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    How to get rid of stretch marks?
    kuzahi posted:
    I was thin when I was still a child but during my puberty years I grew big and that's where I started to notice the silvery lines in my upper thighs. How do iget rid of them?
    DetoxGuru responded:
    Try MAgnesium chloride cream. Works wonders
    David A Colbert, MD responded:
    Dear kuzahi,

    It sounds as if you are referring to stretch marks, medically referred to as "striae." Striae are a common occurrence, particularly during times of rapid growth/ weight gain/ weight loss.

    Creams are minimally effective for striae. The best treatment is laser therapy. The pulse-dye laser is excellent for red striae. A non-ablative fractional laser (such as the Fraxel) is excellent for the silvery- white striae.

    Find a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to perform your laser treatments and you will be very happy with the results.
    mendezwife replied to David A Colbert, MD's response:
    Dr. Colbert
    I had twins 1 month ago, I got no stretch marks but the brown line that appears under the belly button & on down...but I also got the line above the belly button....its still there, how do I get rid of the line & does cocoa butter help dimish the line? With my other 2 pregnancies the line went away pretty quick. I did get bigger with the twins, is that why the line is taking a while to go away?
    Any info would be great. Thank you.
    mendezwife replied to mendezwife's response:
    Does anyone have any suggestions on this?
    Annie_WebMD_Staff replied to mendezwife's response:
    Hi mendezwife,

    Congrats on having twins!
    the brown line that runs on your abdomen from pregnancy is called a linea nigra and it's caused by hormones. With time, the line will fade and disappear like a tan. How long it will take, I don't know. With me, it did take a couple of months to disappear. I remember that it peeled off like a fading summer tan!

    Since it's spring and summer is a few months away, I would also suggest protecting your skin from sun exposure so that the line doesn't get darker or come back easily.

    This article may be helpful:

    Pregnancy Skin Care: Get That Glow!

    - Annie
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    David A Colbert, MD replied to mendezwife's response:
    Dear Mendezwife,

    The line that you are referring to is called linea nigra, latin for "black line". This line may appear during pregnancy as a result of hormonal changes. These changes are also responsible for darkening of freckles/nevi/areola.

    Most often this line will fade within a few months post-pregnancy but occasionally it will persist. Sunscreen is important to prevent further darkening of the area and most of the time no treatment is necessary.
    An_207930 replied to David A Colbert, MD's response:
    Ok, I have three kids and my line never went away. My last child is 3 and I am still walking around with this line. If it doesn't go away on its own, then what do you do? Thanx

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