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August 27, 2015 | by The Polyclinic

Polyclinic dermatologist Laura Swanson, MD, was featured in Care.com’s article, “Stretch Marks After Pregnancy – 10 Things to Know.”

Dr. Swanson notes that many people get stretch marks, not just pregnant women. Stretch marks can also be found on people who rapidly gain weight, go through puberty, use specific medications, or aggressively lift weights. Dr. Swanson also said that most products that attempt to prevent stretch marks aren’t as effective as marketed, and those who want to prevent the scars should instead attempt to “minimize rapid weight gain.”

“While many topical products are marketed as being effective in preventing stretch marks, there is very little evidence to support their efficacy,” said Swanson.

To read the full article, visit Care.com.

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