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Stretch Mark Cream: What works (or waste of money)??

(103 Posts)
Cupcake83 Fri 27-Jan-12 11:58:10

Ok so I am pregnant with #1, about 9 weeks or so according to Dr Google.

In a vain attempt to prevent stretch marks I have been lathering Bio Oil and Palmers cocoa butter (not together) all over my boobs, back, hips and tum for a while and wanted to see what others are using/have used in the past and most importantly if they are any good smile

I'm aware that regardless of what I smother myself in I may still end up with stretch marks - but at least I tried right???

Sandra2011 Fri 27-Jan-12 12:02:32

In my 1st pregnancy I didn't get any stretch marks and I only used normal dry skin moisturiser, whatever was on sale at the time.
And have been doing the same now in my 2nd pregnancy.

You either get them or you don't. No cream can 100% guarantee that it works.

Snowbeetle Fri 27-Jan-12 12:03:38

Skin has a natural elasticity tolerance - go past it and you get tiny fissures which are your proverbial stretch marks. Everyones threshold is different and you can't change the skin you were born with.
But, that said, you can help your skin out, so moisturisers and keeping really well hydrated are the two things you can do.
May or may not make a difference. smile
I used bio-oil, cos someone recommended it, but was not disciplined about it, drank like a fish, and ended up with no marks at all. What made the difference? no idea. Most ladies in my family don't get stretch marks. so hey ho.
I'd do it again though.... like you said... just in case. grin

milkysmum Fri 27-Jan-12 12:05:00

I have two DC's one aged 3 years one 4 months. Used bio oil from first trimester with both and have been fortunate to not get a single stretch mark- I have no idea whether I would have got them without the bio oil or am just lucky? would say it's worth a go though ( alot cheaper if you buy off amazon rather than high street chemist aswell.

Snowbeetle Fri 27-Jan-12 12:05:29

p.s congratulations - such an exciting time ahead for you. grin

monkeymamma Fri 27-Jan-12 12:13:07

I've been using Bio Oil (but only once a day instead of recommended twice, I'm not made of money lol!) and am 40+1 today.I've got no stretch marks at all (on the bits I've been rubbing it into - ie my tummy and bosoms - but forgot my bum until I noticed loads of stretch marks there at about 25 weeks, quickly started putting it on hips bum and thighs too, oops!)

Another thing that's helpful is E45 lotion, which I used for a bit when my tummy got really itchy/flakey around the 35 week mark (I had run out of Bio Oil and used something else instead which seemed to irritate my skin - or possibly my skin was just protesting about lack of Bio Oil having gotten used to it!). It rubs in really really easily and is super cheap and very soothing.

Congrats on the pregnancy and happy bump-care!!

rrrayray Fri 27-Jan-12 12:13:14

I can recommend mama mio products. Like the others say who knows how much if any help they give you, but they certainly make you feel good.

Their tummy oil and butter are lovely.

AdiVic Fri 27-Jan-12 12:17:01

Hello - all the women in my family suffer with sm, and my sister looks like she has been mauled by a tigersad so I was petrified about getting them. At the time I worked for a medical wound and skin care co, so had access to all clinical trials on loads of medical creams, so I got to see what has basically crap in it, and what doesn't. I also got free samples of a certain ointment (epaderm) which treats very dry skin/eczema etc, so i lathered that on at night, and coco butter cream in the mornings. I got no stretch markssmile On second pregnancy now, so ask me in 6 months, but so far so good. You can support the structure of the skin by moisturising, so I would recommend keeping up with a good routine. Watch out for parabens in products - listed in ingredients, they are not too good. p.s. I no longer work for that co, they made me redundant, but I still use their ointment (not cream).

Joygirl78 Fri 27-Jan-12 12:33:06

I read that stretch marks appear well below level of the skin epidermis, so any topical treatments - creams and oils - will have no effect as they don't penetrate deep enough. No idea if this is true. But I also heard that if you are prediposed, then you will get them whataver you do as it's genetic.

For first pregnancy I used mamma mio butter and oil which cost a bomb. Stretch marks appeared below belly button at 36 weeks, but they faded with time and have never bothered me.

This time I have bio oil - as it works so well on all types of scarring. And also cocoa butter stretch mark cream. I haven't been as diligent in applying every day. Marks have appeared much earlier and there are more. But honestly I don't really care. After 2 kids I'm not exactly likely to be wearing crop tops or bikinis on the beach in years to come. I rather like the faded silvery marks - they remind me of that big stretched pregnancy belly.

TheBreadstick Fri 27-Jan-12 12:35:39

Hi cupcake83 and congrats on the pregnancy!

I think stretch marks are something some women are pre-disposed to rather than something you can prevent.

