Do stretchmarks ever go away?

Marcy - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 111 moms have responded )

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I just want to know because I just started getting in my 3rd trimester (which I'm still in) and I put coco butter on it everyday and it doesn't seem to be working much. In time do they start to fade?

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Rachel - posted on 07/13/2009

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I got stretch marks really bad with my daughter, She is now 19months and they have faded A lot but you can still see them. I started tanning and they seem to be blending in but I don't think they ever go away... unfortunently... I wish...

Danielle - posted on 07/13/2009

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Go to the store like walgreens....buy Vitman E pills...when you get home open the gel tab and rub it on your stretch marks and eventually they will go away...it worked for me!

Hillary - posted on 07/13/2009

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i put coco butter on day and night and still got them. my son is already 4 and you can still see mine but they are very light.they have faded drasticly over time but will never go away :(

Kacey - posted on 07/13/2009

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they will fade but never go away. try putting mederma on them as soon as you have the baby. it will make them fade more than just leaving them alone, but nothing will ever make them completely disappear

Sabrina - posted on 07/13/2009

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The thing that sucks about stretch marks is that they are genetic, so if you are gunna get them....youre gunna get them. I tried Coco butter and coco butter oil, that lightened them up a lot. I did not get mine until I was about 32 weeks and it was just 2 red marks about 1 inch long on both sides of my hips....my son is now 7 months and you can almost not even see them. After time, they will lighten up to a silver or skin tone, they will always be there, but eventually you wont see them unless you look closely. I just started trying a product called BioOil....it is AMAZING!! I use it once a day and they are very light now, I almost don't even see them.....

Hope this helps!!!

Carolina - posted on 07/13/2009

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I actually dont know. Like you i didn't get any until my third trimester and i put the cocoa butter on faithfully twice a day. My son is now 7 months and they are still there. Most people say that the best way for you to know is to look at your own mother's abdomen because tht is who you will most likely take after.

Tebryia - posted on 07/13/2009

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Eventually they fade...but they never go away completely, unfortunately... Just think of them as your first mommy badge and wear them with pride! :) ;)

Krysten - posted on 07/13/2009

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I tried coco butter as well. I got strecth marks on my inner thighs, and lower stomach. I'm not that real concerned though. I plan to start excercising and I'm hoping that helps my stomach.

Hannah - posted on 07/13/2009

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Sorry to say.... they don't go away. BUT, they do fade in time. I was lucky enough not to get any on my belly, but boy, my boobs sure got some. They have since faded from purple to white, and you can barely notice them.

Charisse Rachelle - posted on 07/13/2009

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i think it's genetic coz i know a friend who doesn't have "any stretch marks!" even her mom, who bore 5 children into this world, doesn't have any marks at all and so does her sister...

Jazmine - posted on 07/13/2009

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i was told to use vitamen (sp) oil. And I read that now (after the baby) you should use skin firming cream.

Ashly - posted on 07/12/2009

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The stretchmarks that I have from just growing as child have never gone a way and have never gotten smaller. The ones I got from having my baby went away but only because I was lucky enough to lose all my baby weight and then some. When I strech my tummy up you can still see them. Sooo I would say no they do not go aways. I just say they are the true marks of being a proud mother :) I woould worry if you have some and they do no not go away because most of ALL mother have them :)

Mary - posted on 07/12/2009

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Excercise is the only way to get rid of them. Even then they might be a faint silver. But since giving birth my tummy is becoming firm again from lots of walking and the stretch marks look so much better. But I've dealt with stretch marks for over 10 years and every time I excercise they go away.

Kelly - posted on 07/12/2009

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I still have mine and my child is 12. Mine are very noticeable and I did the cocoa butter and everything.

On flip side I have a friend who has 8 kids and hardly a mark.

Temper - posted on 07/12/2009

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I can only say what mine did obviously, every woman is different. Mine have faded and are very hard to see. I have a 7 and 3 year old so it does take time and lotion!!....haha I think as long as you try to eat healthy and not scratch at them if you can help it, atleast scratch lightly! You'll be fine to get rid of them. Stretch marks are something that comes along with being blessed enough to have babies. That's their mark on you. Don't look at is as something so terrible. The one who loves you most in your life whether it's boyfriend or husband won't even care about them.

