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Does massaging a pregnant tummy with oil several times a day really prevent stretch marks

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
It helps: There are many safe commercial products that contain lanolin or oil for helping pregnant abdomens avoid elastic skin breakdowns also known as "stretch ... Read More
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
25 years experience Dermatology
Stretch marks: I have seen a number of pregnant patients develop a contact dermatitis using cocoa butter containing creams. Doesn't happen with everyone but I have s ... Read More

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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
41 years experience Endocrinology
Nothing: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
In the genes: Unfortunately there is nothing available that will prevent stretch marks. They have a genetic tendency so talk to your relatives.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Stretch marks in pregnancy are mostly genetic. Moisturizing the skin can help keep it healthy but your genes are the most important factor. Olive oil ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
28 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Retinyl palmitate is a weaker derivative of tretinoin or topical vitamin a. Tretinoin is a prescription which is not recommended for use during pregna ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Myth but use if help: Many of my patients swear by the benefits of tea tree or bio-oil and so i generally don't dissuade them but there is very little science to support it ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Adberg
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
2nd trimester and on: I'm not sure why they say it, but the manufacturer recommends not starting bio oil until the 2nd trimester, so i'd probably wait. The ingredients seem ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mother's Friend: There is a product called Mother's Friend that contains coconut and other emollients that can be massaged into the skin to decrease the appearance of ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Stretch marks: Try using coco butter or virgin coconut oil to get rid od stretch marks.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Safe, BUT: Do not expect any wonderful result. Stretch marks are determined by factors other than dry skin. Mostly by how much the skin is stretched. Any lubrica ... Read More
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