I'm 29 weeks now with #1 and starting to get a fair sized bump. I haven't used any creams as of yet during pregnancy, no stretch marks either yet, but I do find just recently that a) as my tummy is getting bigger and the skin a little tighter, it's nice to ease the tightness with a bit of cream (I'm using the bodyshop's Vit E Body Butter) and b) it helps bond with my emerging bump to sort of massage it and watch the kicks!

I'd say carry on with the cream/oil if you enjoy the pamper, but don't expect it to prevent stretch marks as you may end up disappointed!

Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

Bread x

I used Bio Oil religiously throughout my pregnany and for quite a while after. I didn't get any stretchmarks until about 32 weeks (hips), and didn't get any on my tummy (lower half) until after I'd given birth and my tummy shrank. Wasn't expecting that! I hear it's just all down to genes. I come from a very stretchmarky family!

melliebobs Fri 27-Jan-12 14:15:15

I haven't used anything. 36+5. Youre either gonna get them or not. And if you are there's nowt that's going to stop it

Samvet Fri 27-Jan-12 14:18:30

I spent a fortune on every cream under the sun and got millions of stretch marks. I was v upset but then got over it. Genetics I am afraid, next time I won't waste my time!!!

Pagwatch Fri 27-Jan-12 14:20:07

It took me two readings of the thread title to realise that Mark Cream is not some bloke.

quitcomplaining Fri 27-Jan-12 14:20:47

You either get them or you don't. I use bio oil twice a day from 12 weeks and got a fair few sm appear from 30ish weeks.

My sil was pregnant at the same time, 4 weeks ahead of me, and never used any cream and didn't get one sm.

I hear of some slathering on all sorts and getting none and claiming it was whatever cream they used but tbh it's all in your genetics. If your mum got them you are likely too.

I thought I would be devastated by my sm after birth of dd but they really don't bother me.
I'm pregnant aagain and will not be wasting my money on expensive lotions this time.

memphis83 Fri 27-Jan-12 14:23:35

I used any cream, but I used loads of it, people thought I was mad, I would have a tub in every room, whenever I got a minute I would be rubbing it in, I hardly drink anything and made sure I drank loads while pregnant. My sister used expensive creams but didnt up her fluid intake and she looks like a zebra.

Dollybird99 Fri 27-Jan-12 14:27:41

Hi Cupcake,

I am 31+1 and so far have only two new stretchmarks. I have a few down at the bottom of my tummy from being overweight, but only two new ones further up since I've been pregnant. I've been using Palmers Cocoa Butter every day (twice a day) since I was about 16 weeks, with a short interlude in between when someone bought me some Sanctuary Tummy butter. It seems to be working so far! My mum is covered in them so I thought I would get loads...I suppose there's still time!


EdithWeston Fri 27-Jan-12 14:28:04

It's all down to your genes. Ask your DM, if you can, whether where and how badly she got stretch marks. You'll be similar.

If there was a cream that really worked then, trust me, everyone would know about it.

Massage is nice, feeling pampered is nice - at least you'll get this benefits.

grin at Pagwatch

I didn't get any with DS1 and none yet at 38+4 with DC2. I have oily skin generally so maybe this helps?? Agree with Melliebobs and the others - nothing works. Just cross your fingers wink

Cupcake83 Fri 27-Jan-12 14:50:15

grin Pagwatch

Thanks for all your tips, I'm going to stcik with it - I am from a stretch marky family though so my hopes ain't high smile

JuliaScurr Fri 27-Jan-12 15:31:36

Got none with Palmer's cocoa butter; dd got rid of newish ones with Palmer's scar serum

JumpyGill Fri 27-Jan-12 15:34:04

Clarins Huile Tonic - it is quite expensive but it worked for me.

Ghoulwithadragontattoo Fri 27-Jan-12 15:46:16

Congrats. I actually think keeping your skin moisturised is a good idea when you're pregnant. My skin was much drier and I really enjoyed putting the stretch mark cream as my bump got bigger. It may not stop you getting stretch marks but will make your skin feel lovely anyway and is nice way to bond with baby too. I do have stretch marks on my bum and boobs from puberty (possible exacerbated by pregnancy) but never got them on my tummy during two pregnancies so it's possible the cream did help. I had a lovely milk, olive and neroli one from Boots which was about £4 for a big pot which smells gorgeous. Also comes with a nice bubble bath in same range.

silentcatastrophe Fri 27-Jan-12 15:53:57

I have stretchmarks on my hips and bum from growing, but none from being pg. My body is a different shape but it would be a different shape if I became a bodybuilder

Aloha31 Fri 27-Jan-12 15:57:50

my mum and two sisters were riddled with them after their pregnancies. sisters used Bio oil every day.

I assumed I would get them too. I bought a cheapo sweet almond oil from Asian supermarket, mixed it with wheatgerm oil and used that. then a friend bought me the Weleda Pregnancy oil. It's more or less the same ingredients. I was 16 days late with a big baby and not a single mark.

I treated my sisters to it and both have seen a massive improvement on old stretchmarks after a few weeks.

