Stretch marks don’t pose any medical risk nor do they hurt, which is why some women, including celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, Lady Gaga, and Demi Lovato have decided to embrace their stretch marks by calling them ‘tiger stripes,’ showing them off on social media, and not worrying too much about seeking treatment.
In this article, we’ve covered the best stretch mark creams, oils, and other remedies both for stretch mark removal and prevention. These 19 products have proved to work wonders when it comes to getting rid of stretch marks effectively.
1. Paula’s Choice Resist Retinol Skin Smoothing Body Treatment
Starting with this workhorse makes sense because this is the cream of the crop, at the top of this list of the best stretch mark creams. This phenomenal body cream contains retinol – the best cosmetic ingredient for rebuilding collagen in the skin. It also contains vitamin C, which packs a similar punch and helps to protect the skin from premature aging as an added benefit. This cream is available at Nordstrom.
2. Strivectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks
I’ll forgive Strivectin for all of the needlessly patented ingredients, because they really did manage to make one of the best stretch mark creams. This moisturizer is also an anti-wrinkle product, since it works by promoting collagen production in the skin with the help of ingredients like NIA-114 and a proprietary peptide blend. It would be best used in conjunction with topical vitamin A and dermarolling. You can buy it from Ulta Beauty.
3. Strialite The Stretchmark Solution Pre-Treatment Retinol Serum
This serum simply works with the proven combination of 1% retinol (i.e. the ultimate collagen builder) and vitamin C. The two ingredients work together to remove damage and rebuild the skin. This kind of serum, in combination with dermarolling and perhaps a peptide cream might be the secret to effective stretch mark removal. You can get this serum from Nordstrom.
4. Cane + Austin Body Retexture Lotion 15% Glycolic Acid
This body cream’s main ingredient is exfoliating glycolic acid, which softens the skin and allows ingredients to penetrate quickly, but this is not what makes it so exceptional for stretch mark removal. No, the key ingredients here are vitamins A and C, which are perfect for supporting collagen production and repairing tears in the skin. Pick this cream up from Sephora!
5. Clarins Body Partner Stretch Mark Cream
This silicone-based formula is an excellent skin-softening moisturizer, created with multiple penetration enhancers in order to reduce stretch marks. Those who use it do find that it helps to reduce the look of their stretch marks, likely by strengthening and improving the functioning of the epidermis. If you’d like to try it, you can find it at Sephora.
6. ORA Microneedle Face & Full Body Roller Kit
On their own, all the best stretch mark creams and serums can potentially help a bit, but a derma roller will ensure that they really get all the way down to that dermal level of the skin where the stretch marks are formed and where repair needs to happen. The rollers from Ora are the perfect length, and they can be easily sterilized with alcohol. Order yours online from Dermstore!
7. iS Clinical Super Serum Advance Plus
This is another excellent stretch mark removal product that is made with vitamin C as its main active ingredient. It is crafted with a blend of penetration enhancers and also contains other skin-rebuilding ingredients like arbutin, tripeptide-1, hyaluronic acid, and skin-resurfacing urea. We’d recommend pairing it with retinol and dermarolling for best results. Order it online from Dermstore!
8. Belli Skincare Maternity ‘Elasticity’ Belly Oil for Stretch Mark Protection
This gentle stretch mark oil was created as a preventative rather than treatment. This light oil penetrates quickly into the skin without leaving a residue, and it works well to keep the epidermis fortified and nourished with its blend of botanical oils rich in vitamin E. Its natural lavender fragrance is ultra-calming, and anecdotally it seems to help prevent stretch marks. It is available at Nordstrom.
9. Peter Thomas Roth Professional 3% Retinoid Plus
A little goes along way with this powerful serum from PTR. While this may be a facial product technically, 3% retinol is an extremely high amount that is excellent for the body, especially when it comes to stretch mark removal. It also contains skin barrier-repairing ceramides, and a touch of collagen-boosting vitamin C. You can buy it through Sephora.
10. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
This is one of the best stretch mark creams around, if only because it doesn’t promise more than it can deliver. This creamy butter is made with vitamin-rich natural oils to keep the skin soft and supple. This natural formula is the perfect pregnant belly moisturizer, especially for those avoiding highly active skincare ingredients during their pregnancy. Pick it up from Ulta Beauty!
11. Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Oil
The main draw of this all-natural stretch mark oil is its ability to prevent the itchiness that often comes hand in hand with a growing pregnant belly. This oil is light so it doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy, and it contains all kinds of oils that are naturally rich in vitamin E and soothing fatty acids. It is available online via Dermstore.
12. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
This cream from Mederma is light and easy to use, and it gets some of the best reviews, especially for a non-retinol or vitamin C product. It contains onion extract, which is known for its ability to brighten up the skin, along with skin-healing silicones and hydrating hyaluronic acid. It is certainly an effective moisturizer that might penetrate deeply enough to prevent stretch marks, and is safe to use during pregnancy. You can order it online from Dermstore.
13. Lancer The Method: Body Nourish
This skin-exfoliating body cream also doubles as a wonderful stretch mark cream. In addition to 10% glycolic acid for impossibly smooth skin, this cream contains ascorbic acid, which is known for its ability to support collagen production. Paired with a retinol-based product and the occasional dermarolling treatment, you can expect stretch marks to fade quickly. Find this cream at Sephora!
14. The Organic Pharmacy Stretch Mark Oil
Did you know vitamin A occurs naturally only in one oil? Rosehip oil contains tretinoin, the strongest forms of vitamin A, which helps repair the skin and rebuild collagen. This stretch mark oil contains a significant amount of rosehip oil, along with sunflower oil, which is rich in healing vitamin E. The wonderful thing is that this oil is safe during pregnancy, and can be paired with other treatments for safe stretch mark removal. It can be ordered online from Dermstore.
15. Juice Beauty GREEN APPLE Firming Body Moisturizer
This all-natural body cream is truly suited for smoothing all over the body, both to treat and prevent stretch marks. It is one of the best stretch mark creams for those who would like a gentler product they can use during pregnancy. It contains a stable form of vitamin C for supporting collagen, along with skin-regenerating peptides and a wide variety of antioxidant-rich botanical extracts. You can pick up a tube of it from Ulta Beauty.
16. Strialite The Stretchmark Solution Daily Treatment System AM/PM Hydrating Retinol Cream
This daily cream from Strialite can be used anywhere on the body, to reduce the look of stretch marks with the help of retinol. The formula is deep penetrating, with a touch of hyaluronic acid and oat proteins to hydrate and fortify the skin. It is available at Nordstrom.
17. This Works Sleep Plus Dream Body
This body cream is meant for night-time use, to help repair the skin and rebuild collagen. It contains my favorite stretch mark removal ingredient, retinol, along with penetration-enhancing lecithin and a collection of lovely botanical oils. The lavender and chamomile fragrance will help you fall asleep quickly. You can order it online from Dermstore.
18. Jan Marini Marini CelluliTx
This is what an all-in-one body transforming cream looks like. Beyond the retinol that I’ve been recommending all over the place here, this stretch mark removal cream also contains collagen-stimulating peptides, along with a touch of caffeine to help firm up the skin and reduce the look of cellulite. This wonderful product is available at Dermstore.
19. Replenix Smoothing Body Lotion
This super moisturizing body lotion is an excellent choice for those wanting to hydrate their skin while treating stretch marks. It features retinol, along with hyaluronic acid at various molecular sizes for better penetration, and some serious antioxidant boosters like resveratrol and green tea. A touch of caffeine also makes it a great body-firming product. It is sold online via Dermstore.
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