How do i get rid of a stretch mark are prevent it from happening?

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    Dec 22, 2008 10:38 PM GMT
    so i have this gnarly stretch mark where my pec meets my shoulder. how do i help minimize the appearance and how do i stop from it happening again? btw, ive just started weight training and im on a vegetarian diet. could that have been the cause?
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    Dec 23, 2008 1:49 AM GMT
    Diet doesn't really have any effect on the formation of stretch
    marks. The cause is, "the glucocorticoid hormones responsible
    for the development of stretch marks affect the epidermis by
    preventing the fibroblasts from forming collagen and elastin
    fibers, necessary to keep rapidly growing skin taut. This creates
    a lack of supportive material, as the skin is stretched and leads
    to dermal and epidermal tearing. " ( *quote taken from Wikipedia )

    Stretch marks don't ever really completely disappear. ( sorry. )
    But you can diminish their appearance a bit. Natural oils like
    Avocado, Grapeseed ( those two work well together ) and
    Almond will soften the appearance of stretch marks as well
    as promote healthy, soft and subtle skin. They can also aid in
    the prevention of further marks with continued use.
    I found this companies oils to be excellent for maintaining nice
    healthy skin.
    http://www.heatherloraine.com/

    Mederma will work as well. But it can be very expensive.
    They also instruct you to reapply 2-3x a day. So in the end
    it's not very cost effective.

    Coco butter is an old remedy for stretch marks. The results,
    if there are any, aren't as dramatic as with the oils mentioned above.
    But it claims to aid in the prevention of new marks.Vitamin E and
    panthenol claim to diminish marks as well.

    There are other products that say they will get rid of stretch marks.
    They're usually very expensive and don't, if anything, do any more
    than some of the oils I mentioned above. IMHO I'd rather pay $5-$10
    to have something that works versus paying $50+ for something
    that may not work as well. The choice is yours.

    Lastly there's surgical procedures such as dermabrasion or laser
    skin resurfacing. These are usually done in severe cases of scaring.
    and need to be done more than once for them to "erase" the mark.
    This is also a very expensive procedure.

    Hope that helped ?
    Good luck !


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    Dec 23, 2008 2:05 AM GMT
    Once you get 'em, you got 'em. And they'll leave scars.

    I've got a set of stretch marks on the sides of my chest that're six inches long and two inches wide, got more on my biceps, more on the back of my triceps, got 'em around my thighs, and in the middle of my back.

    Best way to get rid of the discoloration is to bake out in the sun as often as you can (remember your sunscreen icon_wink.gif ) and to put a moisturizer on them at least every day.

    You will end up having visible scars that are normally permanent, but they're reasonably close to your normal skin color, not to mention they're a mark of hard-earned gains icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 23, 2008 4:37 AM GMT
    thanks guys (:
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    Dec 23, 2008 4:41 AM GMT
    flex89 saidOnce you get 'em, you got 'em. And they'll leave scars.

    I've got a set of stretch marks on the sides of my chest that're six inches long and two inches wide, got more on my biceps, more on the back of my triceps, got 'em around my thighs, and in the middle of my back.

    Best way to get rid of the discoloration is to bake out in the sun as often as you can (remember your sunscreen icon_wink.gif ) and to put a moisturizer on them at least every day.

    You will end up having visible scars that are normally permanent, but they're reasonably close to your normal skin color, not to mention they're a mark of hard-earned gains icon_biggrin.gif


    worst advice ever!!! the worst thing you can do for a fresh scar which a stretch mark is is to bake in the sun. apply the oils as suggested and keep them out of the sun for a year. at that point you can get a tan and they will fade but until then you should keep them out of the sun, and baking in the sun is a sure fire ticket to skin cancer
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    Dec 23, 2008 4:45 AM GMT
    chungo44 said
    flex89 saidOnce you get 'em, you got 'em. And they'll leave scars.

    I've got a set of stretch marks on the sides of my chest that're six inches long and two inches wide, got more on my biceps, more on the back of my triceps, got 'em around my thighs, and in the middle of my back.

    Best way to get rid of the discoloration is to bake out in the sun as often as you can (remember your sunscreen icon_wink.gif ) and to put a moisturizer on them at least every day.