This oil deserves to be better known!

CarrieInAnotherTWOBabiTWINS Fri 27-Jan-12 16:02:47

i think you either get them or you don#t

i used bio oil in first pg, still got fair few strechmarks, but they are the groooves in the skin type rather then the dark purple, so they are not too bad.

this time im using bio oil, somedays other days santcury bump butter or oil.

havent noticed any difference really.

It's just one of those things, my Mum has not a single one. In my first pg I slathered my self in bio-oil and Palmers 3 times a day, nobodys bump was better moisturised, it was practically dripping, I also drank water like it was going out of fashion.

By the time I gave birth the whole of my bump looked like a pink tiger sad

Pg number 2, no time to look after myself, put on any old moisturiser ummm maybe once a week, drank to thirst, got one tiny stretchmark.

Tbf there was really any skin left grin

I seriously wouldn't waste lots of monry on anything expensive.

NoMoreInsomnia12 Fri 27-Jan-12 16:39:13

The only thing that makes stretch marks fade is cocoa butter, but they only fade and do come back- though lessen over time, can hardly see mine now. For some reason I got stretch marks in puberty but not during pregnancy...

Dualta Fri 27-Jan-12 16:42:07

I used Bio Oil every day from the first trimester as recommended by my SIL - not a single stretchmark -thankfully.

I was also influenced by friend is a nurse who does ante-natal care - she says she can tell which are the 'Bio-Oil' tummies!

It doesn't work on cellulite though smile

snowpuma Fri 27-Jan-12 16:42:41

Just to add my two penneth, I didn't bother using anything with my first pregnancy and haven't this time either (I'm 37wks now) and I have no stretch marks. I feel all the claims the manufacturers make are empty, as you can't tell whether their case studies would have developed SM without the cream anyway. I was surprised I didn't get any, as I thought everyone did, but was too lazy to get around to using any cream... and then when I escaped unscathed last time I realised that I am just lucky and that it would have been a waste of money to buy expensive lotions/oils, so didn't bother this time either.
Enjoy your pregnancy...

OneLittleBabyGirl Fri 27-Jan-12 16:42:45

I hear the same as Joygirl78, that stretch mark is too deep in the skin for creams to penetrate into. So all that lovely cream is just keeping your surface moist.

I use E45 because I have eczema. I have a little bit of stretch mark but fades quickly. But I also have a very small bump that is barely visible at 37 weeks under a large wolley jersey.

Zanzicat Fri 27-Jan-12 16:45:34

Hi and congratulations!

I moisturise everyday, virtually from head to foot, whether pregnant or not as I prefer the way my skin feels. I have very sensitive skin and react to loads of creams so I've been using E45, and bio-oil on the odd occasion. I much prefer the E45. It's cheap as chips and rubs in easily. Bio-oil takes ages to soak in, not good if you're already running late for work after spending ages throwing up!

I'm 32+1 and don't have any stretch marks despite putting on at least 2 stone (don't know exact amounts) and virtually all of that being on my bump. Having said that neither my mum or sister got stretch marks despite also being massive during pregnancy, so perhaps I'm just lucky with good genes.

Hope this doesn't jinx me now and I wake up covered in them tomorrow!

springaroundthecorner Fri 27-Jan-12 16:48:39

I personally think its age of mother and size of bump. My first two pregnancies - not a mark. Third, when quite a bit older and bigger bump - riddled with them. Hey ho.

Likesshinythings Fri 27-Jan-12 16:49:02

I used the mama mio cream and got away without a stretch mark, despite having a bump that must have been visible from outer space. I also have loads of stretch marks from growing up, so thought I was bound to get loads in pregnancy.
Mama Mio stuff is great, if a bit pricey. Doesn't have any paragons or other unpleasant chemicals.

Likesshinythings Fri 27-Jan-12 16:49:35

Bloody iPad spellcheck, it's parabens not paragons!

bamboobutton Fri 27-Jan-12 16:51:18

the only cream that can penetrate the skin deep enough to make a difference is emu oil, which vvvvvvvvvvvvv.expensive, $100 for a litre bottle.

even then there is no guarantee it'll work.

lottiegb Fri 27-Jan-12 17:19:22

Hmm, have stretch marks on hips from puberty, so would expect to be predisposed but no idea yet - 33 wks. Have been given a pot of mama mio butter, no doubt expensive, no idea if any effect but it does smell nice.

OverwhelmedMuch Fri 27-Jan-12 17:38:42

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Im 37+6, ive used oil in the bath, palmers cocoa butter, bio oil, asda's little angels oil and general body lotion i'll admit not religiously but fairly often since around 14 weeks and my stomach and back are totally covered in stretch marks which started showing up from around 25 weeks! Ive also noticed some on my thighs popping up more recently. Dont think theres much you can do if your going to get them but they'll fade is what i keep telling myself! :D

ProjectGainsborough Fri 27-Jan-12 17:44:52

I've found that bio oil and clarins stretch mark cream made a big difference to existing stretchmarks on hips - they have virtually disappeared. Have been using one or the other throughout pregnancy, and I haven't (touches wood frantically) yet developed any pregnancy related ones.

