Moisturizers and Vitamin Creams - Stretch Marks - iVillage Beauty Body Spa

If caught in the early stages, stretch marks can be minimized with over-the-counter moisturizing creams. Vitamin E oil, which assists in general skin healing and condition, can reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Vitamin A is also a good emollient, but it's not as effective as its chemically created cousin, tretinoin, or Retin-A, which attaches itself to a receptor on the skin cells to help exfoliate the skin and form healthy new cells. Though these creams are effective in moisturizing the outer skin layer, they can't always penetrate deep into the dermis where stretch marks occur (and they can't completely change a pre-existing skin condition which is why they work best on stretch marks that are just forming).

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