Stretch Mark Treatments

Prescription retinoid creams like Retin-A have been shown to fade new, red stretch marks. They work by stimulating both collagen production and the rate at which your skin turns over, bringing new, fresh skin to the surface.

Just keep in mind that retinoids should be avoided while breastfeeding, but begin applying them immediately after weaning the baby. As with light-based treatments, it’s best to use retinoids when the stretch marks are still red or purple to maximize results. 

Just like when retinol is used on the face (you’ll want to use a little more than what you use on your face), there may be some dryness and peeling, and the results, according to Dr. Alexiades-Armenakas, are only minimal at best.

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