Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

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Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby MrsSPF » Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:57 am

Hey Mama's!

I've gotten stretch marks from losing/gaining weight in the past, so I imagine I'll get it tenfold in a pregnancy and wanted to get ahead of it. Any tricks? Wondering if any of you are doing Bio-oil, Cocoa Butter, etc to stave off stretch marks and if so, when are you starting?
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby B Michaelson » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:06 am

I'm trying bio oil and/or cocoa butter. I switch depending on what i feel like smelling that day.

No idea if it will work or if I ill get stretch marks.

I read to start before your belly grows so I've been doing it almost daily for a while. I want to say around 12 weeks I started?
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby MrsSPF » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:14 am

Wait - what does Bio oil smell like???

Also, do they soak into the skin or is your belly greasy/lotiony all day?
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby camronsmommy » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:30 am

I also use bio oil. I've been using it once or twice a day every day since 12 weeks. It's hard for me to pinpoint what the smell is though..it's not overwhelming and fades quickly. I've found that it soaks into my skin pretty well. It will feel oily momentarily but soaks in fast enough for me to dress fairly quickly after application. (I use it after I shower). I can't say for sure that it will prevent stretch marks..since they are mostly genetic. But I can say that bio oil has helped fade stretch marks from my previous pregnancy and has also done really well on a few small scars that I've had for years. It's a little pricey but lasts for awhile :)
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby MrsJ » Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:34 pm

I use coconut oil every night, other than that, nothing... I have some stretch marks from my first two anyways. I just don't want them to get worse!
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby Luckyduck23 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:20 pm

I think stretch marks have a lot to do with the genetic elasticity of your skin, so oils can help, but if you didn't start pre pregnancy don't expect much to work. Just do you best to stay moisturized as often as possible in the important areas (boobs, sides, belly/abdomen, thighs) and anything with collagen, elastin, coq10 etc should work "best" if there is anything that truly works. With my dd I swore by palmers tummy butter (sort of flat round container with prego lady on cap), I have next to no stretch marks and the ones I do have aren't noticeable unless pointed out, but I've also been a lotion nazi my whole life and am not genetically dispositioned for stretch marks (my mom has had twins and has the extra stretched skin in her tummy to show for it, but hardly any actual stretch marks). Luck of the draw I suppose! But the tummy butter has all that good stuff in it I was talking about and I only felt greasy as I was putting it on, after it was on for about 10 minutes it didn't feel greasy to me(:
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby B Michaelson » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:41 pm

I agree it's mostly genetics. I have scars from my lap and one turned into a keloid so I was hoping it would shrink it a little. Also hoped moisturizing and lots of water would help with itchiness on my belly and legs.

I find bio oil is a tad perfumy but not too bad. I have a chocolate smelling cocoa butter body butter and some days I just can't get enough of it so I opt for it instead of bio oil.

I have to give the bio oil about 15 mins before putting my clothes on so it soaks in but it wasnt too oily.
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby Luckyduck23 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:03 pm

A little comparison(:

Bio-Oil $11.99
a specialist skincare product that is recommended for scars, stretch marks, uneven tone, aging and dehydrated skin. It is formulated for use on both the face and body. Bio-Oil contains the breakthrough ingredient PureCellin Oil which helps ensure the targeted delivery of its key ingredients: Vitamins A and E; Lavender, Calendula and Rosemary oils and Chamomile extract
Ingredients list:
Paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), triisononanoin, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, isopropyl myristate, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, anthemis nobilis flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, calendula officinalis flower extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, BHT, bisabolol, parfum (fragrance)


Palmers Tummy Butter $5.98
with Vitamin E, Collagen, Elastin & Soothing Lavender
Paraben free
Phthalate free
Dermatologist tested
Hypoallergenic
Widely recommended for stretch marks during and after pregnancy or weight loss. Bio C-Elast™ is a powerful combination of Collagen, Elastin, Centella Asiatica, Sweet Almond Oil and Argan Oil. The addition of soothing Lavender makes Tummy Butter® a relaxing nighttime treatment.
Ingredients list:
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dimethicone, Soluble Collagen, Soluble Elastin, Tocopherol Acetate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Beta Carotene (CI 40800)\, Fragrance, Benzyl Cinnamate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Linalool

