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A 21-year-old female asked:

can vicks vapor rub help with stretch marks?

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Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology 15 years experience
Probably not: It probably won't make any difference.
Dr. Barry Lycka
Dermatology 38 years experience
Probably not: No proven value.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens when you have stretch marks?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
They're permanent: 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 therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the easiest way to loosen stretch marks?

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Dr. Elizabeth Reynoso
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
No magic cure: There is no magic cure for stretch marks unfortunately. Over time they will fade to light lights. Making sure the skin is well moisturized will also help and using a lotion with vitamin D is recommended
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is there any way to reduce future stretch marks?

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Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Avoid weight gain: Stretch marks come from rapid weight gain, hormones, pregnancy, and are dermal tears that cause discoloration. They occur wherever you accumulate fat including upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, shoulders and back. They have loss of elastin and collagen. Stay at a normal weight, stay fit, and keep your hormones balanced by not taking steroids when you work out.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have extremely bad stretch marks?

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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
stretch marks: There is no simple way to remove stretch marks after they are present. Preventative care during pregnancy includes the use of skin moisturizer such as cocoa butter. However afterwards you may see some improvement with micro-needling, fractional laser, or excision as in the case of a tummy tuck. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to see your options.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What can cause the sudden appearance of stretch marks?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Stretch marks: Stretch marks are created when the skin is stretched (i.e., weight loss) causing dermal & epidermal tearing.

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