stretch marks?

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    Feb 21, 2011 3:24 PM GMT
    hi guys so ive been working out for about 2 and a half years and have gained a good amount of weight. my problem though is that im not very tall (5'icon_cool.gif and i started getting stretch marks. when it started i decided to stop growing and do a cut phase but once i started up again so did they. i tried using cocao butter and vitamin E but this one mark kept growing and now its kinda gross and big. can anyone help?

    if it helps, the mark is in the stereotypical spot underneath the armpit, where the delt bi and pec meet.
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    Mar 11, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    I am bumping this thread because I want to know too. I got stretch marks in the exact same place the past few months, on both sides.

    I will offer you what advice I have heard though. If you drink plenty of water every day its supposed to help a lot to keep your skin elastic.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Mar 11, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    i hate to say it is part of life. however, you can put on coco butter and that should reduce the chances of them growing or you getting more. however, you have to use it on your arms all the time
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    Mar 11, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    I have some too. They suck. My understanding is that once you have them, the only way to really get rid of them is by seeing a cosmetic surgeon and having them removed by laser.
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    Mar 11, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    Someone once told me I should be proud of them because my muscles were so big they were tearing through the skin.

    I really didn't find it amusing or helpful but hey... it might help you. icon_neutral.gif
  • Joeyphx444

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    Mar 11, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    I have some too and guys ask me if I was really fat one time and lost a lot of weight icon_evil.gif

    NOO I have just gained a lot of muscle and weight within the last few years
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    Mar 11, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    Strivectin (http://www.strivectin.com/) does work but it's expense. You rub it really hard and I feel like it sort of takes a layer of skin off. It can cause sensitivity.

    Sadly the best medicine is prevention by using cocoa butter and other lotions to keep your skin hydrated so it doesn't tear. I've suffered with them all my life because I got them from puberty. Strivectin has helped like I mentioned, and otherwise they do wear out a little over time.
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    Mar 11, 2011 4:40 AM GMT
    Obviously you get stretch marks when your underlying tissue, be it fat or muscle or a combination in most cases, grows faster than your skin will.

    The opposite happens with sagging skin when you lose weight. The older you are, the less elastic the collagen will be in your skin.

    Basically speaking, your perception of your body image and how fast you get there is not always in line with your genetics.

    My advice is to take a look at your height for weight. If you're over your ideal weight, you're already near the limits of what you'll do naturally. Then, learn to accept the body you have as great instead of trying to always get bigger. It's the opposite of anorexia honestly, and bigger isn't always better. For one, your heart has to pump blood through a greater network of blood vessels, but you probably aren't training your heart if you're at that level of bulging muscles. So, your heart becomes less efficient at keeping your body oxygenated when you're bigger. I noticed this when I was around 180 and decided to lose weight. Now, instead of going for size of muscles, I just go for strength, which is not correlated much with size. The plus of it is that you actually improve your strength to size ratio, which is a mark of efficiency.

    Obviously people on drugs will disagree with me. But this is my philosophy.
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    Mar 11, 2011 6:37 AM GMT
    ive known about the whole cocoa butter thing for a while and started using it. i guess itll just have to do. and thanks for the water tip!
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    Mar 15, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    i think they're kinda sexy
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    Mar 15, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    The technical term for stretch marks is called 'Striae' . I'm sure you'll get more results from google for remedies.
  • Hunkymonkey

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    Mar 19, 2011 10:52 AM GMT
    Hell, stretch marks are a badge of honor. Wish I could have 'em. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr icon_twisted.gif
  • brendanmuscle...

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    Apr 06, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
    View them as battle scars icon_smile.gif They are not a bad thing. They prove that you have been growing. I have them on my chest, legs, biceps, and especially back and traps
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    Apr 06, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    someguy saidStrivectin (http://www.strivectin.com/) does work but it's expense. You rub it really hard and I feel like it sort of takes a layer of skin off. It can cause sensitivity.


    lol- why not just flay your skin with a switchblade- I'm sure it's cheaper.


    The only thing that I know of the actually comes close to working is laser treatment.
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    Apr 06, 2011 6:44 AM GMT
    u must hydrate your skin with regular cream it's help a lot ( make your skin more elastic ), but if you already have your stretch mark ask any regular doctor or chemist to give you the cream that pregnant women use to remove them, no too expensive and works well
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    Apr 06, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    Skin type. some guys dont get them at all...