The truth about stretch marks (Part 2)

Researchers’ findings about the treatments for stretch marks:

Stretch mark creams, lotions, and gels: 

Researchers have studied many of the creams, lotions, and gels sold to treat stretch marks. While no one product seems to help all of the time — and some don’t seem to help at all — researchers have discovered some helpful hacks.

If you want to try one of these creams, lotions, or gels to fade stretch marks, be sure to:

  • Use the product on early stretch marks. Treatment seems to have little effect on mature stretch marks.
  • Massage the product into your stretch marks. Taking time to massage the product gently into your skin may make it more effective.
  • Apply the product every day for weeks. If you see results, they take weeks to appear.

Home remedies:

In studies, popular home remedies have not worked. Researchers found that none of the stretch marks faded when people massaged almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, or vitamin E into their stretch marks.

Tanning:

Tanning cannot get rid of stretch marks. When you tan, stretch marks become more noticeable because they don’t tan.

Self-tanner:

While tanning can make stretch marks more noticeable, a self-tanner can camouflage stretch marks — both early and mature ones. A self-tanner cannot get of rid of stretch marks.

Prescription medicine:

Two ingredients in prescription medicines seem to offer some relief:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Tretinoin

In two large studies, applying hyaluronic acid to early stretch marks made the stretch marks less noticeable.

Tretinoin is a retinoid, which may also make early stretch marks less noticeable. In one study, people who applied this prescription cream every night for 24 weeks had less noticeable stretch marks. Those who didn’t apply the cream saw their early stretch marks grow. Other studies have found similar results.

Retinol, another type of retinoid, may also help fade early stretch marks.

Procedures that dermatologists perform: 

Dermatologists use the following procedures to make stretch marks less noticeable, but none of these can get rid of stretch marks:

  • Chemical peel
  • Laser therapy
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Radiofrequency
  • Ultrasound

To give you the best results, your dermatologist may use more than one procedure. For example, your dermatologist may treat you with radiofrequency and a pulse dye laser.

With all procedures, side effects are possible. In the skilled hands of a board-certified dermatologist, side effects tend to be minor and temporary. It’s common to have some redness and swelling after a procedure. The redness and swelling tend to disappear in a few hours or days.

A dermatologist can tell you if any of these treatments would be suitable for you, given your health, age, and how long you’ve had the stretch marks.

Can anything prevent stretch marks?

Short answer: Maybe.

Researchers have discovered that many remedies said to prevent stretch marks don’t actually work. In studies, neither almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, nor vitamin E prevented stretch marks.

Other ingredients may work. Researchers have found that products containing centella or hyaluronic acid may help prevent stretch marks. Centella is an herb, and our skin naturally contains hyaluronic acid.

When to seek a dermatologist’s expertise

Stretch mark treatments that you can buy at a store or online can be expensive. If you find yourself spending a lot of time and money without getting any results, seeing a board-certified dermatologist can be helpful.

The in-office procedures have proven more effective than the creams, lotions, and gels. Dermatologists can also tell you about any new product or procedure that may help.

What do our products do?

Our Belly Paste was designed to really moisturize and support the skin. The ingredients we chose work with the skin to make it stronger and assist in the skin’s own natural healing processes.

We don’t claim that our Belly Paste can heal your stretch marks or scars, or take it away completely. But we have received so many good reviews about how our Belly Paste have helped with lightening stretch marks and scars.

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References:

https://www.aad.org/public/cosmetic/scars-stretch-marks/stretch-marks-why-appear

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