No matter your age or weight, you could develop stretch marks on your hips, thighs and stomach. According to MarieClaire.com stretch marks are most often caused by excessive exercise, weight change or pregnancy — and they may be red or white. While no topical product will remove stretch marks completely, certain lotions and oils can reduce their appearance and make them less noticeable.
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This Works Stretch Mark Oil
In an article that lists the best stretch mark treatments, MarieClaire.com recommends This Works Stretch Mark Oil, which is 100 percent natural. It claims to be designed specifically to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and make your skin look more even in tone. The product contains 15 essential oils to moisturize, replenish and soothe your skin—these include passion fruit seed, rose hip and neroli oils. It stimulates cell renewal and growth, which helps to diminish stretch marks and other signs of skin aging. The company notes that this oil can also firm and tone your skin, and that it can help promote circulation. In addition, This Works Stretch Mark Oil says you can use this product while you are pregnant to help prevent stretch marks before they form.
Mederma Skin Care for Scars
InStyle.com chose Mederma Skin Care for Scars as the best stretch mark cream in 2006. Dermatologist Jessica Wu states that stretch marks are scars, and the product’s onion extract helps speed up skin’s healing process, according to InStyle.com. The original Mederma Scar Gel helps soften the texture of your skin and reduce the appearance of marks or discolorations. You can also try using Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy, which has been formulated specifically to treat stretch marks. It helps lessen discolorations, make your skin softer and decrease the appearance of marks. Like the gel, it contains cepalin, as well as a blend of hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica. The company notes that 8 out of 10 women saw an improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks after applying the product twice a day for 12 weeks.
MarieClaire.com puts Bio-Oil on their list of the most effective stretch mark treatments. It contains no preservatives and uses a blend of vitamins and essential oils to soften skin and improve its texture. These include vitamin A to enhance skin’s elasticity, vitamin E to moisturize, calendula oil to condition, lavender oil to soothe and chamomile oil to improve tone and texture. The oil helps fade your current stretch marks and make them feel softer while refining your skin’s overall tone. Bio-Oil will also help increase your skin’s elasticity, which will aid in preventing stretch marks from forming in the future.