The Best Products for Stretch Marks
Treating stretch marks can sometimes feel like a game of chance. There are countless products on the market that promise to reduce (if not get rid of) stretch marks, but oftentimes the results are minimal at best. Instead of rolling the dice on one of our most demanding beauty questions, we chatted with Dr. Lauren Ploch, MEd, FAAD; member of the American Academy of Dermatology. She clued us into her must-have products for reducing and eliminating the appearance of stretch marks. If you want to know how to erase stretch marks, Dr. Ploch recommends starting early. Treat them when they’re still reddish or purplish in color for the best results. There are plenty of products on the market formulated for pregnancy stretch marks, but Dr. Ploch’s recommended products for stretch marks can work for a variety of women at any stage in life. If you’ve tried everything and still have pesky stretch marks, give Dr. Ploch’s regimen a try—before you book that laser treatment.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Buy It: $165; dermstore.com
In order to produce more collagen and heal stretch marks, skin needs plenty of Vitamin C. Dr. Ploch recommends SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, which packs a whopping 15% pure Vitamin C in each bottle. Use the serum daily on stretch marks as well as anywhere else you want to reduce signs of aging and environmental skin damage.
EltaMD UV Lotion Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Plus
Buy It: $34; dermstore.com
After applying SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, or another Vitamin C-rich serum, follow up with a sunscreen to protect the area from the sun. Dr. Ploch says to look for sunscreens that have either zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as the main ingredient. EltaMD UV Lotion is her favorite for everyday use.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
Buy It: $16; dermstore.com
If your stretch marks are minimal or don’t bother you too much, you may be able to temporarily minimize their appearance with a moisturizer that contains ceramides, such as CeraVe Moisturizing Cream.
AmLactin Ultra Triple Action Alpha Hydroxy Therapy
Buy It: $16; dermstore.com
“For an added benefit, hydroxy acids may help to exfoliate the skin and minimize the appearance of stretch marks,” says Dr. Ploch. She recommends AmLactin Hydrating Body Cream.
SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream
Buy It: $76; dermstore.com
Retinoids are a proven treatment for early stretch marks, says Dr. Ploch. She recommends nightly application. You can get them over the counter as a retinoid (shown here), as a tretinoin prescription, or from a physician’s office. “I tend to use higher strength retinoids for stretch marks because it’s important to be aggressive and treat them when they first appear.”