Study: Cocoa butter won't stop stretch marks

August 5, 2008 1:52:31 PM PDT
For years, many pregnant women have turned to cocoa butter to prevent stretch marks. But now a new study finds it doesn't work. Stretch marks typically occur in the abdomen and breasts but can also appear on the hips, thighs and buttocks. The cause is unknown, but many women believe that rubbing cocoa butter on the skin can help prevent the marks.

Although scientific evidence supporting the use of cocoa butter is lacking, many physicians and midwives continue to recommend it.

The study is in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


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