Ok heres the deal..I started lifting about 10 months ago...I've gained a lot of size and strength...I'm 19 years old, 5'7 I went from 125 pounds to 165 pounds and my arms got alot bigger and the bigger my arm gets the worse the stretch marks get...its driving me crazy I love to lift but I hate these marks I dont get why I'm getting them so bad...Im only getting them on the top of my bicep and its pissing me off..I included a pic of one of my arms..its pretty nasty but how can I stop getting them is there something i can do? theres no way I can stop lifting...
Last edited by quiksilver9531; 01-04-2005 at 10:50 PM.
Just comes with the territory. Mine eventually faded out with time. Congrats on gaining 40 lbs lookin good
I don't think there is much you can do about them. If your fair skinned they seem to show up more. The one ? would be of the wt your gaining is a lot of it fat? If so maybe you need to clean up the diet and try to gain more lean muscle wt, which will be a slower gain and the marks will thus come slower. On the other hand if you keep growing and getting bigger you will get them like everyone else.
I was pretty skinny when i started...like i stated i gained about 40 pounds..yes some of that went on my stomach but its not bad at all...I was expecting to gain some fat on my stomach...Im trying to eat alot less fatty food and stay away from high carb stuff...I'm trying to stick with a high protein diet
Those aren't bad. I was expecting some huge gashes. My armpits look like I've survived a bear attack. Clearly I'm in no position to give advice on how to not get stretch marks.
Search the site for previous threads. A lot of advice about stretch marks has been posted. Personally, the hell with skin imperfections. Lift!
yea its not like i would stop lifting over them..im jsut afraid to lift heavy on arm days...i gained about 3 inches on my bi's from when i started..
Last edited by quiksilver9531; 01-04-2005 at 11:30 PM.
what supplements were you taking to gain all this weight?
um I was taking Nlarge for a while but i stopped that over the summer...then i was taking prolab whey..then muscle milk that stuff tasted real good but it was to high in calories and fat and not very high in protien..now i just take ON whey and ast micronized creatine..
Last edited by quiksilver9531; 01-05-2005 at 12:11 AM.
You'd have to bulk extremely slowly to avoid stretchmarks. I actually don't know how the elastin in flesh operates, but every time I bulk I open up old ones and create new ones. As stated, it comes with the territory.
The best you can do is rub vitamin E oil on them once a day..before bed, I guess..and just get used to it.
They'll fade over time.....but I'm not sure if you'll be stuck with them forever. I've put on weight, alot of weight actually, over exam periods and my midsection and stomach look like I was attacked with a garden fork. Try getting a tan, it'll make them far less visible.
sometimes its genetics. I gained 30-50 lbs in one summer and i didnt get any, but my muscle tended to come on better since i was playing bball a ton during the process.
Iíve heard a vitamin E solution is the best thing for making them fade.
Originally Posted by DokterVet
Same here. If you've only got them on your biceps, consider yourself lucky. Not only do I have them there, but they also stretch from about 3 inches from my nipple all the way to the end of my delt, front and back, and they look like knife wounds.
If you're not lifting hard, you're taking up space.
Get the f$*# out.
24 years old
205lbs. ->212lbs. as of 10.22.04 -> 219lbs. as of 12.10.04
10% bf ->11% -> 12%
46 1/2" chest ->47" -> 48"
17 1/2" arms ->17 3/4" -> 18"
32" waist ->same -> 33"
26" quads -> 27 1/2" -> 28 1/2"
17" calves -> 17 3/4" -> 18"
(I'm still working on these as of 12.13.04)
updated 10.14.04, and again on 12.13.04
They sell stuff for pregnant women to use on their stomaches to help get rid of stretch marks.
Just some good ol' vitamin E oil might help too.
Palmer's Cocoa butter
Apply is twice a day for maximum results. They won't eliminate them, but they will fade them
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i work at a vitamin store, we sell a good amount of strixaderm. its supposed to be an anti-aging cream which also helps remove stretchmarks. im losing some weight and my stretch marks from previous fat periods in my life are showing up more, too. i might try something like vitamin e oil, and if worse comes to worse, i might try strixaderm.
i dont think anything will remove them they will fade in a couple of years i read like 40%+ of the population had some stretch marks
Other than doing what Manveet suggested (which I presume is some sort of mosturizer) you're S.O.L. Stretch marks are with you for life. As they age they go from the red (seen in your pics) to a lighter skin tone colour to a silvery colour. The bottom line, live it or hate it, is it comes down to genetics. If you're predisposed to stretch marks, you'll get them when the opportunity presents itself.
The other 60% of peoplere were too stupid to know what a stretch mark was to replyOriginally Posted by kairar
Last edited by Dirt; 01-06-2005 at 06:24 AM.
I think all you can do is take care of yourself to prevent them. Drink plenty of water along with good vitamins and minerals to keep your skin healthy should help. Creams with coco butter, vitamin e and k everyday where possible stretch marks could appear might help the sight of them. Once you get them there's not much you can do. They eventually fade so you can't seem em as much but I don't think they will ever go away. I have stretch marks on my biceps, pec insertion, and tri's. Ohh well, They are hard work scars.
Never Giving In.
They do fade, but do not disappear completely. Don't worry though, eventually they fade enough until you stop worrying about them as a physical thing.
yea it actually doesnt bother me too much..i was more curious to see who else had them on there biceps
when i first started bicep excercise when i started lifting i never had stretch marks. but was lifting rediculously light and for rediculously long. all i remember is when i started going heavy my biceps grew so fast i think the stretch marks may have broken the skin. i never figured out if it was a cat scratch from when i was sleeping, or just my biceps getting much bigger... whenever i move to heavier weight the marks come back, but never as bad as when i first had them.
I bought some body wash called tone (has cocoa butter), whenever i take a shower it really seems to soften my skin. i have marks in my armpits from raising my bench press weight too fast. since i started using tone i havent had any more marks.
max bench: 315
Originally Posted by DokterVet
Lol I have'em pretty bad too. I just know they'll fade.
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hm, I must be doing something wrong then.
I haven't seen any yet....
ediot: ah, nm. I expect at *least* one or two in the next year. heh.