Stretch Marks!

Philippines
June 11, 2009 6:24am CST
Is there any effective way of erasing my stretch marks? There are a lot of lotions our in the market, but are too expensive, so I want to make sure that they work before I invest my money on it. LOL. I gained 20 lbs when I was in college ( college life is not good for me apparently. hehe.) and this marks suddenly showed up! I can't wear bathing suit cause they shine in the sun ( and i don't know why ).. I always have to wear shorts over my swimsuit to hide my marks.. someone help! =)
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14 responses
@oyenkai (4396)
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
I don't think there's any way aside from a cosmetic surgery to get rid of those stretch marks. I know that if there was, the Hollywood stars wouldn't be caught with them. There are a LOT of paparazzi pictures of famous people with stretch marks on their butts - so I guess it's THAT hard to get rid of them. I also know that I have several but would rather wear shorts anyway, so I don't worry about them at all. Thanks for the response on my discussion:)
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@uu4h708 (638)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
i found a recipe online where you mix olive oil, aloevera gel, vit a and E. been using for 2mos now and it does make my skin smoother, and the stretch marks a little less visible. for around P700-P1000, ul be able to use this mix for 4-6mos, depending on how big the affected area is. and also it is better to use 2x a day and again, the results wont come overnight.
12 Jun 09
there are five effective ways on erasing stretch marks. 1).prescription creams, using retin A cream (vitamin A) this will help reduce inflammation and stave off the negative effects of the hormones in the skin. 2).Exercise- breathing exercises and meditation help balace hormone levels. 3).diet- drinking six to eight glasses of non-carbonated water to flush out toxins and keep the body and the skin hydrated as well as consuming skin-boosting fresh(no-sugar-added vegetable juices) leafy greens, lean proteins and omega 3 & 6 oils. 40.moisturing twice daily-choose a moisturizer that is paraffin-and chemical-free and which contains alpha hydroxy and vitamin A. 5).fraxel laser treatment-a non-invasive, FDA-approved laser treatment passes through the top layer of skin like light through glass, reaching into the dermis below to create thousands of tiny, microscopic areas of thermal damage that stimulated the body's wound-healing response, notably new collagen production and replacement of damaged marked skin with new epidermal skin. thanks and GODbless
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@ShanaLR (17)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I think that you should try using aloe vera gel mixed with Vitamin E over the stretch marks. Continue to rub in well twice a day for four to nine months. You have to be consistent for this to work as it is not an overnight remedy. Other than that keep the skin moisturized as much as possible. You could also use creams that contain vitamin A or derivatives of Vitamin A such as Retin-A. Laser therapy can be an option but it can be on the expensive side.
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@eltobh (231)
• Indonesia
12 Jun 09
Hmm..I don't know..I do not think that those lotions help. I tried to apply this stretch marks prevention lotion when I was pregnant, because I was afraid that after giving birth, they will appear. There was no use. The stretch marks came out after I gave birth :(..Yes, they're ugly..but what can I do? I read it in the books, and I watched Oprah once, it was said that you can not prevent stretch marks, as they are somehow genetic (my mother does have stretch marks which came out after giving birth, even she's skinny). I guess the only way might be surgery? Or exercise.
@3cardmonte (5098)
11 Jun 09
Cocoa butter is only good at PREVENTING stretch marks, not erasing them. Stretchmarks are scars so look for anything with a very high dose of vitamin E and shark liver oil. The best product I recommend is palmers scar reducing serum.It's pricey £10 a bottle, and it smells but it DOES work.
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@kryzell (921)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
Have you tried this? I just wrote in my blog about starting the Palmer's Tummy Butter (even if it didn't work in preventing my tummy scars)... I'd love to try this one, although I am not sure if this is available here in the Philippines... or if it's gonna fit into my budget. It's a bummer that I bought a few useless, supposed stretch marks eraser.... a lot didn't work :-(
13 Jun 09
I have tried it!
@iamsolucky (1242)
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
have you tried olive oil for your skin?. it does make a difference, i like to apply olive oil before bedtime and yes it makes my skin so smooth and silky.It has also lightening benefits so maybe you can try it. You can always search online for homemade remedies for it if you want to save money. But then i wont tell you to go to the doctor and get surgery for that. Maybe think whats the best way and if you got money, you can always find solution for it. Homemade recipes results maybe slow but its the safest way. Happy mylotting and smile always!
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
I haven't tried olive oil yet.. but since it's really cheap, and there is one in our cupboard right now, I would definitely try it. LOL. Thanks for the suggestion! =)
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
Me to suffered from having lots of stretch marks at my back and my tummy because I used to be 30 lbs overweight. Some say that Palmer's cocoa lotion is good but quite expensive here in the Philippines so I just tried all kinds on lotions, even the ones not especially made for stretch marks. Based on my experiment as long as my skin is well conditioned, the stretch marks does not show. My sisters friend, who losed weight after pregnany told her to apply any lotion while pregnant because it will prevent stretch marks. However, since it is very hot here in our country, I find it quite difficult to put lotion on my back and tummy because it causes breakouts.
• Philippines
12 Jun 09
Now I'm using lander cocoa lotion and body shop's cocoa butter. Both smell like palmer's though body butter feels so sticky. I like lander more because its not very thick and can apply it easily, and very cheap too.
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• United States
19 Jun 09
I have been told that Vitamin E and cocoa butter will eventually make them fade. If you research online, there are new products out to take care of stretch marks (they are usually targeted to women who have just had babies--belly stretch marks!) I'm afraid I haven't tried any of these methods, so I don't know if any of them work for sure. Getting a tan (whether by sun or by artificial tanning lotion) might help cover up the stretch marks for now. Good luck, and please post what worked best for you! I would love to know.
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@barehugs (8984)
• Canada
11 Jun 09
Speaking as a Yogi who has practiced yoga for 30 years, I'm wondering why you are trying to erase stretch marks on your abdomen by using lotions on the outside, when the problem was caused from the inside. Why waste your money on lotions when all you have to do are some exercises? The problem arose when the weight of the fetus stretched the muscles which hold in stomach. Why not do some stomach-tightening exercises and bring your stomach back into shape? ( Leg Raisers)- Lie on your back on a mat and with your knees straight, and raise your foot 18" from the floor. Do this exercise with both feet,as many times as you can each day until you can do it 20 times without stopping.(sit-ups)- lie on your back on the mat, and sit up without using your hands or arms. Do this until you can do 20 without stopping. Put your feet under a sofa at first to keep them from popping up. When you can do both of these easy exercises 20 times without stopping your stretch marks will be long gone.
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• Philippines
11 Jun 09
I heard many people say cocoa butter lotion can lighten up stretch marks but I haven't tried though, when I gave birth to my daughter I had stretch marks, luckily it wasn't that bad so I can still wear my swimming suits...you can try some scar lightening products also..
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• United States
11 Jun 09
I've heard that Palmers Coco Butter was the best. Its what my mom and all my aunts used while there were pregnant. Also try some Mederma, its a cream made to get rid of scars and it can be used to fad strech marks away as well.
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@bluishrose (2290)
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
As what the doctors say it cannot be removed when its already a scar. Stretch marks can be healed when its just started, skin color is red thats when you know its just new and start applying cocoa butter or shea butter that is high with vitamin E. Stretch mark is a scar after the skin has been stretch, the advice would be just to toned your body and exercise alot.
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• Philippines
11 Jun 09
I tried a lot of lotions as well during and after my pregnancy but no one was able to erase my stretchmarks in my belly. lol. Now, I am no longer bothered with it. It's part of being a mom I guess. But in case there is indeed something which can really erase them, I would gladly try again.