Barmon Stretch Mark Cream – Is One of the Oldest Natural Products for Stretch Marks Really the Best?

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Barmon Stretch Mark Cream is a favorite product for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy. Women are advised to start applying Barmon cream to their bellies, flanks, breasts, and thighs as soon as they know they are pregnant so stretch marks simply never occur. The maker of the product advises that “results are visible in just three weeks,” although we have to assume that they really mean results are not visible in just three weeks-but are the claims made for Barmon really true? Here is a Barmon Stretch Mark Cream review to check out the claims.

Update: Barmon stretch mark cream has been discontinued. You may still be able to find it through eBay and other third party sites. However, we do not recommend to buy this product anymore. You can check out revitol stretch mark cream as an alternative stretch mark solution.

Barmon advertises that their company does no animal testing and their cream is “all natural,” still including the three original active ingredients, which were wheat germ oil, cocoa butter, and lanolin. Lanolin is the “grease” that sheep make to lubricate their wool. But if you take a look at the label to see the ingredients in order of how much goes into each bottle of stretch mark cream, you will read:

  • Purified water
  • Isopropyl palmitate
  • Cetearyl alcohol
  • Mineral oil

Water is the most abundant ingredient in the formula. Isopropyl palmitate is second. Isopropyl palmitate is a creamy thickener made from palm oil. Depending on the amount of isopropyl palmitate in the product, it can clog pores and cause whiteheads and blackheads. This is less of an issue when it is applied to the front of the torso than it when it is applied to the back.

Cetearyl alcohol is a mixture of alcohols chemically combined with fatty acids. They make clear lotions white and add a silky feel to the mixture. It can be a synthetic mixture, or it can be made from coconut oil.

Mineral oil is a byproduct of distilling crude oil into gasoline. It’s easy to forget the mineral oil, like crude oil, is a natural product, coming from the ground. It sounds like something that would be made by BP, and actually, it is, but it is non-toxic and does not cause any skin issues when used in moderation.

Wow. This doesn’t sound very natural. Let’s go a little further down the list. Also in Barmon Stretch Mark Cream are:

  • Cocoa butter
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Lanolin

All three ingredients are truly natural products. They just are not used in as large an amount as isopropyl palmitate, cetearyl alcohol, and mineral oil.

Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer that has an advantage over many other plant oils in that it is non-fragrant. It does not cause allergies, and it does not dry out the skin.

Wheat germ oil is rich in natural vitamin E. Like cocoa butter, it is non-fragrant and deeply moisturizing.

Lanolin is to sheep what sebum is to people. It’s a natural oil made by the sheep’s sebaceous glands. A little under 2 per cent of the population is allergic to it, but it’s also true that 98 per cent of the population is not, and that allergies usually only occur when lanolin is 50 per cent or more of the formula, that is, when it is the first-named ingredient.

Together cocoa butter, wheat germ oil, and lanolin are natural moisturizing factors that strengthen the “cement” between skin cells. They help the skin stretch without developing scars or stretch marks. They stop drying, flaking, itch, and the development of fine (or not so fine) lines in the skin.

What about the other ingredients in Barmon Stretch Mark Cream? The product also includes:

  • Glycerin, which helps the other ingredients hold moisture in the skin,
  • Silk amino acids, also known as silk proteins or sericin, which hold moisture in the skin and have antioxidant properties,
  • Dimethicone, or silicone, which makes the formula easier to spread across the skin,
  • Triethanolamine, a controversial chemical additive used to keep the pH of the whole formula in balance, but which would form cancer-causing nitrosamines if taken inside the body,
  • Carbomer, used to give the whole product a gel-like consistency,
  • Cetyl phosphate, which can be derived from coconut oil or from petroleum distillates,
  • Benzyl alcohol, a potentially drying and skin-irritant alcohol,
  • Propylparaben, a preservative with weak estrogenic activity, which not be relevant during pregnancy because estrogen levels are already very high,
  • Disodium EDTA, a chemical added to the formula to keep it from absorbing odors from decaying natural products, and
  • Fragrance, which may be harmless or allergenic, depending on the user’s sensitivities to the particular fragrance.

Is this stretch mark cream all-natural? Absolutely not! But does it work?

Even though Barmon is not all-natural, it’s been used for 30 years with only reports of good results by thousands of satisfied customers. In fact, it’s one of the few skin care products that has been put through a legal trial. When Barmon first started selling its products, the US Postal Service accused them of making fraudulent claims. So many users of the product testified that it really worked, that there have been no regulatory issues since. And while there is theoretical possibility of acne or skin irritation, these issues have never been reported.

In 2009, the makers of Barmon reformulated the product-making it less than 100% natural-so it would not get runny in a warm room. That’s the reason for the long list of ingredients, not absolutely all of which are truly natural. But there has never been a report of any kind of problem with Barmon, and there is a money-back guarantee. You have nothing to lose except your stretch marks.