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Can a cream really erase stretch marks?

Updated on April 14, 2012

Vitamin A Cream to treat Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks occur during periods of hormonal changes such as pregnancy and puberty. Stretch Marks, medically known as striae, occur when the skin is suddenly stretched before it has time to grow. They can appear a red/pink color before fading to white. Stretch marks are deep scars occurring in the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin.

Vitamin A has been used for years to treat acne before it was found to help wrinkles and stretch marks. It acts as an anti-oxidant, destroying the free radicals which damage the skin. It is specifically helpful to treat stretch marks because it activates specific genes and proteins in the skin which are needed for new growth of epidermal and dermal cells. Therefore new unscarred skin is grown to replace the damaged scarred skin. Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblast cells that are responsible for producing new collagen. New collagen replaces the damaged collagen bundles that have been overly stretched.

Vitamin A should be applied topically to the skin every day for a period of at least 3 months. There are different types of natural and synthetic forms of Vitamin A known collectively as retinoids. Retinoic acid is the medical form of Vitamin A. A prescription is needed because of its adverse effects. Retinoic acid is an irritant to the skin causing redness, itching and peeling. Therefore it is essential to start with a milder form of Vitamin A.

Retinyl palmitate and acetate are the mildest forms of vitamin A and are often used in stretch mark creams. They have all the same benefits as retinoic acid but are milder and will not cause bad side effects. Tolerance to vitamin A can be built up, so by starting with retinyl palmitate then building up to use retinoic acid, side effects will be avoided. Retinaldehyde and retinol are stronger than retinyl acetate but milder than retinoic acid and do not need a prescription.

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      5 years ago

      I have found that using a cream that contains vitamin A certainly does help to heal stretch marks and I feel that cocoa butter didn't do much to help mine fade. I'm using a product now that contains both vitamins, butters and active ingredients for stretch marks and it seems to be working great. I bought Striae-Eraze online at


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