No doubt you’ve heard about using hyaluronic acid for stretch marks. It’s touted as one of the potent cures for wrinkles, fine lines, etc., so why shouldn’t it work for stretch marks, right?
In this article, we’ll talk a little bit about what hyaluronic acid can do for your stretch marks and look at what your best options are.
Does Hyaluronic Acid Work on Stretch Marks?
Hyaluronic acid is known as a potent moisturizer and for its ability to relieve dry and damaged skin.
It’s particularly useful when dealing with new, red stretch marks because it also speeds up wound healing and can help them fade considerably.
Being, as it is, a powerful moisturizer, it can also work great in preventing stretch marks.
While nothing can technically avoid the appearance of stretch marks, the more moisturized your skin is, the more capable it will be of dealing with extensive stretching.
And so, the less severe your stretch marks will become.
So whether you’re looking to treat or prevent those irritating marks, you’ve come to the right place!
Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe to Use While Pregnant?
Fortunately, this ingredient is completely safe for use during pregnancy, so you should not worry about that.
However, if any of the products we review below contain other potentially harmful ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy, we will let you know.
How Should I Use Hyaluronic Acid to Treat Stretch Marks?
This will depend on the type of hyaluronic acid product you buy. We will be looking both at moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid and at pure acid.
If using a product that contains hyaluronic acid, it’s recommended that you gently massage it into your skin after a warm shower, ideally twice a day (morning and evening).
If you’re using pure hyaluronic acid, however, it’s suggested that you pat it into the skin (also after a shower) and allow it to penetrate for a few minutes, before locking it in with your normal moisturizer.
And Now, For the Reviews, Let’s Start with The Products That Contain Hyaluronic Acid
The main benefit of using a cream containing the stuff (rather than pure acid) is that it can contain other excellent ingredients that can boost the effect of the hyaluronic acid on your skin. It’s also easier for your skin to absorb, but may not be as potent and applying the hyaluronic acid directly.
1. Somaluxe Stretch Mark Treatment
At first glance, the Somaluxe brand comes across as very professional and trustworthy, with lots of great reviews to support their claims.
- It would honestly take us another article of this size to discuss all the great organic ingredients this has. Panthenol, Coconut Oil, Lavender, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Horsetail – just to name a few, but the list goes on and on, and they’re all yummy for your skin!;
- Very few potentially dangerous chemicals, free of parabens, phthalates, and fragrance;
- Safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding;
- Potent moisturizer;
- Great consistency, not too thick, not too watery;
- Provides relief to pregnant, stretched skin;
- Heals existing marks;
- Relieves itchiness.
- The only downside we were able to find was that the jar is only 60 ml, and so quite small (and pricey).
But other than that, we are over the moon with this healthy product and would most definitely recommend it.
2. COS Naturals Stretch Marks and Scars Cream
This cream specially designed for stretch marks boasts quite excellent reviews, but do its’ claims of treating and preventing stretch marks hold water?
- Nice ingredients (Squalane, Quinoa Extract, Hyaluronic Acid);
- Very soft skin and good moisturizer;
- Called a ‘miracle’ in curing stretch marks;
- Seems to prevent them as well;
- Pleasant smell.
- Hard to get out of the bottle;
- Many say they didn’t see any results;
Honestly, it’s pretty hard to get over the ‘miracle’ claims, so for that reason alone, we’d probably recommend this product. It’s not cheaper or more expensive than your average hyaluronic acid cream, and for the great reviews, we think it’s worth a try.
3. Stretch Mark Treatment Cream with Hyaluronic Acid by PREGMATE
Though few, the reviews for this were pretty great, so we had high hopes about it.
- Good ingredients, such as Squalane, Panthenol and Vitamins C, E and B);
- Easy to use and effective;
- Some say it worked well on their stretch marks;
- Might also keep itchy skin at bay;
- Results in just a few days.
- It seems to be available both through Amazon and Sephora, and it seems to be much cheaper there;
- It contains Polysorbate 60, a mild skin irritant, as well as a few other dangerous chemicals.
So obviously, we really didn’t like the presence of unhealthy chemicals, though we don’t feel it’s enough to stop us from recommending it. Overall, it seems like a good product and seems to be efficient for stretch marks, so go for it!
4. True Level Stretch Mark Treatment Cream
This product comes from the same manufacturer as the previous cream, PREGMATE, so it wasn’t surprising to find a very similar ingredient list, price, and approach to treating stretch marks.
