The Best Stretch Mark Cream to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

When women are asked which feature of their body they dislike the most, one of the most common answers is “stretch marks”.

Whilst they might not be popular, the fact is that between 75% and 90% of all women develop stretch marks to some degree during pregnancy.

What’s more, stretch marks are to some extent hereditary, with some skin types more susceptible than others due to different levels of collagen and elastin in the skin. So, if your mother developed stretch marks during pregnancy, then chances are that you will as well.

So what can be done to avoid or minimise the possability of developing stretch marks during pregnancy?

Treatments to Prevent Stretch Marks

Whilst there is no current product that will cure or remove stretch marks, there are those that both help minimize the appearance of stretch marks and can help prevent their occurrence and severity. This is definitely one situation where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Clinical studies have indicated that women, who applied stretch mark creams from the early stages of pregnancy onwards, experienced a statistically lower incidence of stretch marks compared to those using a placebo.

Whilst there has been no single product that has prevented stretch marks in all test subjects, it is clear that those who used a targeted stretch mark cream during pregnancy fared better than those who didn’t.

So which Stretch Mark Cream should be used during pregnancy?

The major rule here is that during pregnancy you should refrain from using stretch mark cream that contains Tretinoin (Retin-A). Retin-A is not considered to be safe for use during pregnancy. Furthermore, there is no reliable information on the safe amount  of Retin-A that is excreted in breast milk so use of stretch mark cream containing Retin-A should be avoided whilst breastfeeding.

The best stretch mark cream to use during and after pregnancy is one that contains natural ingredients. Each individual has different skin and will respond differently to a treatment so there is no single product that is best for everyone - it is a case of finding a product that works for you.

A good place to start is with trusted products that have been used for many years such as Palmer's Cocoa Butter or Bio Oil. Whilst neither product is a surefire preventative against stretch marks, there are countless women who have experienced good results with these products.

The best place to read reviews of the various stretch mark creams available is on Amazon.com. Here you can read hundreds of impartial product reviews from people just like you, who have actually purchased and used the product. This is the best way to ensure you are receiving reliable information rather than marketing hype.

Another huge benefit of Amazon.com is that you can purchase stretch mark cream and countless other products for much reduced price than in the regular stores.

If you do happen to develop stretch marks during pregnancy, all is not lost – some women see their stretch marks as a rite of passage, and as a part of their body that helps tell a story of who they are. What’s more, over time stretch mark scarring fades to a natural skin color, greatly reducing their visibility. There are also stretch mark cream treatments on the market that help to accelerate this process.

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