Don’t let the name fool you. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy is not just for stretch marks. Stretch marks are scars. Also, contrary to popular belief, it is not just pregnant women who run the risk of developing stretch marks. Scars/stretch marks can be formed anywhere the skin has incurred damage and attempted to repair itself.
Age, skin type, hormones, location of certain areas of skin, rapid weight gain/loss, medical complications, and genetic predisposition can lead to both stretch marks and scars, so, chances are you either already have, or will develop, stretch marks/scars at some point in time.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that there are products that can help lessen the appearance, or hinder the occurrence of those nasty scars. There are countless products for sale that claim to work on scars, and Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy has been touted as one of those products. But, does it work? Before you set out to shop for a miracle cream, let’s take a closer look at this one…
Mederma is a product of Merz Pharmaceuticals. While Merz has been operating since 1908, the this line of products was launched in the 1990s, and is designed to lessen the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Products include PM Intensive Overnight Scar Cream, Advanced Scar Gel, Scar Cream Plus SPF 30, a scar product for Kids, and Mederma Stretch Mark Cream. These products are suitable for use on pregnant and nursing women, children, and both old and new scars. You can buy these products online and in a wide number of retail stores.
Product and claims
According to the official website:
If you don’t have stretch marks but think you might get them, this is a nourishing cream that locks moisture in to help prevent them.* It may be used during pregnancy, beginning in the second trimester, and while breastfeeding.
If you already have stretch marks, Mederma Stretch Marks Cream is specifically formulated and clinically shown to make them look better by:
- Improving appearance
- Reducing discoloration
- Smoothing texture
- Enhancing softness
Ingredients in the cream, as listed on the official website:
Water, Allium Cepae (Onion) Bulb Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Arachidyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Asiaticoside (and) Madecassic Acid (and) Asiatic Acid (Centella Asiatica Purified) Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Hydroxide, Iron Oxides.
Since it is recommended for pregnant and nursing moms, it contains no overtly harmful ingredients. It is paraben free, and includes ingredients such as Cepalin (a proprietary botanical extract), Hyaluronic Acid (a substance that is naturally occurring in the body), and Centella Asiatica (plant extract). Keep in mind, though, since much of topical medications can be absorbed into the blood stream, pregnant and nursing moms need to be aware that Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy is not 100% organic or natural.
Application and regimen recommendations
According to the official website:
The scar cream should be generously applied and gently massaged in a circular motion on all areas of the body where you have stretch marks or want to help prevent them. Apply until fully absorbed two times a day, morning and evening.
Results take time.
For existing stretch marks, don’t get discouraged if you do not notice results right away. Generally, users start to see noticeable improvement after about 4 weeks of daily usage, with optimum improvement in 12 weeks. Dermatologists recommend gently massaging stretch marks because it helps make the skin more pliable and improves its appearance.
Most of the reviews we found for Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy are very positive. Consumers claim that the product works, even on scars that are years old. The key seems to be in the consistent and repeated use of the cream. Those negative reviews that we did find seem to mainly be from consumers who bought the cream and did not see “magic” results immediately, or within a couple weeks of use, and thus gave up, claiming the product did not work. Strangely, one of the biggest points of contention in the reviews was the smell of the product; either people loved it, or hated it.
Overall, Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy seems to genuinely help diminish the appearance of both stretch marks and other scars. The ingredients are safe for pregnant and nursing women, and there is a special mild formulation for children as well. Combine that with the reasonable price tag, and the fact that this skin care for scars is widely available to buy online and at a local store near you… if you’ve got stretch marks or other scars, this looks like a good product to try!