Is this possible to avoid? I'm bulking fast and I don't want to get stretch marks so I figure bulk slowly to let my skin stretch slowly. Does this make sense?
There are a few topicals out there to get rid of/mask the appearance of stretch marks. Cant remember the names off hand though....
They don't work. I think the only way to get rid of them is laser treatment.
i was working out for spring break and got bad stretch marks on the front of my shoulders. as soon as i hit the beach and got tan... they went away, ....very odd
A tan masks stretch marks somewhat, but they are still there.
Surgery to cut away the skin, or lasers may remove them, but very very expensive.
Well, after my last bulk I got stretch marks somethin aweful. I heard cocoa butter and/or shea butter on the areas most likely to stretch pre-workout, and before bed really helps, so I'll see how it works with my current bulk.
Feedback is excellent, and effective at clearing up stretch marks
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I don't think stretching would really help, because you're just stretching the muscles and joints by positioning. The skin is stretching because theres more mass under there than there was before, and the skin basically scars from almost breaking. (crude example, but close I believe)
I remember reading that regardless of preventative lotions and creams, that stretch marks can occur as a result of a mineral deficiency. Also, I've read that they can be genetic. I don't have any sources to back this up however, I just remember it from past readings.
As far as post stretch mark therapy, I know lasers generally don't work. They are supposed to be more effective on "fresh" stretch marks (new, pinkish) and less effective on ones that have "healed" (after they turn white). When I was having a laser tattoo session at a laser surgeons office, I asked if they could hit a couple stretch marks with the laser (different laser than for tattoo removal). I just wanted to test it, so it was a smaller one (on bicep). It didn't even lessen it.
On the other hand, I've heard the Flawless cream from NutraPlanet has yielded good results. I've tried the Java Soap, and it may work for stretch marks, but it seemed to go really fast. In the small time I used it, I didn't notice anything (however it wasn't that long).
*Note* - Keep Java Bar Soap out of the soap dish and out of water. Big 'Duh' on my part.
I think flawless and Java Soap is your best bet for fading them. Also, if you get a tan at the same time, they'll be wayy harder to notice.