The Best Stretch Mark Creams to Use When You're Pregnant
Unfortunately, getting rid of pesky stretch marks -- whether from pregnancy or fluctuations in weight -- is no easy feat. Here are the best stretch mark creams on the market, as well as tips on how to use them correctly so you achieve real results
Post-pregnancy: prescription-strength retinoids Even if you're past the point of preventative measures, all hope isn't lost. "The best thing is to treat stretch marks when they're new -- and when they're new they're red," explains Frank. "The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to treat them." If you have new (or new-ish) stretch marks, Frank recommends a prescription-strength retinoid cream like retin-A, which will speed up your skin's cell turnover rate to reveal new, stretch-mark-free skin. Just remember: Doctors do not suggest using retinoids of any kind while you're pregnant, so this plan of action is strictly for the post-partum set.
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