Q: Would you recommend retinol for stretch marks? Despite having an averaged-sized chest, I have serious tracks on my boobs. I've tried Dermarolling and 50 percent glycolic peels, but neither one worked very well in getting rid of them. (In fact, I may have made the skin more slack.) Any advice is appreciated. Thanks! — Kelly
A: Kelly, thank you for your question.
There are two types of stretch marks. New stretch marks are usually red, while older stretch marks are white. The newer they are, the easier it is to treat them.
Retinol will help stretch marks if they are still red.
If the stretch marks are white, then usually the effects are minimal.
Microdermabrasion can be used to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks by helping to smooth out their texture. Again, it works best on red stretch marks.
If the stretch marks are red, the use of pulsed dye lasers (such as Vbeam) has been shown to be quite effective.
For white stretch marks, I do not feel that any treatments offer significant improvement. Hopefully, there will be something in the future that will be better than what we have.
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Disclaimer: This information is for general purposes only and is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Dr. Solish recommends that you consult your physician or other medical professional for insight into your specific condition and medical options.