From my observation, Clarins seemed to do more for the texture of the skin and Bio Oil (or Boil, as it is affectionately known by my mum) does more for the colour of the marks.


It's genetic that's all. The marks appear too deep in the dermis for anything topical to penetrate.

My mum has bad ones from me and my bro, so I bought the Clarins oil, bio oil, some French cream recommended by Trinny and Susannah as "the cream to use if you want to avoid stretch marks" hmm and mama mio - and cocoa butter. I slathered it all on religiously and didn't get any until at 34 weeks one appeared, then a week later they were all over my belly.

Other people I know didn't get a single one and didn't use anything.

Animation Fri 27-Jan-12 18:19:29

I used Body Shop brand Cocoa Butter and didn't get stretch marks.

Might have been the cream.

Kaekae Fri 27-Jan-12 18:30:20

I used pure vitamin E oil every night of my pregnancy, have had two children and not one strechmark! Not sure if it was the oil or not as my mother and sister both were lucky and didn't get any either. The oil does feel lovely though so worth a shot.

MushroomMagee Fri 27-Jan-12 19:06:53

I think a lot of it is genetic from what I've read. My mum got a lot of them as did everyone else in my family, and I was really upset about the idea of getting that many. I was obsessive about putting on bio-oil / cocoa butter every day, twice a day grin I hardly got any, a couple on each side that appeared 2 days before DD was born!

This time I did a bit of research, and it seems that only one, called "trofolastin" has any scientific evidence backing up its claims of preventing stretch marks. The other one that seems to have fairly good reviews is Revitol.

At the end of the day, you don't really know whether or not you'll get them, but I know if I had and not tried everything I could to prevent it, then I would have been really upset.

yeahyeahitsallmyfault Fri 27-Jan-12 19:38:51

put weight on STEADILY and evenly and with healthy food and you'll be doing the most you possibly can to avoid them, after that it's genetics.

craigslittleangel Fri 27-Jan-12 19:47:02

Lotti, yep me to! Back of legs and thighs - thanks puberty.

As such, I used Bert's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter during my pregnancy. I was lucky enough to be given half a tub by a friend as its not cheep (£10 for 185g). Not one stretch mark decorated my tummy.

I did use bio oil, but it got a bit messy for me. Although it may be a skin deep thing, it worked for me.

Now off to buy some more.

MagnumIcecreamAddict Fri 27-Jan-12 19:52:20

When it comes down to it I guess you have to just choose and not regret it. If I'd not tried a cream and got stretch marks I would have regretted not trying, but I did use one and will never know if I would have got them without.

I used mamma mio with my DS and went to 42 weeks with no marks at all. If nothing else it smelled gorgeous and felt very pampering. Also reduced the itch.

I got awful stretch marks at puberty so assumed I'd get them in pregnancy. Interestingly it's much less likely to get stretch marks if yu're an older mum.

If you go with mamma mio, do get the oil as well as the butter, it really reduces the amount you need and will end up saving you money in the long run.

Nonpatentedstetchmarkmiracle Fri 27-Jan-12 20:30:24

Ok, name changed for this cos I don't want a load of abuse for suggesting that this is 100% or anything...but...

I know a bit about science/dermatology and decided with my first pregnancy that I'd put some if this knowledge to use. It worked -I have absolutely no abdominal pregnancy stretchmarks.

Basically stretchmarks are related to what kind of collagen you have. Your type is gentically determined. Some collagen forms a pretty regular cross hatch pattern, nice and tight and dense. If you have this type you are much less likely to get stretchmarks and your skin probably doesnt get particularly cellulite-y when you get fat. With minimal care your skin looks good, basically. The other main type is a bit haphazard, less regular and more prone to stretchmarks and full on cellulite. The majority of caucasians have this latter type.

I have the latter type and have been very sensitive to the effects of female hormones. From puberty I developed stretchmarks all over my boobs, hips, thighs and even my bloody calves. As a result I can't go tightless in the summer and hate being seen in a swimming cossie, even though I'm a pretty average size 12. Knowing my mum and sisters are all the same and added a big stretch marky tummy pouch to the package with their pregancies I decided to make an attempt to see if I could possibly avoid this. After all, I'd need to rub some sort of moisturising lotion in, why not something that gave me the best chance of avoiding.

So, knowing a bit about collagen and the vitamins need to support it I decided on a regime of pure Vitamin C serum, pure Vitamin E serum plus collagen gel. I found three separate products (all available from QVC and a few other online shops - I used Alpha H vitamin serums and a SBC Collagen gel). Every morning and night I rubbed a couple of drops of each serum into my tummy, brushed my teeth and then rubbed in the collagen gel. That was it -I got no stretchmarks on my tummy.

