Gridlock. Spam. Irritating coworkers. Certain problems are beyond our control—stretch marks included. And while a new U.K. study found that 90 percent of pregnant women face these skin problems, there are still steps one can take to reduce their appearance. Anne Chapas, M.D., of NYC's Union Square Laser Dermatology, offers her best tips.
- Treat Early
The newer the stretch mark, the easier it is to remedy, so begin moisturizing your stomach, legs and butt with an oil-based lotion ASAP.
- Don't Get Fancy
No need to spend a bundle on a pricey tonic. Just look for a fragrance-free lotion that has hyaluronic acid, which locks in moisture.
- Keep It Up
Once you’re done breastfeeding, you can start using scar treatment cream, like Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy or prescription Retin-A, to fade those pesky pink lines.