Post # 1
I have really bad stretchmarks. I have a caramel complexion and the stretchmarks on my arms and shoulders are white and obnoxious. I fell in love with a strapless gown and I have since purchased it. I am really self conscious about my stretchmarks and will try anything to rid of them for the big day. What do you suggest? I’ve read up on microdermabrasion, airbrushing, and theatrical makeup. Has anyone had a similar issue?
Post # 3
Sadly I don’t think there is anything you can do or we would all have done it.
Post # 4
While cosmetically I doubt it is possible to eliminate stretch marks (but we can all dream of that magical day when it does happen), I think tanning makes them look less prominent. You might consult with a make up artist and see what kind of coverups are available. You could also consider adding a fun bolero or shrug to your outfit.
Post # 5
I’d talk with both a makeup artist (like Amandopolis said) and also a cosmetic surgeon or doc..they can sometimes do something or prescribe a medicine which over time could lessen the appearance of the stretch marks. After I had my son (c section) I used retin a (prescription dose) and I don’t have them. Not an overnight fix, but worth a try if you’ve got a few months. Won’t hurt to talk to a doc. Usually a free consultation too.
Post # 6
I talked to a plastic surgeon once about some stretch marks I have on my hips that I hate and he said to rub Vitamin E on them daily and they should become less noticable. I never really followed through with that because as I aged they just faded naturally but I bet it would at least help. Good luck!
Post # 7
PS By faded I mean just not as noticeable.. I think unfortunately I think we are stuck with them for life… 🙁
Post # 8
I’ve used cocoa butter for years and it definitely helps. It doesn’t eliminate them- but it just makes them less noticable. Like all the other bees have noted, there’s not a whole lot you can do to get rid of them. If you’re going to take the advice of tanning, make sure you do it well in advance of the wedding to see if it works. Sometimes tanning actually enhances the color of the skin around the stretch marks and makes the marks themselves whiter. Just make sure with anything you do that you try it out well before your wedding day! Best of luck!
Post # 9
Airbruch tanning at a salon covers a multitude!
Post # 10
As a mom-to-be, everyone I talked to swears by Palmer’s Cocoa Butter (including the saleslady at Destination Maternity). I’m trying it now but for a few bucks…it’s worth a shot.
Post # 11
For those of you that are pregnant, like you Yach, I am Greek and Greeks have been known to rub olive oil on their bellies to prevent stretch marks. My mom did it for three pregnancies and swears by it, as she didn’t get a single stretch mark!!!
Post # 12
i gained 30 pounds in the span of 3 years BLECH GROSS!! i KNOW! now i’ve got nasty stretch marks EVERYWHERE
i recently started using MEDERMA (got it from the local drugstore) i’m not sure if it’s working but it’s known to heal old scars.it’s worth a shot~
Post # 13
I have stretch marks on my body too (mostly my bum -i know TMI) but i’m a skinny girl and thats the only area i have it on. I do a lot of pageants and modeling so I have to wear a swimsuit most of the time. The few tricks that I have found that work are these for coverup:
1. Scrub area in the shower with body scrub
2. Dry and moisturize slightly
3. Use Sally Hansen Leg Airbrush Spray
I know it says "Leg" makeup but it’s fine anywhere on the body – I don’t recommend putting it on your face.
4. Smooth out softly in one direction using gloves (so your hands don’t get all stained)
5. IMPORTANT – Let dry – you can also use a hair dryer to speed up the process
6. DO NOT use any oils or lotions over the application.
7. Using a small amount of Baby Powder, smooth over applied area to "set"
Another product I would recommend would be Dermablend – it comes in a tube and you also should get the setting powder. Check your local Macy’s or department stores that might carry it.
Hope this helps =)