily without stopping or skipping and You will receive results. You may even want to use it together with one of their Anti aging serums. I continue using their products in the serums. For the best prices buy through their store Amazon. Good luck if you want to lighten and fade these.
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