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Can You Use Lime Juice to Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

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author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Can You Use Lime Juice to Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
Approximately 50 to 90 percent of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy, according to the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group. Photo Credit diego cervo/iStock/Getty Images

You'll do just about anything to get rid of the reddish-brown lines that appear on your breasts, buttocks, hips and torso during adolescence or pregnancy. These stretch marks, or striae, can fade, and sometimes disappear, over time -- but there is no known home remedy that can help you get rid them, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. Lime juice, alone, or in conjunction with cocoa butter, is sometimes recommended as a treatment, but just like other remedies, there's no evidence that it's effective.

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If lime juice were such an effective treatment, skin care companies would include it as a compound in creams designed to prevent or treat the marks and market them to make millions. As it is, no commercial topical treatments prevent the development of stretch marks. A 2012 issue of the "Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews" published a review of studies on creams' abilities to prevent striae and found none were effective. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that no specific care for stretch marks once they form has been found either.

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