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Stretch Mark Creams That Actually Make A Difference
I have tried pretty much every stretch Mark Cream on the market looking for a solution for my stretch marks including Tazorac.
You see, I have stretch marks. A lot of them. In fact, I have so many stretch marks on my stomach that my obstetrician actually commented on them. An obstetrician that sees stretch marked stomachs all day long!
Some of my stretch marks are now almost 10 years old, some are a couple of years newer. What I had sadly come to realise is that they really, really aren't improving any more. When I first got my stretch marks they were bright, vivid scarlet. Then over time some of them faded to a pale silvery colour and some turned a purply colour.
These days you can't see them much in certain lights, but in other lights they look absolutely horrific. Because of this I am always searching for a way to get rid of them.
I got my stretch marks through having a baby, but there are many people that get them through weight gain or weight loss, through growing too quickly or a multitude of other reasons.
I have tried all manner of creams on them from Palmers to Oil of Olay. Some have worked better than others. One seems to be significantly better than many of the others I have tried.
Stretch Mark Removal- An Imperfect Cure
I don't want to fool anyone, my stretch marks are not completely gone. This isn't as far as I can tell a 100% cure. I think my stretch marks are 75% better after 3 months use and my dermatologist has told me that it is early days; they should still improve further with continued use.
Ah, yes. That is the other thing. You have to get the absolute best cream from a doctor or a dermatologist as it is prescription only. However, I didn't have any trouble at all getting it. My dermatologist actually sold it to me as a wrinkle cream- she just mentioned in passing that it does great things for stretch marks too. She hadn't even seen mine at that point, so I was happy that she mentioned it in passing. If you don't have a dermatologist you can buy creams over the counter that will do the same job but they are lower doses so may take longer or not work as well. There are creams that you can buy at pharmacies and beauty stores that contain the same active ingredients as the one she prescribed but they are at a lower strength so they might not be as effective or work as quickly.
The best cream I have found for stretch marks is named Tazorac (Zorac in some countries). Originally it was sold as an acne cream until people using it started to realise that it removed fine lines and wrinkles too. It was then only a minor leap for dermatologists to start using it as a stretch mark cream.
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My Own Results on My Stretch Marks
I had seen a dermatologist before that had told me that there was no point in using anything on stretch marks as nothing would improve them. So when my latest dermatologist suggested Tazorac I have to confess that I was sceptical. She told me that it was a cream that was a retinoid like retin A. She also told me how it improved collagen levels in the skin so I thought it sounded like it might work. At the end of the day what sold it to me was that she gave me a months supply free as a sample to see if it suited my skin. When I then went back for a second time she sold me a 6 month supply for $30ish. Given that my normal moisturiser costs that much I was happy to try it.
As I was unsure as to whether it would work I put it only on one half of my stomach for the first few months. My stomach is pretty evenly stretched marked (or rather, was at the beginning) so I thought this would be a good control. Within the first month I could see that my skin was improving, so I bought a larger tube to continue. At the three month point it became very, very obvious that one side of my stomach is dramatically improved when compared to the other.
I would like to qualify this however and explain what I mean. The stretch marks on my stomach have three main characteristics. There are small white ones that look like tiny pale white lines on my skin. These are improved slightly, but not dramatically so. There are also purple streaks on my stomach. These are improved about 60% although one very stubborn large one still remains. The best improvement however has been the indentations. My stretch marks that run vertically on my stomach are deep. If I turn sideways to the mirror they look like dark purple indentations into my skin. These are DRAMATICALLY improved. I would say 80-90% better. Although my skin is not perfect there are no longer these indentations, that look so terrible in bright sunlight.
I have also discovered that a little make up can help to hide stretch marks that would otherwise be visible. The best coverage I have found is Dermablend that was recommended to me by a make up artist friend. It comes in a huge range of colors to match every skin type and is what is used to cover serious birthmarks, but it works wonders on stretch marks too.
Other retinoid over the counter creams...
I can't promise you that this cream will work for you.. I'm also really sorry that it isn't something that I can just link to and you can buy now although you can obviously purchase a lower strength one above if you are prepared to try something that may take longer to work. .
If you do have stretch marks ask your GP as they may be happy to prescribe it for you. If not, over the counter retinoids such as those shown above may also work, but much more slowly. Obviously I cannot promise that this will work for you. All I can tell you is that of all the things that I have tried this is far and away the best. Whilst the skin on my stomach is not yet perfect it is so, so much better, enough so that I would now consider wearing a bikini where once the idea would have terrified me.
If you do get or currently use Tazorac on your stomach or know of any other creams that work please add your experience below in the comments section to help other readers! Thank you!