A popular remedy for stretch marks that I keep reading about is the Cicatricure stretch mark cream, produced by Cicatricure. For this article, I thought I would see if this product was really up to the delicate task of fading away those tiger stripes and bringing you some of that much sought-after self-confidence.
What Does Cicatricure Stretch Mark Cream Do?
According to the product’s description, Cicatricure acts mainly as a hydrating factor and keeps your skin well-moisturized. See, one of the main issues when dealing with stretch marks is moisture retention. Since stretch marks are wounds, the skin around them is affected, dried out, and thus sensitive and more prone to damage.
By nurturing the skin with essential fatty acids, Cicatricure proposes to create a barrier between your damaged skin and external factors that might worsen your marks.
By feeding your skin, Cicatricure also encourages the production of elastin and collagen. These two elements are essential in the rebuilding process to bring fresh, plump skin to the surface.
What Ingredients Does Cicatricure Rely On?
To fully understand what you can expect from a product, you need to look at the list of ingredients and glean what it can (and can’t) do for your skin.
Centella Asiatica Extract
Centella Extract works by encouraging the cells inside your body responsible for the production of new collagen.
As mentioned, collagen (together with elastin) helps in the regeneration of the skin cells and brings you a plump, healthy look. While there is some evidence to suggest Centella Asiatica creams are useful on stretch marks, it would seem that oral supplements of the stuff are preferable.
Saccharum Officinarum Extract (aka Sugarcane)
Sugarcane is a little-known but beneficial ingredient in topical creams, as not only does it moisturize the skin, but it also acts as a humectant. It attracts moisture and binds it to the skin, strengthening the moisture and protection layer.
Aloe Vera Extract
Aloe Vera is another popular anti-stretch mark agent, even though little scientific data backs it. See, Aloe is a natural healing agent and works particularly well to soothe fresh (red) stretch marks and improve their appearance. It’s also a natural skin softener, making it a great treatment for stretch marks.
Known by many as a soothing tea herb, Chamomile can also be used topically to treat various skin issues. It has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an efficient remedy for practically any and every wound.
While the Cicatricure cream contains some excellent and efficient ingredients for fading and preventing stretch marks, it also raises a few red flags. For one, I wasn’t crazy about the heavy use of Parabens. If you are pregnant or nursing, parabens are not something you should bring near your delicate child, and subsequently, your skin.
Another ingredient that worries me is liquid paraffin. It has been associated with granulomatous reactions, even when present in only small amounts, and is not indicated for use during pregnancy (or while breastfeeding).
What’s Everyone Saying About It?
No product review would be complete without mentioning some of the good and bad I found in actual customer testimonials.
- Stretch marks appear lighter;
- Several customers applauded the fast and reliable customer service;
- It lets you wear swimsuits without feeling embarrassed by your stretch marks;
- Many said the marks were hardly visible at all after a few months of use;
- Soothing, cooling sensation;
- Very hydrating.
- While many people seem to agree it works, they point out that it takes time, so this is not an overnight miracle cure;
- Several noted they didn’t see a difference in their marks;
- One user noted a rash on her chest after use;
- A few people complained about the strong smell (maybe not a good idea if you are pregnant and sensitive to smell).
Overall, I’d say it’s a tricky thing to say for sure. While some used Cicatricure for stretch marks and saw good results, many seem less than impressed.
What Can You Honestly Expect from Cicatricure?
Cicatricure has the potential to lighten existing stretch marks and prevent the appearance of new ones (especially as many of its ingredients seem to focus on hydration skin elasticity).
If you like, you could also try the Cicatricure gel explicitly designed for scars and seems to have quite a few potent ingredients to lighten and improve your marks’ appearance. Maybe using them in tandem could give you a more aggressive stretch mark treatment, and perhaps yield faster results.
- How should I use Cicatricure stretch mark cream?
Apply Cicatricure 2-3 times a day on the areas most prone to stretch marks (or on existing stretch marks), gently rubbing the product into the skin.
- When should I start using Cicatricure if pregnant?
The sooner you start using, the more hydrated your skin will be, and the more chances you’ll have of escaping stretch marks.
- How soon should I see results?
While it’s possible to see an improvement in as little as 2-3 weeks, you should use the cream for at least 2-3 months to reap the full benefits.
The Verdict – Is Cicatricure Worth It?
Unfortunately, there is too little information available (as well as some negative aspects, such as the dangerous ingredients) for me to be able to recommend it wholeheartedly. Yes, Cicatricure may work, and it would be a good idea to give it a try.
As an alternative, I recommend using other reliable stretch mark products, such as TriLastin, with its excellent track record, or Skinception, the intensive cream designed specifically to treat pregnancy stretch marks.