Best stretch mark creams to use at home

What are stretch marks? 

Stretch marks occur when your experience sudden growth – either in puberty, as a result of weight gain or pregnancy and even because of exercise and muscle gain. Both men and women can get them and they can appear on many body parts, including the arms, stomach or buttocks. They appear in the form of thin purple or white lines (they start out as purple and gradually fade in color as time goes on).

What causes them?

Like we already said, stretch marks are caused by sudden growth in combination with a lack of collagen – our body’s protein responsible for keeping skin elastic and supple. If for some reason your skin doesn’t get the right amount of collagen, the result will be stretch marks.

Do they pose a health risk?

Stretch marks are in no way a risk to your health, but people often dislike them and want to lessen their appearance because of aesthetic reasons.

How to treat stretch marks?

There are several options:

  • body creams
  • body lotions
  • scrubs
  • serums
  • microdermabrasion
  • microneedling
  • laser treatment

We will focus on solutions available daily and at home, especially creams because they are still the most widely used. If you skip peeling and serum, chances are you will still use a stretch mark cream because it’s the easiest and most economic option.

Common ingredients found in stretch mark creams:

  • shea butter
  • cocoa butter
  • vitamin E
  • vitamin C
  • argan oil, almond oil, apricot kernel oil, olive oil
  • hyaluronic acid
  • green tea extract
  • ceramides
  • avocado

How do these stretch mark creams work?

When considering stretch mark creams, you probably want them to have two noticeable effects on your skin: the ability to lighten existing stretch marks and the ability to prevent the forming of any future stretch marks. Most products combine both properties for an all-around treatment.

Our favorite products

COS Naturals Stretch Marks and Scar Cream

Price: $24.95

Prevention: Yes

Treatment of existing stretch marks: Yes

Main ingredients: vitamins E, C and B, hyaluronic acid

Thena Mother’s Glow Belly & Body Oil

Price: $25.87

Prevention: Yes (to be used during pregnancy)

Treatment of existing stretch marks: No

Main ingredients: natural plant collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, coconut oil, arnica extract

Elancyl Stretch Mark Prevention Cream

Price: $32.92

Prevention: Yes

Treatment of existing stretch marks: Yes (to be used during pregnancy)

Main ingredients: vitamin E, safflower oil

Lancs Stretch Mark Prevention Cream

Price: $33.99

Prevention: Yes (to be used during pregnancy)

Treatment of existing stretch marks: No

Main ingredients: natural plant extracts – aloe vera, oat, liquorice, centella asiatica (gotu kola)

Amar Botanica Anti-Stretch Mark Cream

Price: $47

Prevention: Yes

Treatment of existing stretch marks: Yes

Main ingredients: natural spring water, organic shea butter, cold pressed avocado oil, bitter almond extract, gluconolactone

These stretch mark creams offer a perfect combination of ingredients for every skin type and need. Keep in mind they all have different consistencies and may take some time to absorb. Choose one that works best for you.


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