What do you recommend for stretch marks on the belly left behind from pregnancy?
Dr. Kathy Fields: Stretch marks, or striae, appear as skin is increasingly stretched during pregnancy, resulting in rips, or microscars, in the dermal layer of your skin. They may initially surface as pink or red streaks running down your abdomen, breasts, hips, thighs and even arms, then gradually fade to a lighter color.
Some evidence suggests that susceptibility to stretch marks is hereditary. Almost 75% to 90% of pregnant women will experience them.
Unfortunately, you can’t prevent stretch marks. No amount of cocoa butter, vitamin E or alpha hydroxy acid will stop them. They can appear at any time during pregnancy—even on the day of delivery.
However, topical treatments such as retinoids may help diminish their appearance. Some laser treatments are also helpful as permanent stretch mark remedies.
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