    You will end up having visible scars that are normally permanent, but they're reasonably close to your normal skin color, not to mention they're a mark of hard-earned gains icon_biggrin.gif


    worst advice ever!!! the worst thing you can do for a fresh scar which a stretch mark is is to bake in the sun. apply the oils as suggested and keep them out of the sun for a year. at that point you can get a tan and they will fade but until then you should keep them out of the sun, and baking in the sun is a sure fire ticket to skin cancer


    totally didn't think about skin cancer :/ thanks
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    Dec 23, 2008 4:58 AM GMT
    Is it just me....or can you guys see the ad for "TriLastin Streatch Mark Removal " on this thread ? Eerie ! ! LOL !
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    Dec 23, 2008 5:00 AM GMT
    LOL !
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    Dec 23, 2008 5:01 AM GMT
    You COULD go tan in a bed, but you still have the skin cancer risk.

    But let's be honest, it takes a hell of a lot more than a half hour every day in the sun to cause cancer, jesus.
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    Dec 23, 2008 5:04 AM GMT
    no we are bringing jesus into the pic? does he get tans?
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    Dec 23, 2008 5:21 AM GMT
    Only after Easter. Makes his complexion more....."lively."
    The tan also blends in the scars on his hands and feet. icon_eek.gificon_lol.gif
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    Dec 23, 2008 5:23 AM GMT
    Blackstar saidOnly after Easter. Makes his complexion more....."lively."
    The tan also blends in the scars on his hands and feet. icon_eek.gificon_lol.gif


    lol icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 23, 2008 5:30 AM GMT
    flex89 saidYou COULD go tan in a bed, but you still have the skin cancer risk.

    But let's be honest, it takes a hell of a lot more than a half hour every day in the sun to cause cancer, jesus.


    What a total falsehood. I have had skin cancer - melanoma, no less - and I didn't get so much as ten minutes a day even before the docs diagnosed me, even though I've worn sunscreen virtually everyday since childhood (my mom being a dermatologist).

    It varies by person. Your skin's natural melatonin levels affects the matter, and the sun exposure you had when you were newborn to 3-ish (I forget the upper bound) is another important criteria.

    Anyway, back to the question, the oils that people are suggesting really just mask the appearance by softening and moisturizing the skin. Prescription retinoids will help the appearance a little. Your best treatment option is lasers, which obviously is pricey and won't make them go away altogether.

    edit1: i said retinols, i meant retinoids. whatever, just ask for retin-a, that stuff they also use for acne. it'll work by promoting new collagen production.
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    Dec 23, 2008 5:51 AM GMT
    Satyricon331 saidWhat a total falsehood. I have had skin cancer - melanoma, no less - and I didn't get so much as ten minutes a day even before the docs diagnosed me, even though I've worn sunscreen virtually everyday since childhood (my mom being a dermatologist).


    You may want to take a look at melanotan, sounds like you'd be a good candidate.
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    Dec 23, 2008 6:03 AM GMT
    flex89 saidYou may want to take a look at melanotan, sounds like you'd be a good candidate.


    I have heard of it. iirc, the FDA still has yet to give safety approval, which whether you like the FDA or not (I'm not a big fan), would mean I'd be jeopardizing my (hopefully soon-to-come) law license if I were to use it. Plus, I'm poor and I think I'd look ridiculous with a tan. But thank you =)
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    Dec 23, 2008 6:09 AM GMT
    Satyricon331 said
    flex89 saidYou may want to take a look at melanotan, sounds like you'd be a good candidate.


    I have heard of it. iirc, the FDA still has yet to give safety approval, which whether you like the FDA or not (I'm not a big fan), would mean I'd be jeopardizing my (hopefully soon-to-come) law license if I were to use it. Plus, I'm poor and I think I'd look ridiculous with a tan. But thank you =)


    LOL you'd look just fine either way. I can't believe people will actually pay the money for it (but it does make you flippin DARK!)

    Bottom line is, I don't think there's any definitive way to keep the stretch marks from scarring without extensive surgery, but doing the lotion will definitely make them hurt less. The tanning helps, but if you're too fair (or too much of a statistic-bound pussy) it's probably not the best option.
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    Dec 23, 2008 6:13 AM GMT
    flex89 saidLOL you'd look just fine either way.


    Why thank you!
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    Dec 23, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    what's wrong with stretch marks? lots of dudes have scars and stretch marks on their chest, biceps, etc. from working out. its only gross when you are freakin fat as a house and you get stretch marks from being obese. men are supposed to have scars on their body. women are the one's who worry obsesively about scars and stretch marks.
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    Dec 23, 2008 11:02 PM GMT
    When I stopped having children, I lost my stretchmarks
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    Dec 23, 2008 11:31 PM GMT
    Stri-Vectin...no lie.
    I had them on my inner thighs and I was like "Hell no!"
    It minimizes them to the point they're almost gone.

    Oh and Coco Butter everyday helps keeps the lipids in your skin healthy and the cell wall more flexible.