Post # 1
Hi!:) I am in my third month and had been thinking I would just use up all the body lotions I have on my belly etc before buying any specific creams, however I have been way negligent in using them. I have read that, really, creams supposedly don’t do much and it’s more genetic if you get stretch marks…but still other people have been telling me about their success using them. So, I want to buy one, and I am in France. On Amazon France there is the Bio Oil which is the most expensive, yet best reviewed, and also Palmer’s Cocoa butter products which are much cheaper, yet less popular. I feel a bit stressed about choosing a cream that will be effective, and yet not too costly. Then the Palmer’s products have some that say care, others say prevention…as though one is for preventing and one for fixing the damage?
Anyone have any tips to share?
Post # 2
I used Palmers and have a lot of stretch marks from my pregnancy. I believe it’s genetic, so I wouldn’t spend a ton of money on products personally.
Post # 3
I have used both. Neither work. Save your money. 🙂
Post # 4
I used a small bottle of palmers but then couldn’t be bothered to keep using lotion. I wouldn’t bother buying a special lotion. I got no stretch marks and my friend who used lotion religiously did.
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN
I got a bottle of bio oil at mommycon this past year. I haven’t gotten to use it yet because I haven’t gotten pregnant since then. But I have heard really good reviews on it. It does a lot more than prevent stretch marks though. And I have also heard that stretch marks are genetic, but I think if you use creams and stuff it won’t be as bad as it could have been.
Post # 6
Just some regular old lotion with vitamin E oil is your best bet. You can “help” the stretchmarks not be AS big, but honestly, if you’re going to get them, you’re going to get them. A good way to know, is if your mom got them in her pregnancies, then you will too.
Post # 7
Don’t spend the money! You will get them if you’re going to get them. I used Spoiled Mama’s Tummy Butter (expensive stuff) and I got stretch marks anyways in the 28th week. I got stretch marks during puberty so I knew I was genetically predisposed. But I had hope….
Post # 8
I’m using Palmers Cocoa Butter cream, but honestly, it really does seem like if stretch marks are in your destiny they’ll kind of just happen. Palmers has been good for the little itches i’m getting on my belly though. 🙂
Post # 10
I think any good rich moisterizer or any natural oil is fine. Just find something cheap. I’m 15 wks and already noticing my skin feels tight and dry if I don’t put something on it frequently. Of course I live in the Arizona desert where it is extremly hot and dry. When I am in Europe I never need any lotion : )
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern
Your best bet is to hydrate from the inside… make sure you’re drinking tons of water and that your diet has lots of good fats in it. Stretch marks are mostly genetic with a dash of environmental factors mixed in. No lotion in the world will stop them just as is. Use an inexpensive thick cream to help alleviate itching (which will make them way worse!)
Post # 12
I used a vitamin e body butter from bath and body works. It smelled very mild and made my skin feel so good I started putting it all over. I chose this because vitamin e is really the only thing that has been shown to help skin. Everything else is just wishing and hoping. I had twins so my body had to stretch twice as much. I still got stretch marks but they are very mild, faint…I can live with them! I don’t know if it was the vitamin e or genetics (my mom didn’t get stretchmarks) but I know the vitamin e made my skin look and feel great. I think bio oil has vitamin e in it. I have used that post pregnancy on my breasts which is where most of my stretchmarks appeared AFTER the babies were born!
Post # 13
thanks! i am still a bit conflicted…maybe i should have made a poll!
Post # 14
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
FrenchNewlyWed: Stretch mark creams don’t work and here’s why, straight from my anatomy/physiology classes:
The elastic material in your epidermis and dermis has been stretched so far that it no longer springs back. Think of a rubber band that doesn’t retract anymore. It’s not a moisturizing issue, and no amount of moisture will fix it. In time, your dermis and epidermis will build new elastic fibers and the stretch marks will fade.
Some people are lucky and have more elastic fibers, therefore they do not get stretch marks, ever. I am not one of those people. I get them when I gain weight, when I went through puberty, when I got boobs. It sucks, and I’ve never had a kid.
Sorry if it’s harsh. They fade in time, just like most scars. In the meantime:
Your body is not broken, or scarred. You are a goddamn tiger and you earned those stripes.
Post # 15
Some people are lucky and don’t get stretch marks. Me on the other hand I didn’t start gettng them until 30 something weeks and I always used palmer stretch mark cream. It doesn’t matter what you use if its in your genetics you will get stretch marks no matter what or how much you apply. I hate the way my body looks now after having my son but I went through so much to have him so if people think my body is ugly they don’t have to look.