What is the best creams/oils for reducing stretch marks?

Jasmine - posted on 11/11/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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If anyone could help me with the best creams or oils to reduce stretch marks during pregnancy what are the best to use? :)

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Caroline - posted on 11/16/2010

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unfortunately there is no sure way to prevent them, but there are things you can do to help minimize them IF they do appear. I'm expecting my 2nd and with my first I tried EVERYTHING... bio oil, cocoa butter lotion, drinking water by the gallons, gaining weight slowly and was doing fantastic up until the last month. I ended up having a 9 lb. 1 oz. baby and there was just nothing I could do to escape the dreaded markings... my mommy battle scars as I call them now :) They are faint and when I have a tan you can barely see them at all...
Majority of it has to do with genetics... if your mom got them, then most likely you will too. But just stay hydrated, EXFOLIATE once a week... rub your belly, inner thighs (I got my worst stretch marks there), hips and your "love handle" area with sugar while in the shower in a circular motion... it gets rid of the dead skin cells making your skin look radiant and also promotes blood-flow to the skin which helps with elasticity. And most of all... while your skin is still moist from the shower rub on any of your favorite "preventative" creams/oils. Good luck to you and your little bean! :)
*Sorry this is so long!! lol*

Crystal - posted on 06/24/2013

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I've been using a product called Striae-Eraze which i bought online from an australian website www.modernskincareaustralia.com.au. I started using it 5 weeks ago and I can really see an improvent. I wish I knew about Striae-Eraze during my pregnancy so that i could have saved myself some new stretch marks. I've had stretch marks since highschool from a lot of wight gain and just had my baby girl 8 weeks ago and got even more. I was sooo depressed when I first noticed my new ones. Striae-Eraze really works!
The redness of my stretch marks is gone and now i am noticing the depth improving too. It works even better than Strivectin.

Dora - posted on 11/18/2010

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I hate to say it but Caroline is 100% correct. Most of it is genetic. I would still recommend the oils and drinking plenty of water because who knows maybe it really does work and science hasn't discovered it yet. Also don't forget to put oils/lotions on your breasts. Many women get stretch marks on them because they just swell and keep on swelling LOL. Give everything a try. I have to say I used Neutrogena Sesame Oil throughout my entire pregnancy and luckily I didn't get 1 stretch mark and my belly was huge. Good luck :)

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PROMISE - posted on 11/20/2013

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i used celltone and bio oil but its not working for me ,what else can i use please and they getting worse now they developing even on my arm

Tamara - posted on 07/07/2013

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Use spoiled mama's stretch mark butter called tummy butter and bump gloss stretch mark oil with each pregnancy. It is kinda pricey but U can google a coupon and get 10% off and free shipping.

Miranda - posted on 04/13/2013

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I had really hard pregnancy because I was carrying twins and gain so much weight and tried many stretch marks creams that promise to reduce stretch marks. I think by the time I gave birth I tried almost of them and I still got some stretch marks but I wished I only stuck to the one that my holistic doctor told me about. Bio Oil made me so itchy and Belli had ingredients that didn't sound any special, so I tried Mambino Organic belly butter and i just loved the feel after I put it on. Its very comforting and soothing to the skin. I am not sure if it made big difference or because I lost most of my pregnancy fat, but i don't have any stretch marks any more, only little saggy belly because i was way to big. So if it help me it would help other pregnant women who normally carry juts one baby. I know it worked for me. Good Luck , its something no one really wants, its better to use something then nothing :-)

Sharon - posted on 10/02/2012

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Jasmine, I used a product called Belli! It doesn't get rid of stretch marks, it just helps minimize their appearance. Even after I had my girls, I continued to use it. It's FANTASTIC stuff! I get mine at Babies R Us. Check out their website wwwbelliskincare.com. I hope this helps, let me know!!!!!

