BAZAAR: The 16 Best Stretch Mark Creams of 2023
"If you're one of the millions of people with stretch marks—congrats! You're completely normal. “Stretch marks are common and harmless,” Birmingham, Alabama–based dermatologist and founder of Founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology, Corey L. Hartman, says. “Although, many people do not like the look of them.” Stretch marks appear on the body when skin expands or contracts rapidly, which most commonly occurs from pregnancy, rapid weight loss or gain, and puberty. “When the skin quickly changes, it causes a disruption in collagen and elastin, which act as the building blocks for renewed skin, and this manifests as stretch marks," he says.
The bottom line: Stretch marks are scars, so most solutions can help to fade the scar, but cannot completely rid the mark. Creams that have skin-loving ingredients like vitamin A and E (the former promotes the growth of new collagen and elastin, while the later hydrates and heals skin) will smooth and replenish skin overtime, which contributes to minimizing the stripes. Ahead, the 16 skin-loving formulas that can help deeply moisturize and fade stretch marks."
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