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Hack your stretch marks?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 17, 2010 at 1:51 AM

After reading this thread ( http://paleohacks.com/questions/4765/dealing-with-subcutaneous-fluid ) about loose skin, it got me thinking about another (even more common) skin elasticity issue, namely stretch marks (aka "striae"). Does anyone have paleo (or non-paleo) solutions for the prevention and treatment of stretch marks?

Edit, 6/24/2010: Has anyone tried the prescription cream Retin-A (generic is Tretinoin) for stretch marks? Ref: http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/132/5/519

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 10:20 PM

They exist, just invisible, the scar tissue is still there if I feel around

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:34 PM

This might not apply to your situation,but mine got better when I quit dairy and coffee.I also elevate my legs above heart level and do a hot oil massage three to five times a week..it seems to get my circulation going, and heal my skin.

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on August 16, 2010
at 07:29 PM

Stephen, could yo confimr that they are really gone? Mine has faded in color and are not visible to the eye, however when I slide with my finger over them , I can clearly feel them.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on August 15, 2010
at 05:17 AM

The weight came off about a year ago, they initially were angry pink rage scars like 4 large parentheses hugging my abs, they got lighter and tighter in a couple months, I'm wondering if the strong no O6 switch made the difference to close up completely

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on August 15, 2010
at 05:15 AM

Ok, I take D, I used to take fish oil, but now I just strongly avoid O6

07154e6d8e42065f230d06249700fe5b

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on August 15, 2010
at 02:56 AM

Can I ask, how long ago did you loose the weight? What appearance did they have right after? What appearance did they have right before paleo? What was your diet like through most of paleo?

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on August 15, 2010
at 02:12 AM

Fantastic! When you say "no supplements", does that include things like Vit. D and O-3 oils?

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on May 19, 2010
at 07:44 PM

They certainly market it for stretch marks! http://www.mederma.com/ I bought and used one tube, which I think I purchased for somewhere in the neighborhood of $20. I think this amounted to maybe 6 weeks of daily use. The stuff spreads pretty thin so it took very little to cover the stretch marks which cover a ~2x6 inch section of my belly.

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on May 18, 2010
at 02:11 PM

@Kim, Mederma is usually used on small scars. Stretch marks tend to be multiple and have a much greater surface area. How expensive was it to use the Mederma for this purpose?

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on May 17, 2010
at 09:15 PM

@Kim, How much did it cost to use so much Mederma?

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Abb08da08e327d776926f2c9e4856582

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on May 17, 2010
at 02:39 PM

I used Mederma, which is some kind of onion extract, on mine right after my pregnancy, so when the stretch marks were very new. I guess I can't say for sure because I did not leave a control area, but it seems that I got some modest results from it. A year later, they have no difference in color from the rest of my skin, but the texture is most certainly still different. If the stretch marks are old, I probably wouldn't bother.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on May 18, 2010
at 02:11 PM

@Kim, Mederma is usually used on small scars. Stretch marks tend to be multiple and have a much greater surface area. How expensive was it to use the Mederma for this purpose?

Abb08da08e327d776926f2c9e4856582

(225)

on May 19, 2010
at 07:44 PM

They certainly market it for stretch marks! http://www.mederma.com/ I bought and used one tube, which I think I purchased for somewhere in the neighborhood of $20. I think this amounted to maybe 6 weeks of daily use. The stuff spreads pretty thin so it took very little to cover the stretch marks which cover a ~2x6 inch section of my belly.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on May 17, 2010
at 09:15 PM

@Kim, How much did it cost to use so much Mederma?

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on August 15, 2010
at 12:27 AM

I looked in the mirror today... I don't know how long it's been this way... I've had the weight gone for over a year now... I had alot of stomach stretch marks from my 285lb days...

Today, they're gone!!!

No cream, no supplements, just strict diet, exercise and time. I'm 31yr old male, and very excited today to see that what I once thought was a fat man tattoo, is now GONE...!!!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 15, 2010
at 05:15 AM

Ok, I take D, I used to take fish oil, but now I just strongly avoid O6

07154e6d8e42065f230d06249700fe5b

(2057)

on August 15, 2010
at 02:56 AM

Can I ask, how long ago did you loose the weight? What appearance did they have right after? What appearance did they have right before paleo? What was your diet like through most of paleo?

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on August 15, 2010
at 02:12 AM

Fantastic! When you say "no supplements", does that include things like Vit. D and O-3 oils?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 15, 2010
at 05:17 AM

The weight came off about a year ago, they initially were angry pink rage scars like 4 large parentheses hugging my abs, they got lighter and tighter in a couple months, I'm wondering if the strong no O6 switch made the difference to close up completely

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on August 16, 2010
at 07:29 PM

Stephen, could yo confimr that they are really gone? Mine has faded in color and are not visible to the eye, however when I slide with my finger over them , I can clearly feel them.

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on February 07, 2011
at 08:34 PM

This might not apply to your situation,but mine got better when I quit dairy and coffee.I also elevate my legs above heart level and do a hot oil massage three to five times a week..it seems to get my circulation going, and heal my skin.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on February 07, 2011
at 10:20 PM

They exist, just invisible, the scar tissue is still there if I feel around

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C45f090210b67c6da24a00cd05f32190

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on May 17, 2010
at 02:39 AM

Allegedly using a dry loofa or bath brush to scrub your skin just before you get in the shower/bath helps with both problems.

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on June 29, 2010
at 02:32 PM

I use Retin-A micro for acne, which along with washing my face once a day and using a fragrance-free facial lotion has really helped. I recommend talking to a dermatologist first before anything, especially before taking advice from me. But by my understanding it involves high doses of vitamin A to push impurities out of your skin and only a small amount should be used a day. As far as skin damage, the vitamin A only goes so far in reversing it. After using Retin-A for over a year I'm only slightly noticing minor acne scarring diminish. A lot of companies enjoy marketing products with vitamin A with the claims that it reverses damage and wrinkles, but I feel that it's only a preventative treatment for the most part. So I'm not sure how this would help with stretch marks.

Also, I feel I should note that Retin-A reduces your resistance to UV, and my dermatologist recommended that I use spf every day on my face. And using spf has become a debated topic as of late.

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