12 Best Stretch Marks Treatments and Removal Tips

Stretch Marks Treatments and Removal Tips: According to a Dermatologist, consider this your daily reminder that stretch marks are 100 percent normal (seriously, though, over 80 percent of Americans have them)—as is the decision to embrace or disguise them. And if you happen to fall into the camp of people who want to get rid of their stretch marks, you’re probably well aware of the fact that there is a lot of misinformation out there. Because despite what your Insta feed might be telling you, there’s actually no at-home product or in-office treatment that’ll completely destroy your stretch marks. Which, yeah—maybe not exactly what you wanted to hear.

12 Best Stretch Marks Treatments and Removal Tips
12 Best Stretch Marks Treatments and Removal Tips

That said, there are a handful of things you can do to minimize the appearance of stretch marks—think: slathering on a retinol-spiked body cream for stretch marks or booking a laser appointment—so long as you go into the process knowing what they can (and can’t) do for your skin. Down to learn more? Keep reading for 12 expert-approved tips, tricks, and product recs for safely (and effectively!) reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

12 Best Stretch Marks Treatments and Removal Tips

What causes stretch marks?

According to Akhavan, stretch marks are caused when there’s a period of rapid growth in your body (like growth spurts, pregnancy, weight gain, or increased muscle mass) that suddenly stretches the skin, and, in turn, causes the collagen bundles under your skin to tear away from each other. So when the skin returns to its normal state (i.e., when it stops growing), “it can look wrinkled and lined because it’s not supported by the same collagen structure underneath,” he says.



Do stretch marks ever really go away?

Considering the cause of stretch marks is literal tearing deep beneath the skin, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that there’s no tried-and-true cure. “It’s literally impossible to 100 percent get rid of your stretch marks,” says Dr. Akhavan. But don’t freak—there are steps you can take to reduce their appearance, namely by rebuilding the collagen in your skin with some excellent OTC products and a committed skincare routine, like the below…

 

  1. Get Rid of Stretch Marks With Retinol Creams

  2. Minimize Stretch Marks With Silicone

  3. Try Dry Brushing for Stretch Marks

  4. Soothe Stretch Marks with Aloe Vera

  5. Minimize the appearance of stretch marks with self-tanner

  6. Prevent and Treat Stretch Marks With Hyaluronic Acid

  7. Treat Stretch Marks With Antioxidants

  8. Use Body Exfoliators for Stretch Marks

  9. Get Rid of Stretch Marks With Lotion

  10. Get Rid of Stretch Marks with Body Oil

  11. Get Rid of Stretch Marks with Laser Treatments

  12. Get Rid of Stretch Marks with Microneedling

12 Best Stretch Marks Treatments and Removal Tips

“My first choice—and the safest option—would be the laser treatment,” says Dr. Akhavan, “but because of cost or because someone is hesitant to try lasers, my next choice would be microneedling.” The treatment creates tiny (and relatively painless) punctures in the skin that triggers the body’s wound-healing process (similar to how the laser works) to stimulate collagen and elastin production.



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The only drawbacks: It takes at least four months to see results, and it can be irritating if used incorrectly, so check in with your derm first. Regardless of which stretch-mark treatment you choose, results will not be immediate, so you need to be patient, says Dr. Akhavan. Easier said than done, right?

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