Do Stretch Mark Creams Actually Work?
Not in the way you might think. See what our testers discovered
It takes commitment to apply stretch mark cream two to three times daily over the course of several months. So if it doesn't really work, wouldn't you like to know before buying one?
"Stretch mark creams containing ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids combined with retinol (or vitamin A), cayenne pepper, tiger's herb, vitamin C -- anything that encourages collagen or elastin (elastic tissue) production and circulation -- can help," says dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, MD.
With that in mind, our testers tried three popular stretch mark creams for eight weeks, none of which made stretch marks vanish (even the packaging of some products admit "no topical formulation can completely eliminate stretch marks"). Still, some products left testers oohing and aahing at their results. Find out which products and ingredients made a difference.
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