How do you reduce the appearence of stretch marks?

United States
March 25, 2007 2:39pm CST
I've been working out a lot , mostly working on legs and arms for 3 or so months now. I ended up with stretch marks on my upper arms , they are pretty new but they are annoying! I know I can't get rid of them completely but how do you reduce the appearence of them? Does anyone else have these nasty stretch marks? What do you do to help the appearence of them?
2 responses
• United States
24 Apr 07
Try coacoa butter/ im sure you already did/ but if not do/ My friend has those but i dont think he really cares/. i have them a little bit from growing my muscles/ but not bad/ i just let my body does what it does forget all that comercial stuff/
@lafavorito (2970)
• Philippines
6 Apr 07
They say that there is no cure for stretchmarks but there are ways to make it less visible you just have to be patient. Here's one I found over the internet, I've been doing it for a couple of weeks now and noticed a slight improvement on the texture of my skin. I hope it'll help you.. -------------------------------------------------- Tools needed 1 - Wooden massage tool. massager. (looks like 1 of those hair massaging hair brushes but the prongs are made from wood... resembles a hedgehog.. available in watsons) 2 - St Ives Apricot Scrub 3 - Few drops of Safflower oil or Olive oil. Safflower oil is very rich in Vitamin E and known for promoting blood circulation. (I use Olive oil then I open a Vitamin E capsule and add it to the oil.) 4 - Aloe Vera Extract or pure Aloe Vera Gel. (The purer the better but all I can find is the Aloe Vera Gel of Hawaiian Tropics line, if I can find an Aloe Vera plant much better but for the meantime I'll stick to the gel I bought.) 5- Collagen Elastin Lotion - Recommends St.Ives brand. (I'm using Palmers Tummy Butter) Step 1: Preparing the scrub 3-4 tsp of scrub couple of drops of safflower oil/ olive oil 1/2 tsp of Aloe Vera gel This should cover 1-2 square foot area. (best if you mix each time instead of batch if you make a batch store in sealed container in refrigerator) Step 2: Soften Skin in bath (best way) or shower. Dont skip this step! Step 3: The Scrub Massage - Do it at night before bed (for skin regeneration) **Tips for massage: do it as if polishing the skin - massage the skin not the muscles. Dont pressure or push muscles concentrate pressure on skin surface.Massage the skin in clockwise 1-2" circles. Be precise. Massage over the stretch marks in small circles motion instead of straight across and avoid pulling or stretching the scars. May be uncomfortable in begining but start slow and increase strength of massage - you should feel the stimulation and still feel comfortable. Watch skin turn a health reddish pink color during massage indicating active blodd circulation - this is a sign you are doing it right -each area spend about 2-3 mins (depends on individual) Step 4: Rinse with water Step 5: Apply Creams ( I just use Palmers Tummy Butter) Dry skin and while skin is red apply creams and massage skin until fully absorbed. Mix even amounts Aloe Gel and Collagen and Elastin Lotion. Vary the massage and take it slowly to give skin time to heal and regenerate. Really it depends on the individual if healing slows down as if it is not working then reduce exfoliation to once every 10 days and do a good one dont rush. --------------------------------------------------