This week our focus is solely on getting rid of one of the most common forms of skin problems – stupid, stubborn stretch marks.
What we do know is that some statistics are now coming out that show an alarming rate of anywhere between 60% and 90% of all US citizens have some form of stretch marks somewhere on their bodies.
43% of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Yikes!
Due to the demand, it’s no surprise that we now see hundreds of products available on the market, all promising to rid users of this dreaded skin condition.
One of the more popular creams on the market today, Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy, is on our review list for this week so without further adieu, let’s get this show on the road!
Let’s Break It Down
Mederma have come up with yet another stretch mark cream, whose purpose it is to repair the damage done after the initial stretching has occurred…or is it?
Here’s a quick breakdown on how stretch marks occur in the first place.
All that basically happens is when we put on weight rapidly through either; pregnancy, muscle gain or fat gain, a tearing of the inner layer of skin (the dermis) occurs, forcing our bodies to attempt to counteract this tear by quickly producing a large amount of skin tissue.
In a sense, it’s your bodies way of strengthening your skin so that it doesn’t burst open!
The problem is, once this tissue is formed, it’s extremely hard to get rid of.
The only way to achieve this is to help your body produce more collagen (compound used to develop new skin cells) to help your skin return to its previous state.
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy however has a different approach and that is done through their key ingredient Allium cepa, which is basically just an extract from the common onion.
Although studies in the past have shown that this form of onion treatment can be effective on scar tissue similar to that of a stretch mark, the problem is the delivery mechanism.
Our dermis regulates the overall health of our skin and when a large amount of scar tissue is present, outside nutrients find it hard to reach deep into your skin where they are needed most.
In this case, more nutrients will mean a higher production of collagen.
Studies have shown in the past that this treatment offers the following benefits:
- Slightly softer and smoother skin texture
- Reduction in skin tone
In terms of repairing stretch marks, there is no evidence that proves onion extract has any effect whatsoever. Instead it’s effect on stretch marks is more likely an illusion, making them look less visible without actually repairing the skin.
Overall it’s a bitter sweet form of therapy as when application stops, stretch marks are likely to return to their previous nature.
Why It’s HOT!
What we have here is a stretch mark cream that has the ability to make your stretch marks look and feel better, which it is extremely effective at doing.
That’s where the 76% satisfaction rate comes from, in that the majority of people who use Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy are happy with the results while they’re using it.
But what happens when you stop applying the cream?
Why It’s NOT!
The major issue and rest assured this cream is not alone, is that there is no active ingredient in this remedy that works to help our bodies produce more collagen to repair the damage done by the initial stretching of the dermis.
If it’s your desire to remove stretch marks completely, then the only way you’re going to be able to achieve this is by producing more collagen to help replace the broken down cells that form when stretch marks occur.
Mederma cannot do this but is merely a cream that when applied can help improve the appearance of your skin.
We think it’s important to focus more on being critical when it comes to reviewing products so that you guys can make the best decision possible. We don’t like being Negative Nancys, but it’s the only way to get the answers you need.
At the same time, our score is based off comparing what is available on the market today and although Mederma in our opinion isn’t the best stretch mark cream, it certainly can provide some form of relief, while you’re using it.
You will see a change in the overall look and feel of your stretch marks, but as soon as you stop applying it, they will return back to their previous ugly selves.
As far as an effective treatment goes, we gave it a score of 90/100 and it’s currently sitting at #2 on our list of top stretch mark creams for this year, with TriLASTIN SR currently in the number one position.