Stretch Marks – Can We Fade Them?

Alright, let’s talk stretch marks! They’re those streaks on your skin that can pop up when things like puberty, pregnancy, or weight changes happen. No biggie, they’re totally normal, but we get it—they can mess with your confidence. So, can we really do anything to make them less noticeable? Let’s chat about it!

What Causes Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks happen when your skin stretches too quickly, messing with the collagen production in the middle layer of your skin. This collagen breakdown leads to those lines we know as stretch marks. They start off as reddish or purplish lines and might fade over time to a lighter shade.

Treatments For Stretch Marks

So, how do you reduce them? Lots of products and treatments claim to work wonders, but it’s good to be skeptical and manage expectations. Here’s the breakdown on some common approaches:

  1. Topical Treatments: You’ve probably seen creams and oils with ingredients like retinoids and vitamin E promising to zap stretch marks. While they can help with skin hydration and elasticity, they might not work miracles for everyone.
  2. Medical Procedures: Dermatological procedures like laser therapy and microneedling aim to boost collagen and improve skin texture. They can be effective but might take multiple sessions and a chunk out of your wallet.
  3. Home Remedies: Natural remedies like aloe vera gel, or dry body brushing are popular DIY options. They can moisturize your skin and make it feel smoother, but don’t expect them to erase stretch marks completely.
  4. Healthy Habits: Eating right, staying hydrated, exercising, and taking care of your skin are always good ideas, regardless of having stretch marks. While they won’t magically make your stretch marks vanish, they can help prevent new ones and improve your overall skin health.

Managing Expectations

While treatments and lifestyle changes might help fade stretch marks, they probably won’t make them disappear entirely. Your skin type, genetics, and how old your stretch marks are all play a role. So, it’s a good idea to be realistic and chat with a dermatologist before diving into any treatment plan.


While there’s no magic fix for stretch marks, there are ways to make them less noticeable and boost your skin’s overall health. Whether you’re into creams, treatments, or just living your best life, remember to take it slow, be patient, and show your skin some love. After all, those stretch marks are just reminders of how amazing your body is!

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The “What”, “When” and “How” of Retinoids.

Ahh, the ingredient that stole my heart, and can confidently say is the Holy Grail of all skincare ingredients. There seems to be much discussion of retinoids over the last few years, but is that enough for you to fully understand it? Don’t worry, that’s why I’m here!


“What is Retinol?”

Retinol is derived from Vitamin A – an essential vitamin that plays a role in immune function, cellular growth, and more. This ingredient is a powerhouse and my personal favorite because it doesn’t just target one skincare concern, it targets an array of them. From wrinkles to pigmentation to acne, it addresses various issues. It also has a direct impact on the formation of collagen, resulting in healthy, firm, and youthful-looking skin.

When you hear people talking about retinol, you’ve probably also heard about Retin-A, Adapalene, Tretinoin, etc., but in reality, they are all a subcategory of Retinoids. Retinoids is the collective name, and the latter are all types of Retinoids. Great! Now that you know how to classify them, let’s take a closer look at each and their differences, in order of lowest concentration to highest.

  1. Retinol Palmitate: think ‘calm‘ and ‘palm.‘ This over-the-counter (OTC) retinoid is the least potent/calmest. This would be great for someone who has sensitive skin or doesn’t have many lines/wrinkles but wants to prevent aging in the future.
  2. Retinol: this is your standard type of Retinol, commonly found in skincare products, in concentrations of 0.1% to 1%. All skin types can use Retinol and it is still safe enough to use on sensitive skin types, but at the lowest concentration.
  3. Retinaldehyde: this is an OTC retinoid that is slightly stronger than Retinol. It is still safe enough to use on all skin types.
  4. Adapalene: this can be bought OTC or via prescription. Adapalene is stronger than retinol, but again, well tolerated by most skin types. This is commonly prescribed for the treatment of acne.
  5. Tretinoin: this is available via prescription only. This is suitable for someone who has tried Retinol but wants to move up to something stronger. It’s advisable to begin Tretinoin at a low dose initially.
  6. Tazarotene: this is the most powerful, prescription-strength retinoid. his retinoid delivers faster results, but it also carries a higher risk of irritation compared to other retinoids.


“When can I start using retinoids?”

If used in the right concentration and alongside the right concerns, retinoids are a great addition to skincare routines for individuals in their 20s all the way to their 60s. However, since it has numerous strengths, it’s advisable to consult a professional before using it. That can be anyone from a skincare therapist, a pharmacist, or your doctor.


“How can I start using retinoids in my skincare routine?”

Now that you know there are many different types of retinoids on the market, when to apply them in your routine will depend on the strength and type of Retinoid that you are using. As a general rule, you’ll want to use it after cleansing and before moisturizing. After moisturizing, SPF is absolutely crucial. The Retinol that I swear by and use in my own routine is by The Purest Solutions and is in a 1% formulation. in a new tab)


Retinol is easily the most important ingredient in my skincare routine. It has kept my acne at bay and largely reduced the pigmentation on my skin.
Don’t let the variety of options scare you away – remember, the more, the merrier! Reach out to a professional in the industry to assist you, or alternatively, engage in a chat with one of the trainers here at Beautique Academy. We’d be delighted to discuss it with you!

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