Shaunalee - posted on 10/01/2012

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Am having some very bad stretch marks n my tummy since i reach 7 months pregnant and over i used olive oil twice a day but not seeing no improvememt does any one think when i have baby i will see changes

Chelsea - posted on 09/10/2012

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I tried three products: Avon's Mommy Tillia Lotion (a gift from my friend), Palmer's Cocoa Butter Massage Stretch Mark Cream, and Bio-Oil. I loved the Cocoa Butter Massage Cream best! I didn't care for the smell of the Mommy Tillia Cream and the Bio-Oil made my tummy break out a little with small pimples. The Cocoa Butter massage cream goes on so smoothly and feels so hydrating. It feels good when massaging it into the skin. Great thing is it's inexpensive and everytime I did buy it, I got it on sale! Definitely treat yourself to a message, it helps with discomfort and it makes for good bonding time with baby. I use it liberally after my shower and it lasts all day.



I really would say stretch marks are largely genetic. For me, I have stretch marks on my hips/side of butt but none whatsoever on my tummy! And it's my tummy that grew the most! But I put it everywhere just incase it helps!

User - posted on 09/09/2012

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Cocoa butter or Shea butter are excellent. But it really doesn't matter, as long as you rub any type of moisturizer daily, it should do the trick. Always best after shower or bath....

Marisa - posted on 08/20/2012

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I would suggest basq's Advanced Stretch Mark Cream and Illipe Butter!!

Maria - posted on 08/12/2012

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I feel like I have tried them all. Coco butter and Vit E seem to be pretty good. But I used this stuff called Yume Blush (you can find it online) that a friend told me about. It sounded a little to good to be true but let me tell you, it is Amazing! I only had to put it on once a day and it wasn't greasy, I even used it for breastfeeding... I love the fact that it's 100% natural, is edible and tastes yummy! It has rare ingredients that I haven't seen before...which made my belly so smooth and soft, I actually think the fact that it was edible ecouraged my husband to give me more belly massages than ever before :) Massage is a huge part of not getting stretch marks. It's also super concentrated so you don't need very much. I just can't say enough about it.

User - posted on 07/25/2012

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vitamin E capsules are the best thing you just pierce the capsule and mix with a teaspoon of olive oil and put on stretch marks, or if you can find pure vitamin E oil it does the same thing! Vitamin E is what makes the skin stretch and bounce back so the more you use the better for your skin =] it is also cheaper and doesn't have any nasty chemicals or fragrance, hope this helps!

Ana - posted on 06/27/2012

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I did try lotions, a whole heap of them, they mostly made me sick of their smell. Then Bio oil, which didn't really work for me in the hot Florida weather, along with my dry skin, then I tried cocoa butter which was ok, but I didn't get stretch marks till month 7, and it was by accident. I was tired one day and my belly was itching and I started to scratch it.. seconds later I realized what I just did... but they are not that bad.. can barely tell once I lost all my baby weight..

Ana - posted on 06/27/2012

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For a person with dry skin like me... coconut oil...butters dry up on me and so do thinner oils..

Natashajcarter - posted on 05/24/2012

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I can confidently say that it does not matter what cream you use for your skin. Obviously while you're pregnant check that it is safe to use but it is actually the massaging that gets rid of the stretchmarks not the creams like they tell you.
I am a qualified masseus. Hope this helps. ;)

Erika - posted on 11/23/2010

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The one thing I would say is that starting early and taking real good care of your skin will help greatly but don't be disappointed if you still get some. I thought I was doing great until I hit the 30 week mark and found some, they will fade eventually but the better care you take of your skin the better chance you have of not getting stretchmarks. I like the idea someone had of melting cocoa butter and almond oil and mixing them, sounds like it might work. Also don't scratch when it gets itchy, I rub a cocoa butter stick on my belly and the friction from it feels good, cause scratching might cause more stretchmarks. And make sure you rub the lotion on the skin, just putting oil or lotion on it doesn't do the trick, massaging it in is what helps the most.

Jaclyn - posted on 11/22/2010

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Drink water and keep your skin moisturized! If your Mom is covered in stretch marks, you likely will be too. I got them on my stomach with my first, I hope they don't get worse with the 2nd that I am pregnant with now!

