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Stretch Marks

By July 9, 2009 - 3:29am
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I have stretch marks after having children, but have noticed the stretch marks on my breasts getting worse. I do have larger breasts, but have not noticed them getting any larger. Is there anything that can help reduce the stretch marks that I have or prevent them from getting worse?

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Hi ncangela

Believe it or not, most people have stretch marks! Men and women, whether they have had children or not. But pregnancy can obviously cause them to increase/worsen and many women see stretch marks on their hips, bellies, backs, breasts and even upper arms.

Growth spurts among teens can cause them too.

Stretch marks are actually scars. So the best way to heal them is to give them time. The majority of scars fade with time, some just a little and some almost completely. Creams don't "cure" them, no matter what the advertisements say. They do, however, moisturize them well and this can help with healing and at least make them look better.

The best you can do is use a moisturizer on the affected parts of your body every day and consider using a cream like Mederma - some people swear by it; others say it didn't do anything for them.
Don't waste your money on products that have a regular moisturizer and another (same brand) that "specializes" in stretch marks. If you look at the back, the ingredients are virtually identical yet the "specially formulated" stretch mark bottle can cost several dollars more. It's a marketing gimmick that really bothers me!

Time and a really good moisturizer, Angela, are probably your best bet. You breasts may be just a little larger but have shifted in shape or you may have had them for a while and just not noticed them. Also, if you have been in the sun this summer, you will notice them more on tanned skin. Often times, the darker the skin, the more obvious they are, even if it's only a light tan. Most stretch marks are silvery, white or pinkish so show up on darker skin more. Is your skin a bit darker, now that summer is here? Even if you are naturally dark skinned, you'll go darker in summer if you are out in the sun.

July 10, 2009 - 11:51am
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