Stretch Marks Dr Seife

Their severity is affected by several factors, including your genetics and the degree of stress on the skin. Your level of the hormone cortisol also might play a role. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands.

Treatment

Stretch marks don't require treatment. They are harmless and often fade over time. Treatment can make them fade, but they may never completely disappear.

The following treatments are among those available to help improve the appearance and texture of stretch marks. None has been proved to be more consistently successful than the others.

  • Retinoid cream. Derived from vitamin A, retinoids — such as tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova, Avita) — that you apply to your skin may improve the appearance of stretch marks less than a few months old. Tretinoin, when it works, helps to rebuild a protein in the skin called collagen, making the stretch marks look more like your normal skin. Tretinoin can irritate your skin.

    If you're pregnant or nursing, talk with your health care provider about other treatment options, because possible side effects of retinoid cream may affect the baby.

  • Light and laser therapies. A variety of light and laser therapies are available that might stimulate growth of collagen or promote elasticity. Your health care provider can help you determine which technique is right for you.
  • Microneedling. This treatment involves a hand-held device with tiny needles that stimulate collagen growth. This technique has less risk of skin color changes than does laser therapy so is the preferred first approach for people with darker skin.