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I'm really embarrassed of my strech marks :(

I also have strech marks on my shoulders which makes me super self concious (im very self concious anyways, so this just adds to it!) & so i always cover up. & since im 18, i would like to wear young, trendy clothes & wear vest tops and things like that!

Has anyone used a stretch mark cream that actually works (that's available in the uk)? as i dont want to waste my money :lol: lol!

I've thought of using bio oil or cocoa butter, but im unsure if they're both just a con...? :confused: :lol: lol!

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Stretch marks are due to fast weight gain and are hereditary. If your mom has them, chances are you will too, regardless of how many creams you slather on. Moisturizing skin is always good though, and may help to minimize the appearance of them, but there's no miracle cure. They do fade away over time.

Also, realize that nobody has a perfect body! It sounds corny, but you have to learn to accept who you are and love the skin you're in. :) Most people aren't going to be so petty as to scrutinize other people's skin so closely. If you are confident and self assured, people will notice that about you. Not how many imperfections you have.

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after having three babies and three c sections, my poor stomach is a mess of stretch marks and scars *sigh*
but i have been using bio oil for years now and it has made a difference in how they look and feel. plus it smells nice :)
yes, it's pricey but a small amount goes a long way and it can be found fairly cheaply on Ebay.
i use a capful in my bath water to moisturise my whole body and then rub in a small amount when i get out.

it's not a miracle solution to stretchmarks. i don't believe there is one.

don't let your stretchmarks get you down. no-one is perfect but everyone is beautiful in some way.
 

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I do agree with everything said, but would add that my niece too has used Bio Oil and she found it helpful.

I know my niece found her marks faded considerably, perhaps more to time than anything she used? Perhaps any good quality moituriser would help improve skin condition :)

Try and eat well too, plenty water and a vitamin E supplement might be worth considering.

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awh Sarah I have some on my shoulders too which used to really bother me - but I am covered in tattoos which hide them - not that I am suggesting you get alot of tattoos too :p hehe!

bio oil is very very good though x x x
 

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Hi Sarah,

I had my parathyroid removed when I was 19. The operation meant I have a scar across the front of my neck. A lady I worked with recommended Wheatgerm Oil from The Body Shop. From what I can remember it only cost a couple of pound and when I used it, it made the scar turn white (from being red). I still have the scar and some days it is really visable - it goes red in cold weather but I don't let it bother me any more. It's part of me, it also reminds me of a really bad time in my life, but makes me think of where I am now and how strong I've become. Don't ever be ashamed of yourself if others put you down - they are not your friends and are not worth knowing. x
 

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Any good moisturiser can help minimise the appearance and massaging it in helps with skin elasticity to prevent new ones but mostly you have stretch marks and no one really notices them but you once they turn white.

Most scars/stretch marks take a year to go from red to white depending on how deep the wound/stretch mark was though I noticed the only way to 'minimise' the purplish stretch marks on my breasts was to gain some weight. That firmed up the tissue underneath the stretch mark so it didn't keep that purplish colour or look gashlike and wrinkly. Perhaps some exercises to develop the muscle in your upper arms and shoulders would firm up the tissue enough to make them less visible if they have a super obvious appearance like the awful purple marks I had. A skin firming cream might help with that too though I'm not so sure and if you want to wear sleeveless go for it. You can always use a lotion with a sheen to it with your top to make them less obvious, that's what that light reflecting makeup they are now aiming at people with 'older skin' is all about so a lotion with a light sheen should do the same.
 

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actually stretchmarks are caused by weight gain and weight loss. over here in the u.s we have drugstores that sell cocoa butter type products but what worked the best was burts bees product that had a round container of oil in it...i think it was shea butter which cost $10 for a small tub. the price is nuts but the after pictures are priceless
 

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Thanks for the great answers everyone! :D In my early teens i put quite alot of weight on but over the last few years i've been trying really hard to lose the weight :) But even though my stretchmarks aren't really that noticable.. i still feel self concious about them! :lol: lol!

I think I will deffinately invest in some good moisturiser, probablys from the body shop as i have super sensitive skin :D lol! & I think i will try the bio oil, it's worth a try!

Thanks for all the kind words, sometimes you forget that everyone has flaws aswell as yourself :lol: lol

I'll let you know if i get any good results :D

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awh Sarah :)
definitely don't beat yourself up about it, like you said no one is perfect and our flaws are what make us interesting. otherwise I think we'd all be boring!

bodyshop sells lovely things so I'm sure they'd have something to help.

how are you getting on with Max and the gpigs?? x
 

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Awww thanks :D yeahh i love the body shop, my my just treated me to some lovely makeup from the body shop last week! :D love it! plus they don't test on animals ;) i'm very strict with that! lol!

