While dermatologists frequently prescribe retinoids, like Retin-A, to treat acne or fine lines and wrinkles, they can also prescribe them to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Retin-A and other prescription retinoids applied topically to stretch marks for a few months may work to increase cellular turnover to reveal a smoother, less pigmented surface. It can also stimulate collagen production in the epidermal layers to restore skin’s smoothness and elasticity.
Retin-A works most effectively on reddened (not colorless or white) stretch marks that are under a year old. Additionally, pregnant or nursing women should refrain from using it.
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