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Topic Title: How to care for your skin during pregnancy
Created On: 08/24/2009 11:59 AM
 09/14/2013 01:37 PM

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This treatment is meant for stretch marks following pregnancy and nursing (not during).

From what I understand, a stretch marks study was conducted at the University of Michigan. Participants who applied Retin-A on relatively new stretch marks realized impressive results. It seems Retin-A boosted collagen production and cleared the skin. However, individuals with older stretch marks were not as fortunate; their stretch marks experienced only minor improvement.

Has anyone ever tried Retin-A on newly-formed stretch marks? If so, did they go away?
 05/21/2013 08:09 PM

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Evening primrose oil is supposed to be beneficial in a number of situations. In pregnancy, it helps to prevent high blood pressure, long labors, and late deliveries. It also works to soften skin. Still, never take any supplement in pregnancy without doctor approval.

It appears this oil is also beneficial in other stages of life. It allegedly helps prevent fatigue, thwarts PMS and breast pain, and minimizes menopause symptoms.

Has anyone ever used evening primrose oil on a regular basis? If so, were you pleased?
 04/28/2013 12:54 PM

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Vitamin E oil, without any unnatural additives, is also great for stretch marks and/or other skin imperfections. It seems the more natural care you give to your skin during pregnanacy, the less likely you will be to get visible problems.

Still, I have a friend who did everything she could to keep stretch marks away, but it dd not work. Every pound she gained during pregnancy went directly to her stomach. Actually, it looked like she could have been carrying twins, but she wasn't.

Has this ever happened to anyone else?
 11/26/2012 12:54 PM

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I agree that cocoa butter is a wonderful product to keep stretch marks and scars away. It smells delightful and is a great moisturizer. [br][br]Still, I read that some cocoa butter products contain a certain degree of caffeine, albeit it in trace amounts. This is highly unlikely to affect the mother or baby; yet, it is good to know. [br][br]Personally, I would much prefer to apply a cocoa butter lotion to my skin rather than Vasoline. Vasoline is a petroleum jelly, which means it is a byproduct of oil production. Cocoa butter seems purer and more natural.
 01/30/2012 07:19 PM

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I agree, I have also read that applying cocoa butter to pregnant skin will help stretch marks stay away. [br][br]And other natural remedies? Almond butter, shea butter, and coconut oil are also supposed to be great choices. In addition, remember to eat a healthy diet, one rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. At the same time, drink plenty of purified water to help the skin stay hydrated. Lastly, periodically massage the skin lightly with a soft brush; this will help remove dead skin cells and encourage enhanced circulation.
 02/22/2011 04:34 PM

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Applying cocoa butter on your belly daily is an excellent way to avoid stretch marks.
 12/08/2009 01:50 PM

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Thanks Melissa! My sister is 7 months pregnant, and she'll have skin issues that will need to be addressed, stretch marks being one of them.
 08/24/2009 11:59 AM

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I have recently come across an article on that outlines a few key concerns women may have in regard to their skin during pregnancy, and solutions for these concerns. I thought sharing it here may be helpful to some of you!

The article begins, "Pregnancy can bring many changes to the body, but did you know that it can affect the skin, too?
Acne, stretch marks, melasma, and varicose veins are common concerns. Luckily, many issues tend to dissipate after giving birth. Here are some safe and effective ways to tend the the skin during pregnancy."

To see the whole article, visit: [url=] [/url]

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