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June 29, 2011 1:14 PM
Hopefully this is the right forum flowerforyou

So, I know weight gain can (obviously) cause stretch marks, but what about losing weight? Is it possible to gain fresh, completely new stretch marks throughout the weight loss process, if you're just losing at a steady rate of 1 lb or less a week? I've been very prone to stretch marks my entire life, first during puberty then weight gain, etc. and just want to know if I should be expecting any unpleasant surprises as I continue to lose.

The stuff I've been reading online hasn't been very concise and just says "yes" with no clear explanation as why (I can't wrap my head around new stretch marks when the skin is not actually stretching!) - either that or say that stretch marks are only more visible as the skin gets more taut. Just curious if anyone has any further insight on the matter!
June 29, 2011 1:17 PM
If your body is shrinking, then your skin shouldn't be stretching! That being said I did get a couple new stretch marks in the first few weeks of losing weight-they started to develop just as I was starting to lose weight, & even tho I lost 10lbs in the first 2 weeks the damage had already been done to that area of skin & it continued to tear. I've lost 33lbs & I haven't gotten another one tho!

If you have any really big ones that have been pulled really taught then you might find that those look fatter as the skin relaxes, once your skin starts tightening up (STRENGTH TRAINING) the marks should tighten up too.
Edited by eillamarie On June 29, 2011 1:18 PM
June 29, 2011 1:18 PM
1) Stretch marks never go away but they can fade.
2) Your body replenishes or renews it's exterior skin layer (what we see) every month (I think it's a month, month or 2 weeks).
June 29, 2011 1:19 PM
cocoa butter oil! works miracles for stretchmarks!
June 29, 2011 1:20 PM
I've never heard of someone getting stretch marks from weight loss. By definition you're getting smaller and therefore not "stretching." However if you recently took up power-lifting and have added mad girth to your biceps that may be a different thing.

I can also imagine that weight loss may expose some pre-existing stretchmarks that may have been previously occluded. I do believe that as you shrink many marks will become less obvious.
June 29, 2011 1:20 PM
yes they appear from excessive Weight Gain/Loss...... I heard it is hereditary as well, or more like your skins elasticity is hereditary. I did just about everything to avoid mine during pregnancy. Unfortunately once the belly shrank the stretchmarks appeared. It sucks but what can you do....Ive tried almost everything on the market, there just no cure. Except Laser
June 29, 2011 1:21 PM
I have stretch marks that have become MUCH more visible with my weight loss. I'm guessing they were already there but not as noticeable, i'm not sure. I'm using BioOil on them everyday and they seems to have helped the appearance. I'm not sure if weight loss causes stretch marks but it definitely makes them noticable. grrrrrr! ohwell
June 29, 2011 1:23 PM
My understanding is that stretch marks are from putting too much strain on your skin too quickly. They don't go away, you're genetically predisposed to get them no matter what you do or don't put on them, and they can change colors (for example when I was pregnant my stretch marks were pink, now that I'm smaller they are simply little white lines that remind me of what I have in store for next time.)
June 29, 2011 1:23 PM

cocoa butter oil! works miracles for stretchmarks!

Actually, all it does is moisturize your skin. It does nothing for stretch marks - before or after. Stretch marks will happen regardless of what you do to prevent or fix them. It's predetermined based on the elasticity of your skin. But, for those of us who get them, it does mean we have tighter skin, less elasticity, so hopefully our faces will be slow to wrinkle!
June 29, 2011 1:24 PM
I have a ton of stretch marks (on my legs, belly, arms, etc.) from losing weight. I suppose they were just stretched out before and I didn't notice them, but they are red and very visible now. Very frustrating!
June 29, 2011 1:51 PM

But, for those of us who get them, it does mean we have tighter skin, less elasticity, so hopefully our faces will be slow to wrinkle!

Hurray, an upside to being prone to stretch marks! You have just made my day. :-)
June 29, 2011 3:36 PM
Thanks to everyone for your responses!

eillamarie: That's what makes sense to me, too, but then I was reading some vague remarks that you *can* get more stretch marks from weight loss that made me go "huh?" The existing stretch marks being more visible I get, but the other way around just doesn't make any sense to me. That's great to hear you haven't gotten any others!

kel_be: I knew that first fact all too well, sigh... Someone come up with a miracle cure already laugh

syiyi: Thanks for the suggestion! Most of mine are faded now, and I did find cocoa butter to help speed the fading process.

MrBrown72: I'm assuming 30 Day Shred is not enough to add mad girth, so hopefully I'm safe tongue

aymetcalf: I reeeally hope it's just that they're more noticeable in both our cases. I waited long enough for these existing ones to fade, dangit! Lol.

kgagnon7779: One could only hope!! flowerforyou

Elizabeth_C34: Agh, I feel you on the frustration. I have em on my arms, legs, hips, butt, back of the knees - pretty much everywhere but the belly, so I'm hoping to keep it that way until if/when I have a kiddo, hehe.
Edited by vintagefool On June 29, 2011 3:42 PM


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