5 Products That Actually Help Prevent Stretch Marks

Jun 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET
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Unless you’re one of the few humans who’s fond of spidery, wiggly purple and red marks across your belly, thighs, butt and boobs (and if you are, we salute you; please teach us how to be you), then we’d like to declare that stretch marks are a pain in the ass. And — don’t shoot the messenger — but regardless of what you’ve read on the internet or what your grandmother swears by, there is no true way to completely prevent 100 percent of stretch marks.

But before you give up all hope and throw away every pair of shorts in your closet, we’re here with a surprisingly positive alternative. Find peace and comfort in your body’s natural progression through life and love your stretch marks just as they are. Or a second alternative: Slather them with products specifically formulated to plump fine lines, smooth bumpy patches and lighten those deep, dark marks.

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Products That Actually Help Prevent Stretch Marks:
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First, know this: Your stretch marks are often totally unavoidable, appearing during pregnancy or after rapidly losing or gaining weight. “Your skin can’t cope with extreme tension changes in short periods of time, and that can result in permanent damage to your skin collagen, leading to stretch marks.” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner.

And while the only real way to prevent stretch marks would be to go into your DNA and change its coding — which is obviously super-easy — you can still help mitigate their appearance by using ultra-protective moisturizers, gently exfoliating lactic acid and if you’re not pregnant, wrinkle-fighting retinoids. And to help guide you in the right direction, we combed through every stretch mark-fighting product on the market, eliminating all of the ineffective formulas with unrealistic promises, to present to you only the best of the best products. See all five of them below, and get slathering.

A moisturizer that totally smooths bumpy, irregular skin...

Products That Actually Help Prevent Stretch Marks: AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion | Skin care
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AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion (Target, $13.99)

A lotion that fades light-colored stretch marks...

Products That Actually Help Prevent Stretch Marks: AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion | Skin care
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Alpha Skin Care Revitalizing Body Lotion with 12 percent glycolic AHA (DermStore, $21.25)

A lotion that forms a protective, hydrating shield on skin...

Products That Actually Help Prevent Stretch Marks:
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Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion (Walgreens, $4.19)

A pregnancy-approved oil that keeps skin soft & pliable...

Products That Actually Help Prevent Stretch Marks: Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion | summer skin care
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Bio-Oil (Ulta, $19.99)

A retinol that plumps skin & stimulates collagen production...

Products That Actually Help Prevent Stretch Marks: Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion | summer skin care
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Paula’s Choice Resist Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment (Paula’s Choice, $27)

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