I honestly thought that my stretch marks were just something I was going to have to live with forever....my many badges of motherhood, but I am so thrilled to be wrong!! I actually found a way to heal them, for real!! I can't believe the difference already - I'm so excited!! My stretch marks were very old, transparent ridges and I've been watching the ridges slowly fill in and smooth out! My remedy has been a combination of things I had heard of that were said to help stretch marks and I figured putting them together would be even better!
My first weapon is a 1mm dermaroller (if your stretch marks are really deep, you might want to get a 1.5mm) - and this thing is a little weapon indeed! Don't believe them when they say that using this thing just feels like a tickle - it's painful, not like childbirth pain or anything, but certainly NOT a tickle! But no pain, no gain!! And the pain is so worth it! A great place to get your dermaroller would be dermaroller-planet.com, they have a lot of great information on their site about the dermaroller too or you can find a great deal on one through ebay.
My second weapon is a combination of essential oils: helichrysum & sage in hazelnut & rose hip. The kind of helichrysum you use makes ALL the difference! You do not want to scrimp and go cheap on it or you will not see the same results. It's not cheap, but again, no pain, no gain - this stuff is like a magic potion! The website I got my helichrysum from (as well as the hazelnut & rose hip oils) is naturesgift.com/essential/descriptionh-l.htm. This is the best helichysum you can buy and delivers the best healing power. The potion is 2oz hazelnut oil, 2 oz rose hip oil, 2ml helichysum oil and 2 ml sage oil.
My third weapon has been vitamins. I always take Juice Plus vegetable capsules, fruit capsules and orchard capsules, as well as Vitamin C, and fish oil, but I added a vitamin by Olay designed to improve your skin and I've been drinking Sambazon Acai Berry powder in green tea. The claims that the Acai berry will aid in weight loss are a joke - I tried it for that about a year ago and saw zero results, but I do remember the extremely positive effects it had on my skin, so I decided to start drinking it again when I began this.
My fourth weapon is any lotion designed to promote skin healing and regeneration - Palmers Cocoa Butter formula is great and I would use it if I could, but I can't because it contains gluten, so I use Gold Bond Ultimate Healing with Shea Butter. This last lotion is just to keep your skin moisturized between treatments. Here's my treatment regimen:
In the morning, I roll the dermaroller over the parts of my body that have the stretch marks. I then apply my essential oil potion and rub it in really well. I let that soak in unclothed for at least an hour and then I rub on the lotion. I also apply the lotion again in the afternoon. In the evening, I apply the essential oils again, let soak in and then apply the lotion right before I go to bed. I do the dermaroller treatments 5 days a week and for the 2 healing days I still apply the essential oils and lotion morning and night.
When you are using the dermaroller it is really important to not let those parts of your body get any sun/tanning bed exposure. If you must be in the sun, wear sunscreen! You should give your skin about a week of no treatments to heal before exposing it to sun again. This has been the hardest part for me - I'm actually taking a week off this week so I can use my tanning bed next week, get caught up with my color (can't be too light in the summer!) and then begin treatments again. Even on this week off, I have still noticed my stretch marks fading as my skin continues to renew and heal itself!
This treatment really does work!! You WILL see results even after the first week and the longer you do it, the better results you will get. The dermaroller has actually been found to give better and safer results than laser treatment on stretch marks and if you need any convincing on the healing powers of the helichysum oil, you can read more about it on the website link above or do a google search - you will find many testimonials to this magic oil. An amazing combination these are turning out to be!!