Whether you’re using a cream to get rid of stretch marks or having surgical or spa treatments done to remove them, it’s always a good idea to accompany these solutions with exfoliation. This process is a core part of nearly every beauty regimen. Why? Because it helps to get rid of dead or damaged skin cells and make way for new, healthy ones.

Tips for Exfoliating Your Stretch Marks

This video by Expert Village, while not of the greatest recording quality, provides some great tips and information that will teach you how to properly exfoliate the skin.

This tutorial focuses on the face but the same techniques can be used to exfoliate areas like your stomach and thighs where stretch marks commonly appear. Doing so will help to remove the scarred and discolored skin cells. Exfoliating the affected area every couple of days will help speed up your results.

If you are having professional laser or surgical treatments done be sure to consult your physician before doing this just to make sure it’s 100% safe to do so. You may have to wait a few days after a treatment session before starting exfoliation to allow the skin to heal properly.

Recommended Products

Looking for the right stretch mark removal cream to use after exfoliating to diminish and, eventually, completely eradicate marks from your body? We’ve reviewed countless topical treatments and have narrowed down the selection a bit.

Based on effectiveness, affordability, and ease of use, the we have found that the best stretch mark creams available are TriLastin-SR and Mederma stretch mark cream. TriLastin is especially potent and capable of working as both a preventative solution and an after-care product. Mederma, on the other hand, is primarily designed to be used to prevent marks from occurring while pregnant.

Both of these products have been proven effective and safe by clinical studies and countless “real” consumers. Both have high approval ratings meaning, most users agree that the creams do work well to prevent stretch marks or minimize their appearance.