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Created On: 02/24/2009 04:03 PM
 
 04/18/2013 11:14 AM

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marie33

I have to say that natural oils are still my favorite remedy for many conditions. In fact, I bought jojoba oil and love the way it acts on my skin.

Is it a perfect solution? No, but if I expect a perfect solution, I will likely be searching for some time. Still, this oil is a wonderful moisturizer for my face and body. It minimizes the appearance of minor scarring and gives my skin a healthy glow. Naturally, because it is an oil, it is oily: but it is oily in a good way. A bonus? It helps tame my hair on muggy days.

Does anyone else have a jojoba oil story, positive or negative?
 12/22/2012 07:22 PM

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Cher777

Marie, the more I read, the more I agree with your thesis. At one time, I read both doctors' reviews and patient satisfaction regarding a respective treatment. If the procedure seemed favorable, I was comfortable considering the scar or stretch mark therapy. [br][br]However, a number of people are experiencing terrible effects two to three years later with certain procedures. Some people assert the fat under their skin has diminished or become uneven. Other individuals end up with skin pitting when they never had the problem before. Gosh, it is scary!
 11/25/2012 06:44 PM

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marie33

I think natural oils are the best treatment for stretch marks. From what I understand, Retin A can be irritating and difficult to get used to. At the same time, it can encourage additional problems, like skin pitting, in certain people. [br][br]Truthfully, I am becoming increasingly hesitant to use or try any product or treatment without a proven, long-term track record. I have read horror stories about scars becoming more visible, stretch marks getting worse, and skin becoming thin with some supposed remedies. [br][br]Any thoughts about this? [br] [br]
 04/27/2012 02:35 PM

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Cher777

In addition to healthy eating and natural moisturizers, Retin A (0.1%) can even out stretch mark indentations, stimulate collagen, and reduce or eliminate discoloration. In fact, Retin A is great for different types of skin defects like wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, etc. And, when used in tandem with assorted peels (I personally love lactic acid), the results can be quite impressive. [br][br]A warning, nonetheless, do not use Retin A and/or peels if you are pregnant. Instead, do your best to fight off stretch marks with hydration, healthy eating, and natural oils (like coconut oil).
 04/16/2012 06:49 PM

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AmariT

I'm fairly certain that nothing can completely erase stretch marks, but you do have options. [br][br]1. Laser surgery has been shown to be the most successful treatment, but it's also the most expensive. If you're desperate to get rid of stretch marks, then this is probably your best choice, but it wouldn't hurt to try some cheaper options first. [br][br]2. There are actually quite a few natural stretch mark remedies. Even eating healthy and drinking a lot of water can do a lot to increase the health of your skin and reduce stretch marks. Cocoa butter is also great for moisterizing your skin and helping it heal.[br][br]I wouldn't recommend most or the wide variety of products marketed for stretch marks. It's a big market, and not many of them do much good. [br][br][url=/News/Preventing_the_Scars_and_Stretch_Marks_of_Pregnancy]Here's a brief guide to preventing stretch mark[/url]s, but it mostly boils down to eat well, drink water, don't gain weight too quickly (even when pregnant, you can be careful about how quickly you gain weight), and massage a moisterizer such as cocoa butter into your skin often. Make sure that whatever moisterizer you use is pregnancy safe, because some have dangerous chemicals in them.
 03/26/2012 05:17 PM

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Cher777

Dolores, I read about a relatively new treatment called Carboxtherapy that is supposed to work wonders with stretch marks, although I am not certain if stretch marks can be completely eradicated. [br] [br]Preventing stretch marks is a multi-strategy approach. First, eat healthy (plenty of fruits and vegetables). Second, properly hydrate, purified water is best. Third, apply a fine-quality moisurizer to the area/s of concern: cocoa butter, almond oil, and shea butter are all good choices. [br][br]Good luck! I hope this helps.

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