The punch line is that I didnt rub it in anywhere else and got new stretchmarks on my boobs, bum, hips and thighs. Stupid me.

I don't claim to know anything about the safety of using vitamin serums in pregnancy. I could find no warnings against any except Vitamin A which wasn't one I thought would be useful anyway. Vitamin E has been used in skincreams for a long time and we tend to excrete any excess Vitamin C in pee. I wouldnt think it would get anywhere beyond the skin anyway. But the bottom line is I did my own research and if you wanted to do this you should too either by checking with the manufacturer or your health care professional smile

Nonpatentedstetchmarkmiracle Fri 27-Jan-12 20:34:39

Incidentally Bio-oil has Vitamin E in it and might be why it is felt to work so well.

DarkMatter Fri 27-Jan-12 20:36:07

I've been using Neal's Yard anti-stretchmark stuff for the first time (3rd pregnancy) and I'm impressed so far. My tummy is still very moisturised at bedtime when I apply it in the morning and it only has a few ingredients compared to mammoth lists on other products. e.g. Palmers has these lovelies in it: Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, which is a shame as I love how it smells of lychees!

Have prev used Bio Oil and Palmers, and got stretchmarks both times, but only in the last 2 weeks of pregnancy. No new stretchmarks yet, but I'm only 5.5 months... can you get stretchmarks on top of stretchmarks?!

Neuehausfrau Fri 27-Jan-12 20:38:23

My mum had 4 dc and doesnt have a single strechmark, i on the otherhand am covered after my ds, boobs, tummy, hips, thighs, even one on my calf! have been told its because i ate like a pig when preggers...

carolinemoon Fri 27-Jan-12 22:00:44

I got terrible stretch marks all up my thighs in puberty (grew very quickly) and was dreading what might happen to my belly when pregnant. However, like others I read that the creams can't penetrate to the layer of skin where stretch marks form and resigned myself to what I thought was my fate.

The result? Two DCs later I don't have a single stretch mark on my stomach and didn't waste any money on fancy creams. I'm no spring chicken either, and have seen plenty of stripy bumps on "teenage and pregnant" type shows so not so sure that age is a factor.

But if you like the creams (and can afford them!) then no harm in using them

turbulenteddy Fri 27-Jan-12 22:17:19

I wonder if anyone over 35 gets them?

I got stretchmarks on bum, thighs and calfs during teenage years, a couple of years after periods started. I guess I must have put on a bit of weight suddenly. So, I assumed I'd get them during pregnancy.

I didn't, but I was 39 when I got pregnant, so I have also wondered if age makes a difference. I went to 42 weeks too, and was expecting them to appear every day in the last weeks.

I was using every nice natural oil I could get my hands on, taking the most expensive vitamin and oil supplements I could find, and had 10 years of yoga strengthening of my abdominal core behind me. Who knows if any of those things made a difference.

dementedma Fri 27-Jan-12 22:18:50

cocoa butter and vitamin e oil and no stretchmarks on belly after 3 DCs.
got a few faint silvery ones on thighs and boobs but hardly noticeable. Am always really shocked at the vivid tiger-stripe ones in documentaries or glimpsed at gyms or swimming pools. maybe I was just lucky.

moregranny Fri 27-Jan-12 22:20:36

Being a very caring mum and suffering really bad strech marks myself I gave my daughter mama mio for boobs and tummy as soon as I knew my beautiful grandaughter was due, 7 weeks, unfortunately it did not seem to help at all, I think it is all down to genetics, but once you have your beautiful baby you won't care about the damage they inflicted smile

ayearoverdue Fri 27-Jan-12 22:23:57

I had no stretch marks until 37 weeks then they started creeping up my tummy, by 42 weeks my tummy was covered. I did use a variety of creams during the pregnancy and didn't have any sudden weight gain. I think it's a mix of genetics and luck.

Indaba Fri 27-Jan-12 22:28:34

my GP was adamant that stretch marks start internally...nothing to do with outer epidermis

like celluite creams...all rubbish

33goingon64 Fri 27-Jan-12 22:39:58

I was very lucky and got through having DS with no stretch marks at all on my tummy and the ones on my boobs seem to have gone now (a year later). Might not be so lucky next time. Oh, I didn't use any creams btw.

vanfurgston Sat 28-Jan-12 00:05:25

Not pregnant or ever been but jst to add to the genetics thingy, I have had stretchmarks since I was 12 yrs old shock, so definitely genetics.

molly3478 Sat 28-Jan-12 00:15:09

I was 23 with DC1 and am now 31 weeks pregnant with DC2 at nearly 28. I havent got any but I dont really get big only a bump, also didnt get any as a teenager but was always slim so I think that is more to do with it. I havent used any creams at all.

