Stretch marks are discolored streaks in skin that can develop just about anywhere on the body. Common areas vulnerable to stretch marks are the hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, abdomen and chest. They usually surface during adolescence, pregnancy, weight gain or hormone fluctuation. And unfortunately, once they appear, they are there to stay. Having stretch marks is not a serious medical condition, but treatments exist to help reduce their appearance. There are many stretch mark products on the market. To help narrow them down, Marie Claire magazine chose its favorites, advising that “with continual use, short-term skin-smoothing solutions improve skin texture to make stretch marks less visible.”
StriVectin-SD cream was originally formulated to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. StriVectin’s website states that the components within the product are “backed by clinical trials documenting their ability to visibly reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks.” It is also marketed as a face cream to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Lierac Phytolastil Soluté
Lierac Phytolastil Soluté claims to be Europe’s No. 1 doctor recommended treatment. The solution is 80 percent alchemilla, ivy and horsetail extracts. According to the company’s website, daily use will result in “diminished pigmentation, width and length of stretch marks.”
This Works: Stretch Mark Oil
This company’s Stretch Mark Oil has been specifically formulated for use during pregnancy. This Works: Stretch Mark Oil prevents stretch marks from forming and heals scar tissue. The ingredients include 15 plant and essential oils, including passion fruit seed oil, gold of pleasure oil, rose hip seed oil and coconut oil. This Works: Stretch Mark Oil is rich in antioxidants, linoleic acid and Omega 3.
According to its website, Bio-Oil improves the appearance of stretch marks, scars and uneven skin tone. The product’s formulation also revitalizes dehydrated skin. In a clinical test, 50 percent of the subjects noticed a reduction in redness and tone, 40 percent noticed improvements in height and width and 20 percent saw elasticity improvement after eight weeks.
Decléor Perfect Sculpt
Decléor Perfect Sculpt reduces the appearance of stretch marks through intensive firming that promotes the restructuring of the skin. It is suitable for pregnant women, as well. The company states that it has eight essential oils and other ingredients to “fight the main causes and consequences of loss of body firmness and the appearance of unsightly marks.”