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What to do about the dark red stretch marks?

Posted by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:08 PM
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I have a friend who says she has them on her belly and is asking for advice. I only have the light ones and all I could suggest is cocoa butter Formula, Massage lotion for Stretch marks. She has never had children but I figure this is the best place to ask.

Thanks in advance!

by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:08 PM
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Open_fire
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:15 PM

There's not really a whole lot you can do once you already have them.. Everything out there that you put on your belly is to prevent them. I would say use some sort of cream or something that helps with elasticity so they don't get too much worse. I had them all the way down my stomach with my last pregnancy and I was so upset.. But they disappeared within a few months. And I'm 32 weeks along now, and don't have any at all. And I never use anything for stretch marks. Strange though, I still have the light silver ones from when I was a chubby kid. No idea why those stayed and the ones from my pregnancy didn't. 


I heard there's a really good product that works miracles on stretch marks, sold at GNC called StriVectin. People swear by it, but it's pretty expensive. Everyone I know who has used it, got it off of ebay. But it made their stretch marks disappear completely.

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tickled_pink09
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:28 PM


Quoting Open_fire:

There's not really a whole lot you can do once you already have them.. Everything out there that you put on your belly is to prevent them. I would say use some sort of cream or something that helps with elasticity so they don't get too much worse. I had them all the way down my stomach with my last pregnancy and I was so upset.. But they disappeared within a few months. And I'm 32 weeks along now, and don't have any at all. And I never use anything for stretch marks. Strange though, I still have the light silver ones from when I was a chubby kid. No idea why those stayed and the ones from my pregnancy didn't. 

 

I heard there's a really good product that works miracles on stretch marks, sold at GNC called StriVectin. People swear by it, but it's pretty expensive. Everyone I know who has used it, got it off of ebay. But it made their stretch marks disappear completely.

Thanks :)

MamaKalila
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:30 PM

I actually talked to someone about this today... I just started selling Avon & noticed a stretch mark cream in the catelog.. I was curious as to how it works & she said that its great at fading them. I'm planning to try it at some point soon.

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sparklebug86
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:33 PM

hmmm.... I will have to try the stivectin :)

A tip to prevet anymore stretch marks is DO NOT SCRATCH! I was terrible about that and didnt believe everyone when they told me that scratching makes it worse but its true!

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JennaFoix
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:33 PM

I say learn how to deal with them. Stretch marks are scars. They fade over time, but most likely will never be completely gone. I had bad ones with my daugter and I still have them 5 years later and I still love myself with them. My mom got them with my brother and I 28 and 25 years ago and she still has hers. I honestly say learn how to love them. I see them as my proof of motherhood. If Im murdered and thrown somewhere and found a few days later before my skin rots away a medicall examiner will see those and possibly the first thing they will know about me is that im a mother because if my stretch marks. I dunno I guess I just love my kids and could careless what they do to my body as long as they're healthy.

Getting stretch marks depends on your skins elasticity NOT on what lotions/creams you do or dont use. why dont people get that yet???

MamaKalila
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:46 PM

While I agree that there is nothing wrong w/ having stretch marks, the child is what is important... and I'm only trying the Avon cream out of curiousity (for one thing if I'm gonna sell a product is nice to know for myself)... I do have to say that I disagree with parts of this.  You've got the basics down, but something can be done to stop it from happening and there are things that can be done... some a little more extreme than I am anywhere near comfortable with, but still...

Link from Medicnet that gives a better description of how and why they happen & what can be done.

Quoting JennaFoix:

I say learn how to deal with them. Stretch marks are scars. They fade over time, but most likely will never be completely gone. I had bad ones with my daugter and I still have them 5 years later and I still love myself with them. My mom got them with my brother and I 28 and 25 years ago and she still has hers. I honestly say learn how to love them. I see them as my proof of motherhood. If Im murdered and thrown somewhere and found a few days later before my skin rots away a medicall examiner will see those and possibly the first thing they will know about me is that im a mother because if my stretch marks. I dunno I guess I just love my kids and could careless what they do to my body as long as they're healthy.

Getting stretch marks depends on your skins elasticity NOT on what lotions/creams you do or dont use. why dont people get that yet???


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Honeybun09
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Mine were dark red. I left them alone my entire pregnancy and still leave them alone. My daughter is 10 months in 2 days and now most of them have faded into my pale skin color and the others are very light.

And they WERE very bad.

I honestly think leaving them alone is the best thing to do.  I'm sure all the stuff you try to put on them just irritates them further.

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LaceyN1121
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:57 PM

After she has the baby and her stomach starts to go back down to normal the stretch marks will fade. Just advise her to use lotions on a daily basis to keep the skin from losing moisture when it stretchs. Some people get them really bad (I did with my first and nothing helped until after I had her) and they start to fade once the baby is born and the body is returning to normal.

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tickled_pink09
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 8:33 PM

She is not pregnant but I thought this would be the best place to go for advice. I am pregnant though(for the first time) and only have minimal stretch marks.

tdenotter
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Vitamin E cream, palmers butter stretch mark cream.

Quoting tickled_pink09:

I have a friend who says she has them on her belly and is asking for advice. I only have the light ones and all I could suggest is cocoa butter Formula, Massage lotion for Stretch marks. She has never had children but I figure this is the best place to ask.

Thanks in advance!


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