I ate beautifully (everything fresh, beautiful and bursting with vitamins), avoided caffeine, kept well hydrated, and used bio-oil as well as various body butter and moisturisers. i also take every vitamin and mineral imaginable. i swam, daily, throughout pregnancy. one day, they just appeared. i don't honestly think this is something we can control....

lottiegb Sat 28-Jan-12 07:46:56

Molly, being slim as a pre-teen and teenager didn't stop me from getting stretch marks at puberty. Changing body shape and being fat are not the same thing. One more vote for genetics.

molly3478 Sat 28-Jan-12 07:53:16

I dont know if it plays some part as I am only 7 stone normal weight at 5foot 3. I am also 7 months pregnant and only weigh 8 stone 9 at nearly age 28 so I thought with me it makes a difference, not sure though. Do think it might be genetics as well as I am naturally very small built.

lottiegb Sat 28-Jan-12 08:09:53

I think it's about what sort of skin you have, not size or weight. I also scar easily and retain thicker scars than other people (there's a term for that which I can't now remember).

See many comments above about young, slim people gettig them, older ones not and so on - the only discernable pattern is randomness.

MrsBradleyCooper Sat 28-Jan-12 09:37:02

I put Bio Oil on every day from the day I found out I was pg, and had no stretchmarks right up until 39 weeks - then they all appeared at the end!

I genuinely don't think anything would have stopped them tbh.

However, after the birth my husband very kindly bought me a tube of Strivectin (I asked for it - he's not that insensitive!), and I really cannot recommend it highly enough. It reduced so much of the redness and helped to sort of plump out the "grooves".

It's only a treatment for existing stretchmarks though.

MrsBradleyCooper Sat 28-Jan-12 09:41:35


Warning: It's not cheap!

catinboots Sat 28-Jan-12 12:41:37

ANother vote for Strivectin for damage control.

I used it on horrendous stretch marks and can't believe the results.

ShaysLou Sat 28-Jan-12 13:54:36

I used to work with a big cosmetics company and have read quite a bit if research into stretchmark creams. No cream claims to prevent them, to be honest no one cream is really better than the other in terms of prevention.

For reducing the apperance of them, one you have got them, some creams do have their merits however.

The best way to avoid getting SMs is to drink a lot of water, skin needs to be hydrated inside and out. Avoid caffeine.
Use a moisturiser daily (to be honest any rich oil or cream will do, the cheap ones are just as good as the expensive ones providing they are not watered down). Make sure you massage the creams / oils in well.
Eat avocado, nuts and natural oils. These will all nourish the skin from the inside.

I gave this advice to my sister prior to her pregnancies and followed it with mine, and between us neither of us has a single stretchmark.

However genetics does have a lot to do with it too!

pluckingupcourage Sat 28-Jan-12 14:03:07

I think that strivectin and retin-A can help to improve stretchmarks after pregnancy, and perhaps also laser therapy? One day when I can afford them I'll have a go.

CountessOlenska Sat 28-Jan-12 14:07:37

I was quite old and had a giant baby; no stretchmarks smile

I used Mamma Mio products and found them lovely. No idea if worked or not, but they made me happy.

kittycartier Sat 28-Jan-12 16:32:26

I used Clarins Body Treatment Tonic oil and didn't get any stretchmarks (and I was HUGE!). Could've been due to the oil and would use it if I was pregnant a second time, but unsure if that's the reason I didn't get any.

Think if you're going to get them then then cream/oil etc just keeps the skin in better condition.

Flow77 Sat 28-Jan-12 18:08:50

I absolutely adore Kimberly Parry's Belly Butter .
It's fully organic (USDA certified) and smells so delicious I almost want to eat it smile

I didn't think it was for sale in Europe but actually found it after a long struggle at amazingy.com

pilates Sat 28-Jan-12 18:09:50

I used wheatgerm oil and so did both my friends and we never had stretch marks. You used to be able to get it from the Body Shop not sure if you still can, quite cheap too.

MrsLister Sat 28-Jan-12 18:37:40

I've been using Palmers Cocoa Butter every day for about 15 years and am going to carry on doing so throughout pregnancy. I have a few silvery stretch marks on my hips from putting on/losing/putting on weight in my teens/twenties but nothing too bad.

My stomach is already bloody massive (I carry my weight there) so won't have to do that much stretching!! sob

NotMostPeople Sat 28-Jan-12 19:25:32

Clarins huille oil , I used it for all of my pregnancies, including for the younger two who are eleven months apart and I have no stretch marks. I still buy it every now and then as the fab smell reminds me of them being babies.

moaninlisa Sat 28-Jan-12 19:48:47

I have some on my thighs from my teenage growth spurt.
So fully expected to get them with pregnancy
Slathered on Palmers cocoa butter twice a day also drank loads of water
Went from 8st 7 to 11st 3 at the end
But not a stretch mark in sight
Worth a try...it's reasonably cheap too.

