Post # 1
I know that stretch marks are genetic and we can’t really do anything to prevent them. BUT, I have found that I am happy putting lotion and oil on myself because I feel like MAYBE I am doing something to help. (even if it’s pointless)
I was reading online that many women swore by this stuff called Bio-Oil so I bought some the other day.
I just wanted to mention it to you guys as a suggestion and also ask if any of you have been using it?
I have been using Palmers Coco Butter for the past 7 months, but now I am going to use Bio-oil too
Post # 3
i use it on my face! someone with amazing skin recommend it to me several years ago as a facial moisturizer, as well as for all over, and seriously, my skin has never looked better! and i had a lot of skin problems, oily in some parts, eczema in others, but this stuff is awesome, i LOVE it. It is expensive but I just use a tiny bit on my face and it sinks into the skin after a few minutes (does look a bit ‘sweaty’ until it sinks in) and also put it on problem areas too. also used it on a scar and it seemed to help a lot as well. (note – i don’t use it around my eye area as it shouldn’t be used there)
Post # 4
I’ve used Vitaskin Oil in the past (it’s a generic brand of Bio-Oil) but I actually prefer Rosehip Oil. As I understand Bio-Oil is mineral-oil based and the mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum. Google has a whole lot of info about the pro’s and con’s of Bio-Oil
I’m using Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil and so far so good.
Post # 5
I used bio oil when I was pregnant religiously, along with this other stretch mark cream and at about 35 weeks I got the dreaded stretch marks!!! 🙁
I dont think there is anything at all you can do to prevent them, your either gonna get them or your not. For baby number 2 I am not going to waste my money on all the creams and oils because for experience I know it doesnt work unfortunately.
Post # 6
Bio Oil is amazing! When I dropped a load of weight I had a lot of stretch marks on my sides, thighs and on one upper arm. Some deep red, some white. Faded them loads! Made a massive difference, honestly. Took all the redness out of the nasty red ones and faded them all massively. Did find it a pain to use as it is a bit greasy- but soooo worth it!
Post # 7
I wonder if they really are genetic…I have them, but my mom didn’t. (unless it comes from my dad’s side?) I’ve been using cocoa butter after my showers, but may look into this bio oil.
Post # 8
@londongal: Eczema huh? I really need to look into this, because I have it on my back from my bra, and it annoys the crap out of me. I wonder if Vitamin E oil would work? I already take those every day, but I wonder if putting it directly on the eczema would work?
Post # 9
So does it fade only “old” stretch marks? I have ONE dark purple stretch mark right now on my belly and it looks like a bruise. I’m wondering if this stuff will at least fade the color?
Post # 10
@MsMamaBear: Genetics are a lot more complicated than “my mom had it, so I should too”. Many genes are involved in skin and connective tissue properties, all of which are subjected to dominant and recessive donations from both parents. One data point does not a conclusion make.
Post # 11
I’m not sure that I buy that creams or lotions or anything topical works to prevent them from forming in the first place. I’m just trying to keep my weight gain managable and drinking tons of water since those are the only things I’ve heard actually work. But I do use the body butter and Palmer’s to help with itching— oh man, the itching.
Bio-Oil seemed to be a sponsor for an article I was reading on the American Pregnancy Association website, so that kind of turned me off from believing anything else on that website, and makes me a bit suspicious of Bio-Oil– it was a little too sneaky how they did it– like product placement in a movie or something.
Post # 12
@red_seattle: I haven’t read that about water helping. I know I drink a lot of it, maybe that’ll help some. Mine are skin colored and I didn’t notice them until I turned a certain way in the mirror. Hopefully they stay that color or go lighter.
Post # 13
I 100% do not think that any product will prevent stretch marks. I just like to feel as though I am being proactive…..so even though it very well may happen regardless, for some reason I still like to rub lotion and oil all over my belly. If I didn’t try anything and got stretch marks, I would wish I had tried something. If I use lotions and they dont’ work (as I expected) then I feel like atleast I tried my best 🙂
Post # 14
I love Bio-Oil i have used it for many months, before being pregnant and during pregnancy however at 28 weeks i have some stretch marks on my tummy. I agree that genetics plays a large role. My weight gain has been normal, i have always had some issues with stretch marks and unpredictable skin issues…lol i give up!
Post # 15
I only gained 21lbs with my first pregnancy. When I went into the hospital to deliver I had 2 tiny stretch marks. When I left I had tons on my belly boobs hips and thighs. Once your belly deflated youll get some too =( and I used that expensive bio oil my entire pregnancy!
Post # 16
LOL I thought everyone got stretch marks! I will say though I did not use anything on mine except lotion when they were itchy. I am Irish and super pale and you can still barely see them.