Crystal - posted on 07/12/2009

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they fade over time. you can use mederma or cocobutter. i didn't use anything and i regret it. my daughters 12 years old. i was 2 weeks over due and she weighed 10 lbs. serious stretchmarks.

Kendra - posted on 07/12/2009

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strech marks are beauty marks i know i use to be like omg i have strech marks and they are nasty but yah know what ive learned to accept them i have two kids so did i not jsut get them the first pregnancy but i also got them my second pregnancy. i wished mine would have disappeared but it doesnt and wont happen they may lighten up but remember you have a baby that represent every single strech mark and be proud of them =)

Emma - posted on 07/12/2009

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they fade but don't completely go. I too tried the cocoa butter and it didn't work for me either.

LaCi - posted on 07/12/2009

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fortunately for all of us they're working on laser therapies to rid you of stretch mark anxiety. Haven't gotten there yet... but eventually. There's a lot of money to be made in the market of stretch mark fading.

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hi marcy they do fade but dont completely go i tried cocoa butter but it didnt work very much but i tried something called bio oil and my stratch marks are hardly visable now , try it and see if it works for u , u can buy it in supermarkets or chemists , hope this helps x x

Pixie - posted on 07/11/2009

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I too got stretch marks with my first child, and they were realy nasty looking too!! I used Elizabeth Anne's stretch mark cream, and they have faded to the point that they are hardly visable anymore...But even if they didn't go away, I would have still been proud to have the "badges of motherhood" as I heard another woman say!! There are many things you can use to help avoid and lighten scars though... Vitamin E creams, vitamin E oils, and you can also use warmed olive oil (this is a great 1 to use...I am currently pregnant with my third child, and my husband rubs the warmed olive oil on my tummy, after I have gotten out of the bath at night.. I have no new stretch marks with this pregnancy!!)

Congratulations with your pregnancy!!! Due in September you say?? What date? My baby is also due in September...28th September according to my date calculations, and 17th September according to my last scan done...

All of the best with the rest of your pregnancy!!!!

Pixie...

Julie - posted on 07/11/2009

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My doctor told me I had some of the worst stretch mark he has ever seen.My son will soon be 10 and none of them have really faded.

Arwen - posted on 07/11/2009

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Unfortunately, there is no cream in the world that will prevent those or make them magically clear up. I wish! =) They will eventually fade to almost your skin color. My daughter is 18 months now, and mine are still pink, but no where near as dark as before.

Jessica - posted on 07/11/2009

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i am in exactly the same situation. i use cocoa butter where i havent gotten them, and want to prevent them. where i alreadyly have some real bad ones, i put vitamin E oil. i dont see much progress, but i guess it doesnt hurt to keep trying. like everyone else has said, they will turn from red to more of a silvery color later

Anna - posted on 07/11/2009

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Stretch marks are mostly hereditary..the creams and lotions don't help them besides making them less dry and cracked. If your mom had stretch marks then you will most likely have them too..but after the baby is born they will probably fade and won't look as red. Think of them as proof of your hard work and love to carry a child for 9 whole months!!!!!

Heather - posted on 07/11/2009

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I got really really bad stretch marks when i was preg even though i used the coco butter. I had a lot of water weight gain as well though. My son is 16 weeks old and I still have horrible stretch marks on my belly, hips, back of the knees, and my chest (from breastfeeding i think). Some have faded a little bit but most of them have not changed at all besides being scrunched up from me losing weight. Maybe urs wont get this bad but if they do and u cant get rid of them just remember it was all worth it to have your child. I dont let mine bother me anymore. Im a single mom and in my opinion, if a guy cant love me how i am then he needs to move on. Every time i see my little boy look at me and smile, i know it was all well worthwhile....stretchmarks and all.

Rachael - posted on 07/11/2009

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I still have mine (they have faded though) even though my daughter is going to 6 at the end of this year! I was never told to use anything during my pregnancy, so I have pretty big ones!

Elizabeth - posted on 07/11/2009

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No not really, they do get lighter but you will always have them. They're kinda like Tiger stripes, at least this make me feel better.