OneLittleChicken Sat 28-Jan-12 20:15:52

I asked a dermatologist once while I was in hospital having a mole removed, he said he had been debating that very week with his colleagues whether cream/oil can prevent stretch marks and none of them knew for sure... I used it religiously on my stomach with all three pregnancies and had no stretch marks. I forgot to put it on my boobs during my first pregnancy though and got some horrible ones!

Masalamama Sat 28-Jan-12 20:55:12

Funnily enough stretch marks are what I was most worried about when I first found out I was pregnant, of all the things blush. I have a ton of stretch marks on my arse and I figured, they'd show up on my thighs, and stomach too. Tons of research later, I opted for unrefined, organic shea butter from a website called She by Nature or something. The commercial stuff is basically sapped out of its benefits, but the natural stuff mimics the skin elasticity. Two babies later - no stretchmarks and I buy the stuff for all my friends who get preggers.

I have no stretch marks after two pregnancies and I used nothing. I am hoping it's been said before but the damage is done deep - a long way under the layers of skin that creams could affect. Creams can prevent moisture escaping from dry skin but they don't put anything in, other than into the very top mostly dead layers.

Golgafrincham Sat 28-Jan-12 22:42:05

I had my first DC last June, and I'm no spring chicken. My mum had stretch marks on her tum, boobs and thighs from her pregnancies, so with this info and my age taken into account, I'd assumed I was likely to as well. I used plain old olive oil until I was eight months PG, then used the Covent Garden stretch mark oil that was in a gift pack I got from someone. Didn't get any stretch marks and saved a considerable sum by not buying Bio Oil (I spent this on rasberry ripple ice cream instead grin).

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Meglet Sat 28-Jan-12 22:55:22

I think genetics plays a part. Neither my mum or either of my grandmothers had stretchmarks. I didn't get any at all, although my DC's came out at 37 weeks and 39 weeks, may have been different if I'd gone overdue.

Whilst I put on almost 3 stone during both my pregnancies I did use bio-oil, drink loads of water and eat plenty of olive oil, nuts, salads etc. Mind you, I did sunbathe quite a bit too but my stomach still looks ok.

ItsOkItsJustMyBreath Sun 29-Jan-12 15:07:27

My doctor told me during an examination of my bump at about 26 weeks that I was lucky because I had the type of skin that meant I wouldn't get any, I thought he was just being nice but it was true.
I used bio oil and now cannot bear the smell of it, yuk! I think it really is a genetic thing unfortunately.

Congrats and enjoy your bump whatever happens smile

Loboo Tue 13-Mar-12 21:46:55

I have always suffered stretch marks through my teens and pregnancies. During my third pregnancy I have been taking Pregnacare fish oil every day and have seen a huge difference in my skin. I've never eaten fish or supplemented before, so this led me to wonder whether fish oil can help prevent stretch marks and I found this website:


I am definitely going to try this as my stretch marks have got worse each pregnancy. I've tried mamma mio, bio oil, palmers etc... so hoping internal treatment might help??

Midgetm Tue 13-Mar-12 21:54:57

I has sm's before when I lost weight so def prone to them but used bio and palmers with DD and didn't get a single new one.

confuzed90 Wed 14-Mar-12 08:34:09

I believe they make a difference..with my first I hardly used them..mustve only been a couple of times..I got them. When I'm pregnant my weight gain seems to be my legs and bum. So I have them quite bad on my legs top and calves, which was from my first pregnancy they have now near enough gone. I felt confident wearing hotpants and what not! Couldn't see them.Lol.I'm now 34 weeks into my second and have been using bio-oil and cocoa butter as well as dove moisturiser near enough everyday and voila NO NEW marks :D and my old ones haven't gone red or anything from stretching..still have time though so fingers are crossed!

Hpbp Wed 14-Mar-12 08:58:56

Sweet almond oil, cheap, smell lovely and works....
Enjoy your bump

pamperedtobits Fri 28-Dec-12 17:32:41

Waste of money - cocoa butter, bio oil.
Well worth the money - mummies with tummies oil, skinception argan oil

I am having my third baby and am desperate to avoid more stretch marks. Stupidly I used bio-oil and cocoa butter for the first two pregnancies. I currently use mummies with tummies due to it being cheaper than skinception. It also slightly edges it out since it is not as greasy and has a nicer aroma. Both are excellent though and I would strongly recommend any one of them if you want to avoid stretch marks.

leannac Fri 28-Dec-12 19:53:57

I'd say waste of money. I religiously lathered on bio oil in my 1st pregnancy & was very pleased as a result I didn't get any stretch Marks. I'm now 32wks with 2nd, have only put any kind of lotion or oil on once in past 32 weeks & not a stretch mark in sight. Plus I'm HUGE. I think it must be just genetics. As must the fact that my arse immediately doubles in size the second I am pregnant!

