Do you have stretch marks that you want to get rid off as soon as possible? Do they seem to bother you as it limits the number of clothes that you can wear? Have you ever gone to beauty shops and searched for the best stretch mark cream? The battle for the best stretch mark cream in the market is endless. More pharmaceutical companies are producing it with claims that their products are effective. There is no specific evidence showing that these products actually do work. However, there are numerous preparations out there that can vastly improve the appearance of stretch marks and accelerate their disappearance. But what are the current top selling brands available in the market?
One of the top selling stretch mark creams in the market is StriVectin-SD. Clinical studies have actually shown that this cream can improve the appearance of stretch marks. Ninety three per cent of subjects in a clinical trial who used StriVectin-SD found a reduction in the actual length and depth of their stretch marks as well as an improvement in skin texture. It acts well on both old and new stretch marks. You can use this product three times a day. Possible adverse reaction may include itching, slight redness and rash.
Another popular brand that is effective in treating stretch marks is Tretinoin (Retin-A). It improves the clinical appearance of early, active stretch marks. Tretinoin is a derivative from Vitamin A but is more effective since it thins the epidermis and penetrates into the dermis, the site of stretch mark development. Once it penetrates the dermis, it then increase collagen production that will eventually improve the skin’s texture and appearance. Possible adverse effects are stinging, swelling and redness of the skin. This product is not safe to be used by pregnant women.
The use of Mederma is also effective if the stretch marks are in its early stage of development. This product however, is safe to be used by pregnant women or while breastfeeding since this is derived from a natural product, onion extract. Recommended application is three to four times a week for around two months.
Cellec-C High Potency Serum
Another effective product, Cellec-C High Potency Serum works by encouraging fibroplasts to generate collagen and elastin fibers, which plays a big role in preventing the formation of stretch marks. It also uses 10% Cellex-C Vitamin C to promote skin health and collagen support, It is also safe to use while pregnant.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream
And lastly, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream with Vitamin E. Though there is no evidence to prove the efficacy of cocoa butter or Vitamin E in removing or preventing stretch marks, women who have used it can attest that they are effective using the two ingredients. It is also a rich emollient that keeps your skin smooth and supple. It is very safe to use for pregnant women and is inexpensive.
With the choices given above, it is up to you to choose what is best or what will work for you. You have to keep in mind though that some products are not safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. Like any anti cellulite cream, not enough evidence can support their claims to prevent and diminish stretch marks. Consulting your dermatologist or your OB-Gynecologist will help you select what is best for you.