Stephanie - posted on 07/11/2009

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Use Bio-Oil....I've found that it helps and my stretch marks (which I ended up getting ALOT of) are starting to fade dramatically. A friend of mine, who had her baby last spring used it for awhile after she had her baby and you can hardly even see hers anymore :)

Kelly - posted on 07/11/2009

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Don't bother with the cocoa butter-- those stretch marks never fade.. but I call them love scars... Don't worry, the babies are well worth it!

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i have 6 stretch marks on my sides and on my navel .. i have tried everything to get rid of them!!! .Im super predisposed to them, EVERY female in my fam has them ( gee thanks mom) But i noticed self tanner makes them ALOT less noticable so i use that. Im gonna get that laser treatment done eventually, start saving for it and then i wont look like an albino zebra.....

Charlene - posted on 07/11/2009

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i didnt get any stretchmarks at all wen i was pregnant wiv my twins however they all developed after abt the first yr as i wasnt taking care of myself properly n my weight began to creep up this is when they all appeared so they dont just appear with pregnancy

Savannah - posted on 07/11/2009

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I don't think they ever go away, no. But they definitely do fade and become less noticeable.

Kathleen - posted on 07/11/2009

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also i didnt even realize i had stretch marks until after i gave birth because they were kind of under the stomach and i could see them lol!! so it was a huge shock to me

Kathleen - posted on 07/11/2009

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i got horrible stretch marks when i was pregnant and i brought this expensive oil that didnt work. i had my son about a year and a half ago and the stretchmarks are still kind of pink a few of the huge ones are still red but some have faided. a doctor did give me a prescription for a stretchmark cream but she told me it was a tiny tup and it cost around $60 so i didnt buy it.. i dont think it realy matters like you are going to have a baby its understandable to have stretchmarks lol

Candice - posted on 07/09/2009

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i used bio oil at least 2-3 times a day and it really does help reduce the stratch marks not fully but very un noticeable i also had a ceaserian (mind the spelling) and used it on my scar and it has reduced it's apperance alot

Samantha - posted on 07/09/2009

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I didn't get stretch marks until the last month of my pregnancy. My daughter is now 9 months and I have used bio oil, vitamin E pills, collagen elastin lotion and I go tanning. For me a mix of all of these have significantly helped. My stretch marks are virtually invisible now. They never fully go away but you can make it so that other people cannot see them except you.

Tara - posted on 07/09/2009

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My daughter will be six at the end of the month and mine haven't gone away... just faded.. the more I'm out in the sun, the less visible they are.

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It all depends on the pigmentation of your skin and the elasticity but my mom says olive oil works she doesn't have any and i didn't listen and i used coco butter and my stomach is riddled with it (I am not scaring u though)

Tiffany - posted on 07/09/2009

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I got them after the my first was born. I never got them with my second born. I used Merderma to lighten my marks and now you can barely see them. Like everyone else said, some fade alot as where others dont.

Stefanie - posted on 07/09/2009

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Don't worry too much about them... unless you were a bikini model before getting pregnant, it's not going to effect your life much. Clothes may fit a little different and belly shirts should be avoided, but you'll have a beautiful little blessing to think of every time you see them.

September - posted on 07/09/2009

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Stretchmarks don't go away sad to say! I found that coco butter did not do much and I switched to vitamin E which seemed to work much better.

Jessica - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Stefanie:



Quoting Jessica:

And also Bio-oil! Its fantastic! I Just started using it on some surgery scars and they have really started going down!





Scars are different from stretched/torn skin.






Between 75% and 90% of women develop stretch marks to some degree during pregnancy. The sustained hormonal levels as a result of pregnancy usually means stretch marks may appear during the sixth or seventh month, primarily during the 3rd trimester, as that is when skin tends to be subjected to higher levels of stretching forces. Often, of all the factors involved in stretch mark development, the only one over which an individual can retain control is that of diet.






Only one randomized controlled study has been published which claimed to test whether oils or creams prevent the development of stretchmarks. This study found a daily application of a cream (Trofolastin) containing






Though cocoa butter is an effective moisturizer, no research studies have shown its ability to either prevent stretchmarks, or to reduce their appearance once a stretch mark has already formed.