Basically what you see is it's all really just a blend of different oils, one may be better for *your* particular skin type/sensitivity than another, but I think "stretch mark prevention" oils/creams are mostly gimmicks for preggos to spend their money in hopes of eluding stretch marks completely.. They try to convince us one will work better than the other but I think the best any stretch mark regimen could do is have oils that help fade the appearance of whatever marks you do end up with and keep itchiness at bay as B said, but I don't think true total prevention is possible. And really, any daily oil regimen would help fade & prevent scars/marks by keeping your skins elasticity healthy. But I won't lie, words like "soluble elastin" and "soluble collagen" totally sell me! Lol(and it smells great!)(:
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby MrsSPF » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:14 am

:belly: YOU LADIES ARE THE BEST :belly:
Thanks for the info and personal recos. Off to Target!
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby Mamahen » Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:13 am

I believe stretch marks are 100% genetic. This is more anecdotal. But I have zero stretch marks. I've gained and lost up to 40 lbs at a time more than once. I've had a kid already. I've been a size 16 and a size 8 in my adult life. I have zero stretch marks. I don't use lotion or soap body skin unless it's really dry and needs lotion. I did NOTHING to prevent stretch marks because I'm lazy. And yet I got none. But I know other women than try tons of crap and they are covered in stretch marks.

That said, it feels good to be kind to your body, so lotion away!

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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby specialkel » Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:11 pm

Also, drink lots and lots of water and be sure to get plenty of vitamin C in your diet--both help your skin to be stretchier.
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby MrsSPF » Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:43 am

Good call, specialkel - thank you!

Update: I couldn't find the belly butter anywhere but at Toys R Us, and luckily they had a travel size, so I was able to sample it for $1.50. I can't say i'm a huge fan. It's a frosting-like consistency, so i have to scoop it out and then warm it up in my hands before applying it and it doesn't spread easily like a lotion. Plus, and it could just be my skin, but it was pretty greasy/sticky....like, almost all day long. It does smell good though!

I went back to Target yesterday and bought a small bio-oil to try (it was $20 but came with a $5 target gift card - still pricey, but we'll see how it goes) as well as a Palmer's cocoa butter lotion in the hopes that it would be similar in effectiveness but easier to apply and possibly not as sticky.

I'll report back!
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby B Michaelson » Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:17 am

I got cheaper bio oil at Costco. But of course its not tiny lol.

I asked my mom and she said she got stretch marks so looks like I am probably getting them too. So far so good, but I will report back too lol.
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby MorghanW » Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:15 pm

Research shows that stretch marks are very likely genetic, as others have mentioned. There have been no studies that actually show any of the stuff marketed to reduce stretch marks has any effect. However, no harm in making your belly smell nice ;)

I didn't use anything with DS and ended up with no stretch marks. My mother also only got one small stretch mark with me (and I was a huge baby). Just depends.
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Re: Preventing Stretch Marks (Are you? CAN you?)

Postby lbgoehefam » Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:09 pm

I've been using straight up coconut oil as a moisturizer all over for the past year... and I love it even if it doesn't prevent anything it can't hurt and it's all organic which is a plus as well. I agree about it being mostly genetic. I used stuff on and off with all 3 previous pregnancies and only got a few very light hardly noticeable ones on my breasts and the side of my butt (which have faded even more with time). My mom never got any and she never used anything to prevent them either. The broken veins on my thighs are a different story :( my mom got them while pregnant with my sister and I so I'm pretty sure those are genetic as well. I wanted to get them lasered off but my dermatologist said to wait until I'm done having babies as I'll likely get more with each pregnancy. ..yikes. I've heard apple cider vinegar can be good for those broken veins and capillaries...not sure if I'm supposed to consume it or apply it topically though? Anyone else get those while pregnant?
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