Bridget - posted on 11/19/2010

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There isnt anything you can do to prevent them, if you are going to get them you are going to get them, but you can use stuff to minimize them. I lost weight during my pregnancy with my daughter, which is also happening with my current pregnancy. My stomach was COVERED in stretch marks with my daughter- I used Palmers Tummy Butter, Bio Oil, and plain old Vitamin E oil. Now with my 2nd, despite using the Bio Oil again, the stretch marks are growing. Between pregnancies I used the Vitamin E oil and the redness lessened quite a bit. My husband had his appendix out, and after using the Vitamin E oil for just 6 months, twice a day, you can barely even see the scar, even if you are looking for it. If you dont know its there you would never notice it.

Danielle - posted on 11/19/2010

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Something else I did to help prevent stretch marks was to not use any soaps on my tummy when bathing. Soaps can be very drying to your skin giving the opposit affect you want! I also believe your body produces natural oils to help your skin stretch.

Jasmine - posted on 11/15/2010

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Hehe I will go get that :) I have palmers coco lotion but I like that sound of butter :) I also have bio oil too soo I drink lots of water and fruit use coco butter twice a day and I will use some bio oil too :) hopefully it works :D Ox thank you

Erin - posted on 11/15/2010

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I used Palmers Cocoa Butter, but I used the body butter not the lotion. Its a little thicker and some people don't like it but it made me feel like I was being moisterized longer than 5 minutes. I would start using it now, put it from your boobs down to your thighs! My friend has stretch marks underneath her butt cheeks which I didn't know you could get them there lol... but I put on the body butter two times a day and didn't get any stretch marks with either of my kids! Plus if the dad is in the picture you can always ask him to rub it on for you, my boyfriend used to love giving me massages, and it served two purposes :)

Kris - posted on 11/14/2010

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Water helps keep your skin elastic-y and healthy, and keeps bubs healthy too!



Also yes, as soon as you can. Fruits keeps your body healthy, and it is true that if your healthy on the inside your healthy on the outside! :)

Alexa - posted on 11/13/2010

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Yes start now! I started at 5 weeks. Build up the elastin and oils in your skin. And make sure you do your hips, thighs like Danielle said. Also, some women get them on their lower back as well especially if they have a small frame. But yeah tons of water! If you get vitamin e capsules (in the vitamin section) you break them open and rub the vitamin e on and that also works awesomely! Good luck!

Danielle - posted on 11/12/2010

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Don't forget your bum and thighs! The only place I didn't use lotion and they are covered with stretch marks :( And yes, start as early as possibly!

Jasmine - posted on 11/12/2010

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OHMYGOSHH!!! that is such a great idea!!! so I drink HEAAAPPPSSS of water? I am only about 9 weeks now so do I start now ? Ox

Alexa - posted on 11/11/2010

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So I am now 5 days over due and I have minimal stretch marks only on my hips! And I am huuuge. I went from 145 lbs to 213 lbs, all belly! I used a lot of different creams as I figured one of them has to work. I used bio oil, Palmers Tummy Butter, Carrotte Stretch Mark Cream, and organic Belly Butter that looks like a deodorant, and I went to a body shop store and bought 100% natural cooking grade coa coa butter and some almond oil and melted them together then let it harden into a puck and you rub it on your tummy.

Lol I know it sounds like a lot but I reeeaaally didnt want stretch marks. I found that the bio oil and the one where you melt coa coa butter and almond oil were the best to use on the hips/belly, and the Carrotte one (which was more like a lotion) was best for your breasts as they grow alllot. The only downside to Bio Oil is it is veeerrry oily and I hated how it felt and smelled.

And last but not least, start using it immediately! And drink crazy amounts of water as the more hydrated you are the more hydrated your skin is!

Jasmine - posted on 11/11/2010

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Ooohhhhh thank you!!! I have got bio oil and coco butter now hehe :) thank u for the great advise :) thank goodness for the pharmacy across the road haha. when should I start applying it :)? Ox

Kris - posted on 11/11/2010

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I would suggest Bio oil, this is my first bubs and I asked my mother (also a member and mother of 4) and her recommendation is definitely Bio oil, or creams with cocoa butter, such as Vaseline dry skin lotion. :)

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