Q: Hello doc, I have these ugly stretch marks on my abdomen, thigh, and buttocks. They increased after I delivered my first baby. Please, What cream can I use to remove them permanently and completely?

A: Inasmuch as I like giving people hope, I hate false hope. I wish I could tell you there’s a particular drug or cream you will use and all the stretch marks will disappear forever; but, there isn’t!

I see them. They parade different so-called “natural products” and “skin-care products” as ultimate cure for stretch marks. See, testimonies are not enough—and, several of those claims are false! Stretch marks is a problem arising from the deeper layers of the skin; all these superficial treatments will not fix the problem.

Stretch marks arise from sudden change in weight, say during pregnancy. They are known to, most times, improve on their own (even without any treatment). So, relax.

Luckily, the problem is simply the ugly appearance; it doesn’t cause any health problem. So, relax.

Some people say products containing shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, castor oil, and so on, have helped them; but we have no science or research to support this.

Proven methods for taking care of stretch marks are very expensive and largely  inaccessible. They are sophisticated surgeries and procedures that are, sincerely, not advisable (especially for young people).

Fortunately, stretch marks mostly  occur in hidden parts of the body! If you are not satisfied with these, see your dermatologist.