Many a pregnant woman has slathered her belly with lotions in a vain attempt to avoid stretch marks. But the truth is, most women get them at some point or another, whether it happens during pregnancy or not. So is there anything you can do about them?
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The scientific name for stretch marks caused by pregnancy is striae distrae.
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Stretch marks are most common in teenagers and pregnant women because the body is growing at a faster rate.
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At first, stretch marks are darker in color, and then they fade to white.
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Dermatologists say prevention is key with stretch marks. And the key to prevention is healthy eating.
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You should look for moisturizers that contain aloe if you want to prevent stretch marks.
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If you do get stretch marks, it's best to wait for treatment -- they're easier to treat after their color lightens.
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If you want to treat stretch marks on your own, a combination of glycolic acid and vitamin C supplements could help.
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Retinoids are another possible at-home treatment.
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Dermatologists can use a laser called a V-Beam to treat early-stage stretch marks.
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