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Dealing with Stretch Marks

If you have kids, you are probably part of a club that you never signed up for...the stretch mark club! I know I'm a card carrying member and no matter what I do, I can't seem to relinquish my membership.

Here are just a few tips for dealing with stretch marks:

~ Prevention is key! And I don't mean preventing pregnancy...although I guess that would work. There is some research that shows that cocoa butter works, and I used it with great success during my first pregnancy. Unfortunately, by the second and third time around I was too busy to remember to put stretch mark cream on my stomach every day!

~ Cocoa Butter and other lotions can have some effect after you already have stretch marks, but they won't get rid of them completely. I've been using a product made by Revitol and it has lightened the appearance of my stretch marks, but has not made them go away completely. I'm of the belief that anyone who says any cream will completely remove them is lying. Either way, Revitol makes a quality product that I've enjoyed and I've heard good things from others that have used it as well.

~ ~I've also used an At Home MicroDermabrasion Kit and that has seemed to help the overall appearance of my skin. Here's the thing about microdermabrasion (and all other treatment options). Stretch marks are actually tears underneath the skin. Treatment like microderm abrasion is used to buff off "old" skin. It's not going to repair tears under the skin. It can, however, make your entire skin tone a little more even and make the stretch marks less noticable.

~ Professional treatment. Some people swear by laser treatments, and others say that they aren't proven to work at all. So, decide with care whether or not they are for you. If you are going to pay for laser treatments, make sure you see before and after photos of other patients. A tummy tuck seems to be the only fool-proof way to get rid of them all together and that only happens because a plastic surgeon is getting rid of excess skin.

~The last option, and the one that I am resigning myself to, is just to live in peace with your stretch marks. I figure I'm getting too old to be wearing clothes that show my stomach anyway! I do like Revitol and I've seen some success with microdermabrasion, but you can only go so far to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. After that, you'll have to pony up big bucks or learn to live with your stretch marks!

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