Most women know that using rich, moisturizing ingredients like shea and cocoa butter on the belly is a must during pregnancy. They keep the skin moist and softened to help prevent stretch marks from developing during weight gain. What may be news to many people is that tretinoin (commonly known by brand name “Retin-A”) can improve stretch marks that have already formed on the body. Studies indicate that using .1% tretinoin daily within 6 months of their appearance can cause a significant reduction in both the length and width of stretch marks.
In the case of pregnancy-induced stretch marks, consult a physician first. Tretinoin is not appropriate for women that are breastfeeding or pregnant. For those mothers who are not a candidate for using tretinoin, despair not! Stretch marks become much less noticeable in the months after giving birth.