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The Truth About Stretch Marks

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Lots of women have them, and every woman wants to get rid of them. Is it possible?

Unfortunately, when it comes to stretch marks, the news is bleak. The truth is that many women will develop stretch marks at some point in their life and once developed, they are nearly impossible to erase. Why do we get them? They happen during periods of growth, when the skin stretches and loses elasticity and collagen -- and though many products claim to help, very few if any, actually do (no wonder all that cocoa butter we spread on our bellies while pregnant didn't work!) We talked to Dr. Saul at Beverly Hills Dermatology to find out the facts -- AND fixers about these pesty suckers. The truth ... is ugly.

-Though they may appear dark at first, stretch marks may eventually fade to a lighter color, depending on how your skin heals.  
-Topical products like cocoa butter may help their appearance, and could help prevent them, but this has not been scientifically proven. 
-No laser technology has currently been approved by the FDA, though this IS in the works. If an office near you is claiming to have laser technology, do your research!  
-Many creams and lotions are said to help, but almost always, they use digitally retouched before and after advertising pictures. 
-Though reported to erase stretch marks, getting microdermabrasion may leave your skin more permanently damaged and scarred. 
-Self tanner can soften the look of stretch marks, and temporarily 'hide them.' 

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Allison October 16, 2008, 2:25 PM

I got really bad stretch marks after I had my daughter. Ten months later, they have really faded and in some lights, can hardly be seen. So for any of you new moms fretting over them, they will get better! I was never a bikini-lover, so at least now I have a reason to wear a tankini. Now that I wear that, I have more confidence than I ever did while wearing a bikini.

Michelle FiField October 17, 2008, 3:45 AM

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Zelma Pauly November 19, 2010, 1:44 PM

Those are just a womans creepyest fate, i’ve been dealing with stretch marks for forever, delighted to figure out there is some hope … it’s about time !

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