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Can You Get Rid of Stretch Marks Using Vicks?

Stretch marks are a type of scar that occurs when the skin expands rapidly, such as during pregnancy or adolescence. Many products claim to remove stretch marks, but none is particularly effective, according to a 2014 review published in the "British Journal of Dermatology." Some users of Vicks Vaporub topical ointment claim that it works to heal stretch marks. However, Vicks Vaporub is a medicine indicated to help alleviate cough and cold symptoms -- not for skin treatment.

Effects on the Skin

Vicks Vaporub topical ointment contains a combination of eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, petrolatum, camphor and turpentine oil. These oils may make overly stretched skin feel softer and can reduce a dry appearance that makes stretch marks stand out. The makers of Vicks Vaporub, however, do not claim that its product can actually reduce stretch marks or recommend its use as a treatment for skin conditions or scarring. According to a clinical inquiry published in the "Journal of Family Practice" in 2012, no topical agent has been proven to effectively prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks 2.

The Wrap Up

Stretch marks are a type of scar that occurs when the skin expands rapidly, such as during pregnancy or adolescence. The makers of Vicks Vaporub, however, do not claim that its product can actually reduce stretch marks or recommend its use as a treatment for skin conditions or scarring.

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