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Does Cocoa Butter Really Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

by
author image Brenda Barron
Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.
Does Cocoa Butter Really Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
A pregnant woman rubs cocoa butter on her belly. Photo Credit JackF/iStock/Getty Images

What is Cocoa Butter?

Cocoa butter is derived from vegetable fat and cocoa beans. Though it's rather solid when sold, it melts easily into the skin when applied. Cocoa butter is an antioxidant. It's often used as a lotion, though it can be utilized to penetrate the skin for treating much deeper skin issues like stretch marks.

Cocoa Butter Moisturizes

Cocoa butter is an excellent moisturizer. It's natural and safe to use during pregnancy--a prime time when many women suffer from stretch marks. It seeps down and nourishes the skin, reducing the appearance of stretch marks. It can even soften scar tissue, so those tell-tale silvery lines aren't quite so noticeable.

Apply Cocoa Butter Regularly

Even though cocoa butter nourishes the skin, it will only work to its fullest capacity when applied to the skin regularly. Liberally apply cocoa butter to the affected areas each day after bathing. This can help to reduce the look of stretch marks over time.

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