When it comes to preventing the occurrence of stretch marks on the skin, topical cream ingredients like vitamin A retinoic acid, emu oil, rose hip oil, cocoa butter, Shea butter oil, Aloe Vera butter, squalene, and olive oil are effective. However, when it comes to treating the dermal lesions, these creams don’t really help to improve the skin’s appearance. Studies show that even products that contain vitamin E don’t do any difference on the marks.

Collagen and Elastin Cream Ingredients

While the growing popularity of collagen-rich products has heightened by the moment, consumers fail to see what experts are meticulously looking at. Yes, collagen is essential in the construction, maintenance, and repair of the skin’s connective tissues; but when incorporated in topical creams, the problem of how to let the collagen molecule penetrate the outer layer of the skin in the first place has been overlooked. Whether this fact is deliberately ignored or not, products containing collagen can’t do any good unless it uses the system of lipolysis. Collagen molecules to start with are relatively large.

Vitamin A Prescription Cream Ingredient Derivatives

Products containing Retinol A or those in the form of tretinoin cream are often more effective in terms of penetrating the outer layers of the skin. This is mainly because retinol A and tretinoin compounds have the capability of thinning out the surface of the skin. These vitamin A derivatives also have the ability to stimulate collagen production which is helpful in improving the texture and appearance of the skin. Products containing these cream ingredients may erase stretch marks on the skin at their early stages. As much as the compound is effective, it has a lot of side effects. If used excessively, a tretinoin cream can cause skin thickening and skin damage when overexposed to sunlight. It is therefore important to seek medical advice first before using this product for stretch mark or any skin problem. Pregnant and/or breastfeeding women should avoid using these products.

Chemical Peels as a Cream Ingredient

Stretch mark treatment creams that contain glycolic acid, tretinoin, citric acid, lactic acid or some other forms of the acidic hydroxyl were put into the test. Results show that stretch mark products containing L-ascorbic acid and tretinoin can help alleviate stretch marks if they are used on a daily basis. However, they induce scaling and redness and should not be used by pregnant women as they can adversely damage the unborn child.

Let’s face it! Topical treatment creams like tretinoin cream that contain acids, elastin and collagen may minimize the appearance of stretch marks on the skin, but it can’t really treat the root cause of the scars that lie underneath. The best that be done then is to use the product regularly or as prescribed. What the cream ingredients do is that they plump-up the surface of the skin, softening it and minimizing the unsightly streaks only for a short period of time.

Author's Bio: 

Those tretinoin cream product campaigns may have enticed you to try it, but it is still best to known the product firsthand before hitting the shelves. Tretinoin creams may or may not remove those unsightly stretch marks on the skin. This article lays out the pros and cons of using stretch marks products that contain tretinoin and other heavily publicized stretch marks cream ingredients.