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Posted by: jenny | 2007/12/11

STRETCH MARKS

WHAT CAN I USE TO GET RID OF BLACK STRECTH MARKS ON MY THIGHS AND BUTTOCKS?

I HAVE TRIED RETINOL AND TISSUE OIL BUT NONE OF THE MPRODUCTS SEEMS TO HELP.

IS IT TRUE THAT RETINOL CAUSES SKIN TO LOSE ITS ELASTICITY?

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Dear Jenny

Stretch marks are permanent damage to the middle layer of the skin due to fast expansion ( like in pregnancy or when you pick up weight quickly) There are no effective treatment in the form of creams. Stretch marks get lighter and thinner with time anyway.
Topical retinoid creams may help but can make the skin dry and sensitive to sun.
Dermabration, laser and chemical peels done by dermatologist may help.

See http://dermnetnz.org/dermal-infiltrative/striae.html

Dr Bets

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