Stretch Marks?

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    Dec 10, 2007 9:00 PM GMT
    anyone every get stretch marks on their arms from mucles growing to fast? This is so wierd. I've gotten back into the gym recently. I notice my bicep strength growing really fast. And the other day I looked down and saw stretch marks on my arms!! What do I do?????
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    Dec 11, 2007 12:49 AM GMT
    You need to do a few things...
    DRINK MORE WATER H2O!
    Boost your protein intake.
    Get more vitamin E, daily.
    Use a high quality skin moisturizer/lotion...religiously! Especially after showers, baths, swimming, and before bed.
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    Dec 11, 2007 3:19 PM GMT
    skin moisturizer? haha i don't have any of that.

    thanks for the other suggestions
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    Dec 11, 2007 3:26 PM GMT
    People who gain fat quickly have the same problem, Buffalo.... the skin can only stretch and grow so fast...

    I'm told that rubbing vitamin E at the site can help, but I can't find any research that supports that practice.

    They can be repaired surgically if they're really bad -

    What I'd watch out for is that you're "bulking" a little too fast. It's unlikely that you'd actually put on muscle at a rate that could cause stretch marks. It's more likely that you're adding body fat at the same time - a lot of it - and the combination of increased muscle mass AND fat mass is too much for the skin to accomodate.
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    Jan 06, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    You don't have to get especially fancy moisturizer either, just make sure your skin is a little moist before you apply (like after you've toweled off from a shower)

    The vitamins you want to make sure you're getting plenty of are A, C, and E. Apparently vitamin A can work topically so if you buy the pills that are basically little oil capsules you can cut them open and put them right on your skin.
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    Jan 23, 2008 1:17 PM GMT
    Cocoa butter or shea butter lotions will work best.
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    Jan 23, 2008 1:50 PM GMT
    I have not found any good research the supports the use of moisturizers helping to reduce the appearance of or prevent the occurrence of stretch mark. Making sure you get your fat soluble vitamins (Vit. E and A, etc.) would be good as it would but your skin in the most optimal condition. Using a moisturizer cant really hurt, but don’t bath you body in it as to much can impair skin integrity.

    Stretch marks, from what I have read, can fade over time. They might not go away completely but the appearance of some might diminish. The only proven method to really get rid of it seems to be plastic surgery such as laser or a chemical peel, but I am not sure how effective these methods are.
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    Jan 24, 2008 2:04 AM GMT
    I had them on my arms and thighs ( I was a fat kid)

    The solution was to apply sun cream to the rest of my body and try and lay in the sun to tan them away. It worked after the sunburn pain, much moisturising and layer of skin that peeled away they were far less noticeable.

    I deeply regret doing it, and don't recommend you try, I think in the long run they would have faded even more than they did and I would have spared myself considerable pain