How to Find the Best Stretch Mark Cream for your Particular Condition
Hi, my name is Stephanie! I’m a mother of 2 boys aged 3 and 6, and I first got stretch marks after getting pregnant with my first child.
I started this blog originally to document my personal battle with stretch marks, including what worked and what didn’t, so hopefully others with similar problems can find a suitable solution.
I realized there’s only so much I can talk about for stretch marks, so I’m also exploring publishing new beauty related topics.
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How to get rid of stretch marks fast? This is a pressing problem faced by many people with stretch marks. While the fastest solution would probably be laser stretch mark removal, not everyone is comfortable with this option due to cost, safety and other considerations. Laser surgery for stretch marks is also not typically covered by health insurance providers.
Stretch mark creams are a good alternative to more invasive options like laser and cosmetic surgery. However, stretch mark creams come in a huge variety and it may be difficult to know whether a particular cream will be effective before actually using it. In this article, we will offer tips in finding the best stretch mark cream for your condition. First, you need to understand the cause of your stretch marks.
Main Causes of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks develop when the skin is stretched at a rapid pace. While there are many reasons as to why this would occur, the 3 leading causes of stretch marks are:
- Sudden weight gain due to dietary factors or medical conditions
Pregnancy leads to rapid weight gain in women. Once the skin is distressed to the point where it cannot adapt to the sudden change in weight, stretch marks will start to show.
A sudden increase in body mass due to a change in diet, medical conditions, or bodybuilding may also result in the skin being stretched to the point where it develops stretch marks. Bodybuilders typically find stretch marks on their arms, back and legs.
Finding the Best Stretch Mark Cream that Suits Your Condition
There is no one-size-fits-all stretch mark cream. Those who do not do proper research before purchasing creams find that they spend lots of money and time on products that do not work well. For instance, a cream that works well for pregnancy stretch marks might not be as affective for stretch marks that are caused by bodybuilding.
If stretch marks are due to bodybuilding, there is some anecdotal evidence that cocoa butter works well. Since bodybuilders have a very high amount of muscle mass, some have also recommended the use of deep penetrating creams. For example, some bodybuilders have claimed that their doctors recommend creams like Mederma and have seen good results.
For pregnant and nursing women, doctors strongly advise against using products that contain retinol. This active ingredient is contained in prescription medications such as Differin and Retin-A. Instead, it is suggested that women use creams that contain natural ingredients such as cocoa butter and shea butter. Therefore, natural creams or home remedies will be the best option for pregnant women.
Different Categories of Stretch Mark Creams & their Ingredients
You also need to understand that there are 3 distinct categories of stretch mark creams, and they differ a lot in terms of cost, safety and availability.
Prescription Creams : Prescribed creams such as Renova and Retin-A (Tretinoin Topical) contain a high concentrated amount of vitamin A. The ingredients contained in such creams accelerate the shedding of old skin cells and promote new cell growth, hence fading stretch marks over time. These creams can only be obtained through prescriptions, as there are risks of serious allergies or complications if they are not properly applied.
Over-the-counter-creams : One of the most recognized stretch mark creams is called Trilastin SR. Though it is on the expensive side, it has been proven to provide great results. Creams such as this include ingredients like vitamin A, vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract, Vitamin B5, and aloe vera.
Creams with natural ingredients: This type of cream contains natural ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, aloe vera, and also extracts from aromatic oils like avocado and jojoba. If you are concerned about complications, especially if you are pregnant or suffer from other medical conditions, you can consider these creams. However, it is best to consult a doctor before embarking on any sort of treatment if you have existing conditions.
Summary: Key Factors to Consider when Choosing Stretch Mark Creams
To summarize, you need to consider these factors carefully before buying any stretch mark cream:
- Natural or synthetic ingredients
- Type of stretch marks (different creams tend to work better for different conditions)
- Prescription or over-the-counter
- Reviews (what people are saying about the product)