Stretch marks (you know, those white or purple little lines striped across your legs, hips, behind and breasts) are often associated with pregnancy, but the truth is that carrying a baby isn’t the only cause of these pesky body stripes. Genetic factors, rapid weight gain, excessive exercising, and your age (usually they form during adolescence) are also common culprits for the formation of stretch marks, as well.
Using body makeup or applying a natural-looking self-tanner will help camouflage these annoying marks, but if you’re looking to get rid of them for good, you do have some other treatment options to try. Expectant mothers have long sworn by the line-reducing magical powers of cocoa butter, but there is a wide range of stretch mark treatments available over-the-counter. Many of these creams and oils can both prevent and can actually help to fade their appearance — as long as you stay consistent with use. Ahead, we’ve lined up some of our favorite over the counter treatments to help you get rid of stubborn stretch marks for good.
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1. Tea Tree Crocodile Repair Cream
This rich anti-scar mark cream also works to fade the look of stretch and post-surgery marks with continuous use.
2. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion
This cocoa butter-infused lotion works to reduce the appearance of stretch marks because it effectively helps to tear apart problematic fat cells underneath the skin’s outermost layer.
3. Body Merry Scar Cream
This scar removal cream also works to get rid of stretch marks as well. It contains ingredients including, Kokum Cocoa and Tocopherol Vitamin E to help reduce blemishes.