Looandoscar Tue 05-Feb-13 07:17:13

I think some people just get them and others don't. My friend bought me a pregnancy oil from a brand called Neom, and I used it all the time, i thought it was fab. It worked for me and smelt lovely - highly recommend it. Think it was called Cocoon oil but they do other ones too which I fancy trying.

Using cocoa butter once or twice a day, now huge at 35 weeks and got no stretch marks in sight! Good for me as I already had a few previous stretch marks from when I lost lots of weight as a teenager, so knew I was prone to them.

Still got a few weeks to go til I can be sure though!!

Oh, also OP - don't forget to cream your bum!! My mum never did hers, thinking it was unaffected, and it's the only place she got them post pregnancy!!

redandyellowandpinkandgreen Tue 05-Feb-13 10:43:14

I got none which may have been luck but I used Burt Bees mama bee oil and I'm going to buy it again this time. I also ate a lot of nuts and seeds and oily fish and I think that may be the key.

sundaesundae Tue 05-Feb-13 10:58:05

I'm using nothing, not even moisturising and don't eat fish, I have none yet, 33+4

catladycourtney1 Tue 05-Feb-13 11:14:03

Based on a vague knowledge of how bodies work, I would say that no cream or oil will prevent stretch marks if you're genetically pre-disposed to get them, and so if your close relatives have them, spending loads of money on lotions and potions will be a waste of money. However, using a good-quality moisturiser certainly can't hurt, and will help with the itchiness and dryness.

Your best bet is to drink lots and lots of water, and to eat plenty of vitamin and mineral-rich foods and healthy fats. But bear in mind that this will work better if you've been doing it all your life, rather than starting during pregnancy, and it also won't prevent them completely in everyone. Some people will get them no matter what they do, and some people never get them at all.

It's also worth mentioning that if you already have them, you're likely to get more (because the skin in that area is already stretched past its limit), and things like being overweight can make them more likely, because your skin is already stretched more than that of someone who isn't.

Ivvu6 Tue 05-Feb-13 16:32:43

I´m 38 weeks and have been using Palmer Strech Mark cream in the mornings and Boots own Stretch Mark Oli in the evenings. Its much cheaper than bio oil and does the same job( got no stretch marks yet)

frankiepoppet Fri 15-Mar-13 15:37:01

Unfortunately, it doesn't really matter if no woman ever in your family had stretch marks during pregnancy. It's your body that determines it.

My mum didn't have a single stretch mark during all three of her pregnancies and didn't use a drop of cream or oil (bare in mind her youngest is 20 yrs old and oldest is 26 yrs old so all these potions weren't around then)
However, I am 31weeks pregnant and only just started getting stretch marks and I use cream and oils everyday. I also don't really have a huge bump, it is small and round and I haven't put on any weight.

It is just one of those things. I will continue to use cream and oils for the rest of my pregnancy to minimise the amount of stretch marks but you just have to accept that it is highly likely you will develop stretch marks probably in the last half of your pregnancy.

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comfyonesie2 Tue 08-Oct-13 14:15:04

Someone told me exfoliating can help as it helps to stimulate collagen production. I scrub daily with one of those rough sponge-things & use Palmers cream. Worked in my 2 previous pregnancies so fingers crossed this time too! Probably there is a genetic factor, but I got stretch marks on my hips, boobsand legs during puberty, so I like to think I'm doing something right to avoid them in pregnancy grin

Solasum Tue 08-Oct-13 14:51:09

Just to say that Primark (at least both the ones I have been to in London) had loads of BioOil last weekend around the till and in the random bits section (where they have water bottles, gloves etc.) for only £6 for 200ml.

Worth a try if you are a fan and don't want to pay the RRP of £20.

BurbGirl2013 Tue 08-Oct-13 15:14:14

Cowshed- Udderly Gorgeous Stretchmark balm in big round pot.

Amazing!! Am 32 weeks and it will last me despite lathering it on every night. So far- massive bump & not 1 stretch mark. Its gorgeous texture and smells amazing...as my mums says- people say creams might not work but it's like oiling old leather, it can only help keep it taut & smooth!

If a friend gets pg will def buy this as a gift.

Bodicea Tue 08-Oct-13 17:04:39

I used bio oil at first but then fell in love with the mamamio tummy rub oil. It smells an feels lovely and I did get a comment off the midwife on my "lovely skin" which is stretch mark free at 35 weeks - it does feel nice and soft which considering I get excema is an achievement.
I also take fish oils every day - efalex, mum omega or pregnacare - whatever is on offer and think that that could be a factor in it too.

Cariad007 Tue 08-Oct-13 17:53:58

I've read that if you're going to get stretch marks you're going to get them, and all the creams and oils in the world won't help. Having said that, I'm still willing to try a few preventative measures! I've just been sticking with Palmer's Cocoa Butter. They also market a special stretch mark cream but I've had a look at the ingredient list on that and it isn't any different to their regular cocoa butter lotion, although twice the price!

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