It has been argued that effective treatment of stretch marks should be instituted during the active stage, well before the scarring process is complete.
Despite technically having no solutions, there are treatments that are available for how to remove red stretch marks and other types of scarring. None of these have been proven to be more consistently successful than the others.
Method #1 for How To Remove Red Stretch Marks: Retinoid Cream
Derived from vitamin A, retinoids — such as tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova, Avita) — that you apply to your skin may improve the appearance of stretch marks less than a few months old. Tretinoin, when it works, helps to rebuild a protein in the skin called collagen, making the stretch marks look more like your normal skin. However, tretinoin can irritate your skin.
If you’re pregnant or nursing, talk with your doctor about other treatment options, because possible side effects of retinoid cream may affect the baby.
Method #2 for How To Remove Red Stretch Marks: Light and Laser Therapies
A variety of light and laser therapies are available that might stimulate the growth of collagen or promote elasticity. Your doctor can help you determine which technique is appropriate for you.
Method #3 for How To Remove Red Stretch Marks: Microneedling
This type of treatment involves a hand-held device with tiny needles that stimulate collagen growth. This technique has less risk of pigmentation changes than does laser therapy so is the preferred initial approach for people with skin of color.
A 2017 study saw calcium hydroxylapatite combined with microneedling and ascorbic acid to treat stretch marks. That study concluded that combining 1:1 diluted calcium hydroxylapatite with microneedling and topical ascorbic proved to be safe and effective for treating stretch marks.
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