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There are many products on the market said to treat stretch marks but not all of them work. Here is a break down of certain products and if they really work or not.

Wheat Germ Oil:  There is no scientific evidence that wheat germ oil does much in treating stretch marks, but it may help reduce the appearance in the early stage. 

Glycolic acid: This is an alpha hydroxy acid. It most likely works on stretch marks by boosting collagen production, Baumann says. Treatments can be provided and administered by dermatologist at higher doses but the cost is about $100.

Vitamin c: Taking about 500 mg of vitamin c, 3 times a day, as well as using alpha hydroxy acid, can help reduce stretch marks as well.

Peptide- containing products- There is no scientific evidence that these work and they are a waste of break

Retinoids- These drugs have given results to improving elasticity in skin during the early stages of stretch marks. These drugs should be avoided during pregnancy and nuring but here are a list of examples:

  • retinol
  • tretinoin
  • Differin
  • Renova
  • Retin-A
  • Tazorac

Glycolic acid plus retinoids- Both of these together show better results, remember not to use retinoids during pregnancy or if nursing.

Laser treatment- This is a very costly way to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Each session costs about $450 and many treatments are needed, to make an improvement.

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Added: 3/24/2013 10:07:53 AM

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