Stretch marks cannot be cured, but can be improved, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

While you can’t completely erase stretch marks, there are certain options that aid in softening their appearance. Many individuals dealing with this concern visit their dermatologist and receive a prescription for Retin-A, which works by stimulating cellular renewal. This prescription is ideal for those with oily complexions, but is suitable for most skin types. For those who are unsure about using Retin-A, there are plenty of other options.

Topical stretch mark treatments are great alternatives to Retin-A products, according to Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex ES contains the highest non-prescription concentration of retinol allowed. This treatment boosts collagen production and elasticity to create a firmer, more youthful appearance. For a natural formula, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends Phytomer SeaTonic Stretch Mark Reduction Cream, which uses marine alternatives to improve stretch marks. StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles uses niacin and peptides to help fade the appearance of stretch marks.

Each of these products aid in lightening the color of stretch marks to create a more even skin tone. Regular use of these formulas will promote visible results.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also suggests in-office procedures to minimize stretch marks.

Certain treatments and procedures such as Pellevé and the SilkPeel can also improve the appearance of these imperfections. Pellevé is a non-invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency technology to increase collagen production and improve skin texture and appearance. It heats the skin to stimulate collagen and requires no anesthesia or downtime.

SilkPeels are non-invasive treatments that deliver patient-specific solutions to the skin without crystal or chemical exfoliants. This procedure doesn’t cause irritation or inflammation as it brightens, hydrates and improves skin.

Watch more videos from Dr. Joel Schlessinger on his YouTube channel.

Posted Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 9:44 pm
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