Skin Care and Treatments of Melbourne Dermatology - Stretch Marks — Treatment

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Stretch Marks — Treatment

Some stretch mark treatments can help prevent the development of striae (the medical name for the condition) during periods of weight gain or loss, or changes in body shape, when the skin cannot adjust in time.

Their principle mode of action is to impregnate the skin with collagen and elastin supporting substances while providing increasing skin flexibility through lasting, humid (non-oily) moisturisation.

Combined these effects reduce the likelihood of the dermis tearing and scarring.

The most effective but expensive option of retinol plus glycolic acid is the most effective, but is usually only feasible for use on smaller areas. Retinoids have been scientifically proven as effective.

Newly formed stretch marks (less than a few weeks old) may be treated using any of the below.

Expect modest results after several months of twice daily use.

Regrettably no topical is currently effective on stretch marks which have finished forming (are no longer changing in size). These stretch marks will fade from purple to white over a period of years without intervention.

These treatments are not for facial use unless so recommended or prescribed by your treating skincare professional.

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