ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top 5 Stretch Mark Creams & Oils Compared

Updated on March 30, 2012

Which is the Best Stretch Mark Cream?

For those of us that want to look good, stretch marks can really be a problem. Whether you're pregnant and want to prevent stretch marks or whether you already have stretch marks because of weight gain (due to pregnancy or any other reason) and you want to minimize them, you will find the 5 most effective stretch mark creams and oils reviewed on this page. For those that want to navigate quickly to the right stretch mark product, the first three products are stretch mark preventers and the last two are stretch mark minimizers.

Stretch Marks in Pregnancy

The physical changes a woman goes through during pregnancy are priceless. It is what bonds the mother and her unborn child even before the birth, creating a connection that will further be strengthened as they finally set eyes on each other. But these changes, while welcome, are not exactly the most flattering on a woman.

Increase in weight and stretch marks, can mar an otherwise beautiful experience. Fortunately, there are specialist creams and oils that help prevent and minimize these stretch marks and get your tummy looking beautiful again. The following products include the best stretch mark cream, the top 3 stretch mark oils and the most effective lotion on the market as rated by those that use them.

So let's learn about the top five brands that keep mommy pretty, baby safe and your pregnancy smooth-sailing.

An Effective and Relatively Cheap Stretch Mark Preventer
An Effective and Relatively Cheap Stretch Mark Preventer

Great Price! Earth Mama Stretch Mark Oil

Where pregnancy is concerned, the best stretch mark cream is natural and organic, for a healthy mummy and baby. Earth Mama Angel Baby is the all-natural stretch oil for the rapidly changing bodies of mommies-to-be. Made out of plant-based oils, it is hypoallergenic and delicately scented, protecting the baby from absorbing unwanted chemicals.

The light, easily absorbable oil is ideally used twice daily and massaged onto the belly and breasts, the usual stretching spots. Borage oil, vitamin E and neroli oil nourish and encourage skin elasticity and prevent stretch marks. Towards the end of your pregnancy, Earth Mamma Angel Baby may also be massaged into your perineum to assist in natural stretching of the area for an easier, more stress-free childbirth.

The Best Stretch Mark Cream on the Market
The Best Stretch Mark Cream on the Market

100% Organic - Mambino Oh Baby! Belly Butter

It begins with pure lavender and red mandarin, just enough that it doesn’t irritate and aggravate morning sickness, Mambino Organics’ Oh Baby! is a 100% natural, botanical and vegan body butter that prevents stretch marks while softening the appearance of existing ones. It comes with quite the army of organic ingredients. Rosehip oil is rich in vitamin C which promotes skin healing. Calendula regenerates torn skin tissue.

Cocoa and mango butter softens and smoothens the skin. The Shea butter firms up connective tissue which helps in the prevention of stretch marks. Before applying, soften the butter with the warmth from your hands then massage onto your belly, breasts, buttocks and hips the morning then evening. Best when used with the Moisture Me TM body toning oil.

A Great Oil to Prevent Stretch Marks
A Great Oil to Prevent Stretch Marks

Award Winner! Mama Mio Stretch Mark Preventer

Awarded the Best Pampering Product by Pregnancy & Birth Magazine in 2006 & 2007, Mama Mio Tummy Rub may just be literally the best stretch mark cream out there. Its nourishing oils and essential fatty acids is like a good, healthy meal for your skin—increasing skin elasticity, moisturising away itchiness while preventing the formation of stretch marks.

Apply once a day, liberally from breasts to mid-thigh on the front, back and sides. As you grow, increase your use to morning and evening. It is also effective after birth. Use for at least four months post-partum to regain skin tone and help shrink away the post-baby tummy.

The Best Cream Out There to Reduce and Minimize Stretch Mark Scars
The Best Cream Out There to Reduce and Minimize Stretch Mark Scars

It Really Works! Revitagen FX Stretch Mark Repair Formula

The best stretch mark cream is not just for pampering yourself, the cream should also be serious about eliminating those unwanted scars. Revitagen-FX is a little pricey but it brings its moisturizing powers into the deep collagen layers of the skin, where its potent peptides stimulate more collagen production and radically reduces stretch mark scars.

