Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stretch Marks Study

When I got pregnant, I was not surprised when the stretch marks started to appear since I had gotten stretch marks at every growth spurt throughout my life, whether in height or width. I did a bit of research but lost hope when I kept reading that stretch marks were not preventable or treatable. I found a lot of ads for stretch mark creams. All of the “testimonials” raved about how wonderful these creams were, but I couldn’t find a third-party comparison or consumer review site for the creams.

I tried Palmers Cocoa Butter, but I was so sensitive to smells that I couldn’t even have the lotion out on the counter, much less use it. Thus, the only treatment I lathered upon my rapidly spreading stretch marks was an unscented off-brand Vitamin E lotion. I can’t tell if the lotion helped with the stretch marks, but it did relieve the itching. I now have stretch marks curving over my hips, around the front of my abdomen and down my thighs.

Diva over at Diva’s Skin Care Blog decided to put the stretch mark cream leaders to the test. She put four stretch mark creams to the test on 10 different people, some who were trying to prevent stretch marks and some who were trying to erase old stretch marks. Revitol Stretch Mark Cream came out on top, and she even posts photos of the participants who had the best results.

I wish this post came out a couple of years earlier when I could have used this information to help me decide which cream to use. I’m considering trying one of the products mentioned in her post to help diminish or erase my battle scars stretch marks. While they look better than they did a year ago, they’re still not pretty.


Manic Mom said...

I still got 'em. I still love 'em. They're here because "they" are here!

: )

All good.

How're things with you!:?!?

KATE said...

Thanks for the info, I'll check that stuff out! I still have my battle wounds too! Woo hoo!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Oh do I feel ya on this one! My first gave me more battle scars than a care to have! I'm one big stretch mark from my boobs to my thighs! ... wait there is one small area {about 2 inches} right under my bra that it mark free. I have some pretty wide ones on my hips! YUK I hate them, I would love to diminish them... course I think I sould diminish my waist-line too! :) The only really good use I've found for stretch marks, is to gross out my brother! :P Thanks for the info.