Best stretch mark cream?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Jerrica1982 :  I love to mix coconut oil with Vitamin E oil! You can add a scent if you want it to smell like something specific, I find sticking to the most natural works best for me.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

Jerrica1982 :  genetics. My friend tried everything and still got them because it was in her family line to get them. I’d say save the money and don’t worry about them. You’re going to get them or not

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Jerrica1982 :  there’s no way to prevent them. Creams work on the surface & stretch marks aren’t on the surface – they’re in the lower levels & nothing can get there to prevent them… it’s pure luck. Creams will make the skin on your bump nice and soft though!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Jerrica1982 :  Palmers for stretch marks and bio oil.

Regardless of what lotion you use, the important thing is to keep the skin hydrated so that it’s not just the epidermal but the dermal (2nd layer) of skin being protected. I’m 9 months and stretch marks run in my family; I hardly have any (just some light pinkness in areas) and I swear it’s because I use lotion + plastic wrap on my belly whenever Im home or at night. At least 3x a week.

Theres mixed feelings about this and some people think it’s gross, or that it makes you conduct extra heat. But a nurse who has twins told me about this years ago and how it saved her skin; she showed me and her stomach was perfect.  I leave it on for at least an hour, sometimes 5 hours, and do it again later on if I feel like it. 39 weeks and my stomach is still beautiful. I’m gonna be brave and post a photo; I hope this helps! 

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s genetic. I used whatever old lotion we had just to keep my skin hydrated for my own comfort. Went to 39 weeks with both my pregnancies and thankfully never got any! Thank you, mom and dad, I guess….

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Jerrica1982 : you definitely can prevent them! My best friend’s mom had horrendous marks on her stomach. To combat this, she used Palmers coco butter on her stomach everyday since she found out she was pregnant. 

No lie, you can’t tell she’s ever had a child. Like perfect in a bikini. I’ve not had children but my weight has fluctuated so I’ve had marks, I love bio oil personally. I also had a huge burn scar across my stomach and bio oil removed it in about a year. 

Don’t listen to the people you say don’t bother. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Jerrica1982 :  Yes that could be a concern I usually put it on before bed so I’m in an old shirt and shorts that I don’t care about.. maybe like PP suggested you could wrap your tummy in plastic wrap so it doesn’t touch your clothes as well!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

You really cannot prevent them, but the balms and oils do help with itchiness. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

My aunt swore by her method. She told me about it when I was 17 (she’d just had her 2nd child) and I always remembered for when I ever got pregnant. She said she faithfully applied a skin cream twice a day from breasts to thighs (there were days when I was too exhausted to do this so my husband would do it and use it as bonding time with the baby- talking to him through my stomach and watching him move around). She also didn’t allow herself to scratch her stomach when it started to itch. She kept a couple bags of frozen peas in the freezer and would rub the bag over her stomach if the itching got really bad.

I’ve heard people say that genetics determines whether or not you get stretch marks, but you don’t know for certain what your genetics will dictate for you and certain preventative measures can absolutely help. My mother has severe stretchmarks from her two pregnancies. I have none.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

Jerrica1982 :  I guess I should clarify if more than just your mother has stretch marks it probably genetics then. If only your mother had them then I guess there’s a possibility you won’t get them. Most of the women in my family had them. And honestly stretch marks really aren’t that big of a deal. A friend of mine has them but unless you’re looking for them you don’t see them because they fade. 

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