With its skin-toning formula, the stretch marks gradually fade away within weeks. Since it is a micro concentrated emulsion formula, it doesn’t take a lot for it to work.

Apply sparingly on clean, dry skin at bedtime and at the beginning of your day. Massage in a circular motion to help the microactive ingredients be absorbed through the epidermis and get it working. Fast-absorbing and odourless, it is guaranteed safe and effective.

Another Excellent Oil to Minimize Stretch Marks
Another Excellent Oil to Minimize Stretch Marks

A Best Seller! Bio Oil Scar Treatment

Simply put, PurCellin Oil is the secret to Bio-Oil’s success. Its moisturizing properties helps correct the condition of any skin with scar tissue, thus effectively minimizing the most annoying of pregnancy and weight loss induced stretch marks. As directed, Bio-Oil is applied twice a day and gently massaged into the problem area.

Combine with a good diet of adequate amounts of Vitamin E and watch it reduce the appearance of scars and even out your skin tone. Light and non-greasy, it is also a highly effective hydrating treatment, lubricating and soothing dry or chapped skin and even preventing skin aging. Beauty and pregnancy are combined in this best selling stretch mark oil.

What makes a stretch mark cream the best? It gets the job done, of course, not only preventing and eliminating stretch marks but keeping the integrity of the skin. It moisturizes and hydrates— the secret to strengthening the skin and reducing scars. Best of all, it takes into consideration the process of pregnancy. Whatever a mother takes in or puts on herself is, in effect, taken in or applied to the unborn baby. Organic ingredients make for not just an effective stretch mark regimen, but a safe one as well. Beauty and health are allowed to coincide, as they should.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Marilyn Fritz profile image

      Marilyn 2 years ago from Nevada

      I have a grand daughter who is pregnant, so this information will be important to her. Thank you for the good information and tips. Your hubs are very informative.

    • profile image

      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Really well researched article. It is of interest to me, as I used Bio-oil very successfully after surgery. No noticeable scars a year later , and I have always scarred. Now I use it as a moisturiser, and really like it.

    • profile image

      Victoria 5 years ago

      Pure vitamin E oil works for me!

    • Rhonda Waits profile image

      Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Very well written hub and very informative as well. I don't have stretch marks, I used products myself to prevent this problem from occurring, it worked. Excellent advice. Great products also. Good going.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Great hub and good selection of quality products.

    • Susana S profile image

      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hi Pam, there are so many good stretch mark products around now and as Katie said they really do work. Both the Bio Oil and Revitagen cream are extremely good at minimizing existing stretch marks too.

    • Susana S profile image

      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hi LC - no they can be rather unsightly. It was a total shock to me after I had my first child how much my body changed and not for the better! I'm cool with it now, it being 18 years later, but at the time it took a long time for me to get used to my new stretched out of shape body and a heap of stretch marks! I wish I had used a stretch mark cream or oil to prevent them.

    • Susana S profile image

      Susana S 6 years ago

      You're so lucky to not have any stretch marks Katie - you were wise and used a product to help prevent them. I was not! I didn't use anything with my first baby and I'm covered in them! I'm eying the Revitagen FX formula to see if I can minimize them :)

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is great information as no one wants stretch marks. I have a few as my pregnancies are so long ago I uses lotions but there were no specific products I was aware of at that time.

    • lctodd1947 profile image

      lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

      Great information and useful as always. I did not have stretch marks either after my son was born. I used something but it was so long ago, I don't remember what it was...hee, hee.

      Thanks for one likes these ugly marks on their tummy.

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      I can testify to this. I used products on my tummy everyday while pregnant and don't have a single stretch mark. I'm serious. Great products that do in fact prevent stretch marks. :)