1. Use a moisturizer. A study comparing herbal moisturizers found that people who lotioned-up daily showed significant improvement in skin appearance and elasticity. Think of it this way: if your skin has a lot of stretching to do, it’s less likely to tear and create stretch marks if it’s hydrated.
2. Use Retin-A. A study from the University of Michigan suggests that people who use Retin-A (or a retinoic acid cream) on new stretch marks saw huge improvements. Retin-A is thought to boost collagen production, helping skin stretch out and avoid tears.
3. Use Lextrin. Lextrin is a FDA registered stretch mark cream that contains high potency of natural essential oils and vitamins that help treat and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Its active ingredients are hyarulonic acid, thuja occidentalis and centella asiatica which have been proven to reduce the appearance of stretch marks in as little as 2 weeks. Treatment can take up to 3 months to complete.
4. Use glycolic acid. Glycolic acid used on stretch marks can increase collagen production, as making your skin more elastic overall. As an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), it’s in the same family of compounds often used in chemical skin peels.
5. Try Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil is often said to be the miracle cure for stretch marks, though one study shows that it’s most effective on women who have already been pregnant before, and has not been effective in general use. Still, it can’t hurt in moderate doses.
6. Egg Oil. Egg Oil if used regularly from the first trimester, can prevent pregnancy related stretch marks from appearing. Gently massage Egg Oil over the entire abdomen twice a day starting from the 8th week of pregnancy until 6 months after delivery.
* Drink enough water, as the skin loses its elasticity when you are dehydrated. Being at a healthy weight also helps.
* Use Vaseline .
* You probably shouldn’t spend tens of thousands of dollars on a tummy tuck, because even after it, weight gain might cause new stretch marks to appear.
* Make sure you’re eating a nutrient based diet. You want to make sure that your skin is getting the proper nutrition so that it can repair and stay healthy.
* For older stretch marks, use an SPF 60 or higher directly on the stretch marks…the tanning with a HGH SPF seems to make it less visible and if you work out..that’s a huge help.
* Work out!
* Bio-oil is also very good for fading stretch marks.
* Without surgical procedures, it is virtually impossible to fully remove stretch marks, as they are actually tears/scars in the dermis (middle layer) of skin and the stretch marks are the results of the healing.
* Stretch mark removal is usually not covered by insurance because it’s a cosmetic procedure.