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How to Completely Get Rid of Stretch Marks

Once you notice stretch marks on your skin, you might think you'll have to live with them for the rest of your life. But that's not the case. While newer, red stretch marks are easier to get rid of than older, white ones, you can still completely get rid of stretch marks with a bit of persistence, determination and patience. A well-qualified dermatologist couldn't hurt, either.

Apply a topical cream to your stretch marks like Retin-A. A retinoid cream tightens blood vessels, says Marie Claire, and speeds up collagen production, helping to fill in the gaps and dents in newer stretch marks. With daily application, you should see your stretch marks fade within a few months.

Apply a chemical peel cream to your stretch marks. The sooner you start this treatment the better. According to DERMAdoctor, use 20-percent glycolic acid that's been mixed in a lotion. Several brands offer this to provide the peeling action of glycolic acid in a less direct and harsh form. Or, go to your dermatologist's office and undergo a real chemical peel. Glycolic acid will be placed on your stretch marks after the areas is cleansed. This may sting. Then, it's rinsed off. Your skin will be red and peel for a week or so following treatment. Several sessions are needed to completely get rid of stretch marks.

Look into laser therapy to get rid of your stretch marks. Dual laser therapy boosts collagen and elastin production beneath the surface of the skin. This will fill in your stretch marks and make them more even with the rest of your skin. During this procedure, a laser is shone on your stretch marks. While it won't damage the skin's surface, it can leave bruising behind. Your dermatologist can fill you in on all the pros and cons of laser therapy.

Things You'll Need

  • Topical retinoid cream
  • Glycolic acid peel
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About the Author

Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.