Various treatments are available for the purpose of improving the appearance of existing stretch marks, including laser treatments, citation needed] Some cream manufacturers claim the best results are achieved on recent stretch marks; however, few studies exist to support these claims.






A study in the journal Dermatologic Surgery showed that radiofrequency combined with 585-nm pulsed dye laser treatment gave "good and very good" subjective improvement in stretch marks in 33 of 37 patients, although further studies would be required to follow up on these results. In addition, the use of a pulsed dye laser was shown to increase pigmentation in darker skinned individuals with repeated treatments.






A surgical procedure for removing lower abdominal stretch marks is the tummy tuck, which removes the skin below the navel where stretch marks frequently occur.






A new modality,















Half of that went WAY over my head! (not very good with big words me) lol but thanx for the info. Definately intrigued with the "fractional laser resurfacing" and thanx for the links! will defo be doing a bit of research on that one!

Stefanie - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

And also Bio-oil! Its fantastic! I Just started using it on some surgery scars and they have really started going down!


Scars are different from stretched/torn skin.



Between 75% and 90% of women develop stretch marks to some degree during pregnancy. The sustained hormonal levels as a result of pregnancy usually means stretch marks may appear during the sixth or seventh month, primarily during the 3rd trimester, as that is when skin tends to be subjected to higher levels of stretching forces. Often, of all the factors involved in stretch mark development, the only one over which an individual can retain control is that of diet.



Only one randomized controlled study has been published which claimed to test whether oils or creams prevent the development of stretchmarks. This study found a daily application of a cream (Trofolastin) containing



Though cocoa butter is an effective moisturizer, no research studies have shown its ability to either prevent stretchmarks, or to reduce their appearance once a stretch mark has already formed.



Various treatments are available for the purpose of improving the appearance of existing stretch marks, including laser treatments, citation needed] Some cream manufacturers claim the best results are achieved on recent stretch marks; however, few studies exist to support these claims.



A study in the journal Dermatologic Surgery showed that radiofrequency combined with 585-nm pulsed dye laser treatment gave "good and very good" subjective improvement in stretch marks in 33 of 37 patients, although further studies would be required to follow up on these results. In addition, the use of a pulsed dye laser was shown to increase pigmentation in darker skinned individuals with repeated treatments.



A surgical procedure for removing lower abdominal stretch marks is the tummy tuck, which removes the skin below the navel where stretch marks frequently occur.



A new modality,





Stefanie - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

And also Bio-oil! Its fantastic! I Just started using it on some surgery scars and they have really started going down!


Scars are different from stretched/torn skin.



Between 75% and 90% of women develop stretch marks to some degree during pregnancy. The sustained hormonal levels as a result of pregnancy usually means stretch marks may appear during the sixth or seventh month, primarily during the 3rd trimester, as that is when skin tends to be subjected to higher levels of stretching forces. Often, of all the factors involved in stretch mark development, the only one over which an individual can retain control is that of diet.



Only one randomized controlled study has been published which claimed to test whether oils or creams prevent the development of stretchmarks. This study found a daily application of a cream (Trofolastin) containing



Though cocoa butter is an effective moisturizer, no research studies have shown its ability to either prevent stretchmarks, or to reduce their appearance once a stretch mark has already formed.



Various treatments are available for the purpose of improving the appearance of existing stretch marks, including laser treatments, citation needed] Some cream manufacturers claim the best results are achieved on recent stretch marks; however, few studies exist to support these claims.



A study in the journal Dermatologic Surgery showed that radiofrequency combined with 585-nm pulsed dye laser treatment gave "good and very good" subjective improvement in stretch marks in 33 of 37 patients, although further studies would be required to follow up on these results. In addition, the use of a pulsed dye laser was shown to increase pigmentation in darker skinned individuals with repeated treatments.



A surgical procedure for removing lower abdominal stretch marks is the tummy tuck, which removes the skin below the navel where stretch marks frequently occur.



A new modality,





Charlie - posted on 07/09/2009

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apparently there is a procedure using lasers that can get rid of them .

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