& things are getting better thanks :D guinea pigs are doing great, we are just on the verge of killing max :lol: haha, not litterally ofcourse!!!! lol!!! he barks at every little noise they make - sooooooo annoying, he's driving us totally crazy! :lol: lol! but hopefully he will settle down soon :D

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mrsralph - you're from newcastle? wow! i'm from sunderland :D it's a small world! lol x
 

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Yep :D IWAC is from sunderland too, but she hasn't been around for a while :( lol!

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Well, you could always put up a 'Toon Unite' thread on the general chat and see what happens. I have a feeling we would find a few more members...maybe even start looking at forming a local chi fanciers club in town. (It's as good a reason as any for chi's day out, right?)
 

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I am nearly 33,had six children and dont have one obvious stretch mark. I swear by cocoa butter and it doesnt have to be expensive or even vbody shop I used a big 99p bottle of it from wilkinsons in my last pregnacy and still got none. I also use it in the summer as it seems to make me get a tan better :) give it a go.
also if you now have stretch marks already from puppy squidge then use the bio -oil as my friend had a few and a scar on her ankle from an operation and the bio oil really faded them all :)
 

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I am nearly 33,had six children and dont have one obvious stretch mark. I swear by cocoa butter and it doesnt have to be expensive or even vbody shop I used a big 99p bottle of it from wilkinsons in my last pregnacy and still got none. I also use it in the summer as it seems to make me get a tan better :) give it a go.
also if you now have stretch marks already from puppy squidge then use the bio -oil as my friend had a few and a scar on her ankle from an operation and the bio oil really faded them all :)

will invest in some cocoa butter I think too Lisa. thanks for the recommendation x
 

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ohhh thanks lisa! :D i agree claire, i'm gunna try both bio-oil and cocoa butter! :D lol xxxxx
 

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I think I am now a stretch mark expert LOL.

I have researched them for 2 years, sometimes daily... because I HATE mine.

Firstly, stretch marks are normal... don't feel alone.

You DON'T have to have been pregnant to get them either. You also don't have to be female, even men get them.

Here are some reasons why you can get stretch marks:
Weight gain
Weight loss
Pregnancy
Dry skin
Puberty
Hormones
Certain Illnesses
Lacking certain vitamins
Taking certain medications
Poor skin elasticity
Poor collagen production.

Stretch marks will come no matter what creams you use, I am sorry to say. If you are going to get them, you will. I am sorry but people who get pregnant and use creams and don't get any stretch marks, it wasn't the cream... you just didn't get any.

Stretch marks form in the dermis, which is the lower layer of skin. When you apply creams you are putting it on the epidermis. So infact, creams aren't really going to do anything, because they aren't able to penetrate into the stretch marks! they can be about 1.5mm deep and it's not that easy to get stuff to penetrate the skin.

That's why I have bought a derma roller, it's a device that has needles on it... this is a way to help certain products penetrate the dermis. I wouldn't recommend anyone try this until they have done alot of research.

Nothing can remove stretch marks, once they are there, they are there to stay, unfortunately. There could be something out there on the market that might help reduce the look of them, but that is it. Other than actually cutting away the skin, like in a tummy tuck... there is no way to remove them. They are infact scars.

I tried Bio Oil for months on my marks, it made no difference what so ever.

I have also tried Palmers Cocoa Butter, and I did notice some very slight difference, and that was in the texture of my skin.

All stretch marks fade over time, some take months some take years. So if you have purple coloured stretch marks they will fade, in time. Also stretch marks will not tan, they lack melanin. So that's why the rest of your skin tans and your stretch marks remain white. I also wouldn't advise trying to tan them anyway, because tanning damages your skin... you really don't want to be applying yet more damage to scarred tissue.

I got my stretch marks through a number of reasons, mainly during puberty and some weight gain/loss.

Honestly, they aren't as simple as people like to think. My research has taught me SO much about them.

I recommend keeping your skin hydrated by using a good moisturiser and drinking plenty of water.

There still is no cure for stretch marks, I am not sure when there will be one... probably not in my life time.

But all these products advertised on the internet are a waste of time. They are purely trying to make sales.

I am a member of a thread that is 567 pages long, it has been going since April 2005... all sorts of methods of stretch mark treatment has been discussed... but has their been a result? no. People are still posting that their stretch marks still look exactly the same.

I understand how upsetting and depressing it can be. I am pretty much covered in the damn things. At one point I even became suicidal because of them because it was just too much to cope with.
 

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Chrystal that was a really interesting post.
I'm so sorry to hear how much your stretch marks upset you :(
I have experienced the same feelings over my acne scars and no matter what anyone says nothing can ever change how you feel x x x
 
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