In our search for the perfect remedy for tiger stripes, I’ve come across the Apothederm stretch mark cream. It seems to be one of the leading products in stretch mark treatment, so I figured I should look into it, which is how this comprehensive, unbiased Apothederm review came about.
In this article, we’ll be looking at what the manufacturer says and what the people (and the science) report to determine how efficient Apothederm is against stretch marks!
What Does the Science Say?
The Apothederm website comes on strong in this regard, citing a 12-week study where the participants who used the cream on their stretch marks began seeing results as early as two weeks. Now obviously, if this were true, it would score some major points on Apothederm’s part.
However, after an extensive online search, I was unable to find the said study. Indeed, the only resource that seems to be available was this overview, which says over 70% of participants noticed an improvement in texture and appearance of their stretch marks after two weeks of Apothederm use.
Upon further research, I found that HelixBioMedix owns Apothederm, and their website references the study as “data on file”.
What does this mean?
When something is “data on file”, it means that the manufacturer compiled said data, but failed to submit it or make it available to the public. It does say that they would do so, if requested, but honestly, this raises some red flags for me.
In my experience researching cosmetic products, if the manufacturer has a reliable study proving its effectiveness, they don’t hesitate to publish it. So despite their claims, it seems science isn’t so crazy about Apothederm. However, this isn’t enough to reach a conclusion. Indeed, many such products have no science-backing at all, yet seem to work wonders when used in real life.
The Ingredient List: What’s in Apothederm?
To properly evaluate the quality of a product, we must first have a look at what it contains, and what those ingredients can and can’t do for your stretch marks.
1. Shea Butter
Shea butter is one of the most popular ingredients in anti-stretch mark creams all over the world. Thanks to its powerfully moisturizing and soothing effects, shea butter is believed to relieve the symptoms of angry new stretch marks (as in act against itching, burning, etc.) and improve the appearance of older stretch marks.
Previous studies have shown that shea butter creams do indeed act as a potent anti-inflammatory, which may help ease the symptoms and improve the overall appearance of your stretch marks. This may also make the ingredient useful in preventing the accumulation of bacteria over a fresh stretch mark.
2. Meadowfoam Seed Oil
Here’s an interesting one. This relatively unknown ingredient seems to have made its way into the Apothederma stretch mark cream… and with good reason. Although I was a little hard-pressed to find actual studies as to its efficiency, I found this comprehensive article in which a certified dermatologist explains the benefits of meadowfoam oil.
Apparently, this unknown ingredient is great for locking in moisture and boosting the skin’s protective barrier, thus preventing bacteria and other complications. It also makes your skin plumper, and unlike many other natural oils, it does not clog the pores.
3. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is another major favorite for stretch marks among skin care manufacturers. It has excellent antioxidant properties that aid in the reconstruction of the skin, boost its natural protective barrier, and keep it free of infections, oxidative stress, and other factors that may cause your skin’s appearance to worsen.
Cocoa butter, much like shea, is a great source of vitamin E, which is not only super-moisturizing but also really protective of your skin. It’s also said to boost collagen and elastin production, the two main things that make your skin plump and bouncy!
4. Sodium Hyaluronate
Also known as hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate is used to treat various conditions, from osteoarthritis to different skin afflictions like stretch marks. It deeply penetrates the skin, going into the dermis (the middle layer) and boosting the cells’ strength down there. This property also naturally gives them better-wound healing properties, and since stretch marks are basically wounds, it’s easy to see how this would help.
Many other ingredients inside the Apothederm stretch mark cream are rumored to be quite effective for treating lesions and imperfections. From what I’ve seen, I’d say Apothederm has the potential to improve the appearance of stretch marks based on ingredients.
Customer Reviews – What Do the People Say?
Naturally, no product review would be complete without seeing what the actual customers say.
- Softer skin after use;
- Efficient both for fresh stretch marks and for older (white/gray) ones;
- Skin feels firmer after application;
- Results after a few weeks (though not as little as two);
- Supple skin;
- Smooths and evens out the skin tone.
- Quite small bottle;
- Several customers call it ineffective.
So overall, the customer reviews seem to be quite mixed about Apothederm stretch mark cream. Some liked it, while others did not, so I guess it doesn’t pass with flying colors in this category either.
Below, I’ll be answering some common questions you might have about usage and the product itself.
- How often should I use Apothederm?
In gentle, circular motions, apply the Apothederm cream twice (morning and evening) to the affected areas. Leave dry before dressing. Leave it to dry before dressing.
- How soon should I see results?
Based on the company’s description and customer testimonials, you should see results in as little as 2-4 weeks.
- Should I use Apothederm if I am pregnant?
No, you should not. While nothing bad should happen, it’s best to be on the safe side and wait until after delivery.
- When should I start applying Apothederm?
Ideally, you should begin using the product when the stretch marks are still fresh (red), as they have a better chance of healing.
Conclusion – would we recommend the Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream?
Unfortunately, this product did not have enough benefits for me actually to recommend it. There were very few studies supporting the ingredients, as for the study supporting their main ingredient (Heptapeptide-7), it was missing completely. On top of that, the customer reviews were less than glowing, so no, I would not recommend Apothederm.
I would encourage you to seek out other anti-stretch mark creams and treatments. For example, TriLastin is an effective stretch mark cream with thousands of happy customers and a well-supported ingredient list and a satisfying track record!