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 fade their appearance — as long as you stay consistent with use.

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