Over the years, a number of treatments have come into popularity to supposedly treat stretch marks.
Over the counter creams, lotions, and oils: Many of these products contain alpha hydoxy acid (AHA), which removes the skin cells on top thus allowing healthier skin cells to grow. Formulations with vitamin A, C and E also help in diminishing the appearance of stretch marks. Vitamin E oil and cocoa butter are commonly used to treat stretch marks.
Topical retinoid therapy: Retin-A cream is commonly used to reduce the redness in new stretch marks and may help prevent prominent scarring. These may be very successful on mild stretch marks and may improve the appearance of deeper stretch marks as well.
Chemical peels (dermabrasion): Microdermabrasion involves the use of fine sand that is blown across the skin. The low-grade mechanical irritation of repeat treatments may induce new collagen formation in stretch marks.
Pulse dye laser therapy: Laser treatment removes, vaporizes, and breaks down the skin's tissues. Although laser surgery is generally the most effective treatment for stretch marks, this method still may be ineffective as well as cost prohibitive for some people. Unlike other methods, pulse dye laser may be effective in minimizing deeper and older stretch marks.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy: Targeted flashes of light eliminate dilated and broken blood vessels without injuring the surrounding healthy skin.
You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Natural Standard information does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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