- Nice feeling, easily absorbed lotion;
- Really helps fade stretch marks – can even make new ones appear white and faded;
- Not greasy;
- Lovely smell;
- Once again, has some nice, organic ingredients;
- Helps skin regenerate.
- The above-mentioned Polysorbate and phenoxyethanol;
- A bit pricey.
We did not find any evidence that Sephora might be selling this, though it’s well worth a try since this lotion is just as expensive as the last one.
5. B-Flat Cellulite Stretch Marks Firming Cream by Maelys
This pricey stretch mark cream boasts of being able to tone your saggy skin and greatly reduce the appearance of even the darkest stretch marks.
- Paraben and SLS free;
- Natural ingredients, all very good for your skin (Cocoa Butter, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter);
- ‘Stretch marks have decreased significantly’;
- Firms the skin;
- Makes the skin softer;
- Easy to apply and absorb into the skin;
- Powerful moisturizer.
- Consistency is a bit watery, so it’s easy to use too much;
- Some unpleasant chemicals;
- Doesn’t seem to offer a refund.
While this does seem to be a highly potent treatment for stretch marks, beware that it is not cheap. We recommend it, though, as many reviewers were pleased with the effect it has.
Moving on To the Pure Hyaluronic Acids on Our List…
1. Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum By Dermapeel
Once again, a product free of any other weird, icky chemicals (other than Benzyl Alcohol) that promises to do great things for your skin – but will it?
- Paraben-free, oil-free and with no added fragrances or fillers;
- Great for dry skin;
- Leaves skin looking ‘flawless’;
- Feels great on the skin;
- Smells lovely;
- Not a single one.
This is truly a first in the time we’ve been doing such reviews. We were not able to find a single downside to this product, either pointed out by customers or one we found ourselves.
Do we really need to say more about this? Of course, we recommend it.
2. COSMEDICA Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Holy moly, the sheer amount of reviews on this thing! Seriously, that was our reaction, and considering those five stars were all pretty filled in, we had high expectations when we started reading about this serum.
- Great value for money;
- Other than Benzyl Alcohol, not one single dangerous chemical;
- Reputable brand;
- Mixes well with other products, if you’re keen to make your own ‘enriched’ serum;
- ‘Fantastic results’ for stretch marks;
- Smoother and lighter stretch marks after a few uses;
- Great to relieve dry, itchy skin during pregnancy.
- Not for sensitive skin;
- Thin consistency;
- Might be a bit drying (because of the Benzyl alcohol).
Overall, we loved the many rave reviews we saw about how awesome this product is for stretch marks. And since that’s what we’re setting out to treat, we’re recommending it. We also love the fact that it’s free of dangerous chemicals (other than the Benzyl Alcohol).
3. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
This product comes in a straightforward, minimalist packaging that may put one-off at first. Might make you think it’s too raw for you to use, but actually, pure hyaluronic acid is often better because it involves less (or no) dangerous chemicals.
- ‘Works wonders’;
- Great price;
- Glowing skin;
- Locks in moisture;
- Noticeable difference from the first use;
- Potent hydrator;
- More expensive on Amazon;
- Might cause a rash in some.
Honestly, the only downside for us was that we couldn’t find any reviews talking directly about its effect on stretch marks. But overall, we are super hyped for this serum and can’t recommend it enough.
4. The Original Hyaluronic Acid Serum
While we don’t like that this contains Benzyl Alcohol (not healthy), we’re quite impressed with the tiny ingredient list. Other than hyaluronic acid, it doesn’t seem to contain much else, which is great news.
- Dries easily;
- Impressive reviews;
- Great size for the price;
- Useful in treating dry skin;
- Boosts the appearance of your skin;
- Plumps up saggy skin.
- Might leave a residue on skin;
- Began to smell weird after a while.
Once again, we were not able to find direct evidence that it’s effective for stretch marks. But considering that this is great value for money, and does not contain any icky chemicals in it (also bearing in mind the truckload of great reviews), we’d use this!
We’re not ones to play favorites. Basically, if the product review doesn’t carry any major downsides attached to it, then chances are we recommend it. However, a few hyaluronic acid products did catch our eye.
The Somaluxe Stretch Mark Treatment was really impressive. We’ve rarely seen so many great ingredients in one place, and for that alone, we heartily recommend it.
So there, these would be our Top 3 picks, though all the products in this review are pretty great.