on Sep 01, 2009 @ 12:58 pm|
So Ive always been a 100lbs 5'2 girl with not a "to die for" body but a "good enough" for the beach body..well that was all until I had my beautiful daughter over a year ago! Im sure most people are self conscious about something about themselves but for me its my horrible stretch marks! I gained a whopping 60lbs (unhealthy I know) during my pregnancy and luckily I have lost almost all of it due to good genes but unfortunately my weight lost did NOT help me out with these UGLY white & shiny fish scale looking like lines covering my entire body!
My question is if anybody happends to knows of a good stretch mark cream/lotion or treatment that actually works! Ive tried bio oil and found that it only made the stretch marks fade rather than go away and once I stop using it comes right back!
Thanks so much for reading this post guys! I really appreciate it & hope this post will help anybody else who would Love to be rid of these imperfections!
|Me too on Sep 01, 2009 @ 09:19 pm|
When I was carrying my son I too got the dreaded stretch marks ughh ..I wish they would go away with time..lol. Ive heard cocoa butter is good to prevent them, not sure how well it works after. Ive tried many things and i have not succeeded. Probably the only thing would be surgery and thats deff not an option for me. Wish you luck girlie
|... on Sep 01, 2009 @ 10:38 pm|
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your stretch marks are there to stay. Your skin has been damaged due to the stretching, and like a scar, can never fully regenerate. Your options:
1. reduce the appearance - I have heard that Bio Oil works, and self tanner is a great way to disguise them too (but fake baking or suntanning will not help - the scar tissue won't take on much color at all). Cocoa butter is a great way to ease the itchiness during pregnancy and any moisturizing does help the skin some; however, whether or not you get stretch marks is based on (a) your levels of collagen which is genetically determined - if your momma has them, so will you... and (b) how much weight you gain. My mother had horrible stretch marks, but through my 3 kids I gained only 25-35 pounds each time. My stretch marks are fine silvery lines that are only visible when you look closely.
2. Lase them off. The many different forms of laser treatments will probably be quite helpful, though I'm not sure if you can get rid of them entirely. Trust that the redness will fade over time. I had a C-section with my last baby, and 3 years later that ugly red scar is finally a silvery flat line that is barely noticeable... not that anyone but the mister is looking down there ;) Check around, because laser clinics can greatly vary in price. I would suggest, though, that you make your final decision based on reputation and satisfaction guarantees, rather than the dollar amount.
In my case, I use a simple self tanner like Olay (can't remember the exact name just now). It goes on like a smooth lotion and really disguises those lines nicely. Doesn't do the trick for right up close, but otherwise very satisfied with the result! I find that a small to medium amount of application is best, as a darker application will not "take" as well and then your stretch marks once again become a little more obvious.
|use oil/cream during pregnancy on Sep 08, 2009 @ 03:40 pm|
anyone wanting to avoid stretch marks should start using a very creamy stuff with vitamin E,during the pregnancy..that would help to reduce it,but once u get the marks there's hardly anything that can be done.sorry about that.
|TY on Sep 10, 2009 @ 02:21 pm|
Thanks a bunch guys I really appreciate it! :)
|almost 9 years later.... on Sep 13, 2009 @ 12:41 pm|
My son will be 9 this month. I not only had stretch marks, but I think by then end of the pregnancy, my stomach was one giant stretch mark. Red, shiny and sore. So now the stretch marks have faded quite considerably, they're pretty much back to the same color as my skin tone. But I've been left with a jelly belly...all that stretched skin that will never regain it's former tone. So hopefully you've escaped that... I'm going for a tummy tuck this week (yes!! so pumped!) and have my fingers crossed that I can regain my body to an extent.