Our Favorite Stretch Mark Creams for Feeling (and Looking) Your Most Glamorous

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We know you’ve been asking for it, so here it is – our ultimate, honest and real review of the best stretch mark creams on the market. In this article, we’ll talk about the good and bad of ingredients, how to pick out the perfect stretch mark cream for you, as well as pick our favorites (both budget-wise and quality-wise) for you and your skin (and your baby, if you’re expecting).

So, make yourself comfortable, and let’s talk about those goodies.

Here is a quick comparison of all stretch mark products before we dive into the details.

Product What We Like Safe for Pregnancy? Key Ingredients Best For… Details
Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy
  • Great ingredients
  • Good reviews
  • Soft, supple skin
  • Free of parabens
  • Regestril
  • Darutoside
  • ProSveltyl
  • Allantoin
Boosting Collagen Production
TriLASTIN-SR Maximum Strength Stretch Mark Cream
  • Fades
  • Tightens
  • Moisturizes
  • No-Parabens
  • Elastin
  • Collagen
  • BeauPlex VH
Treating existing stretch marks
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
  • Lightens
  • Fading
  • Smooths skin
  • Hydrates
  • Paraben-free
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Centella Asiatica
  • Cepalin
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula
  • Free of dangerous chemicals
  • Great smell
  • Very moisturizing
  • Fades and tightens
  • Vitamin E
  • Shea butter
  • Argan oil
  • Elastin
  • Collagen
  • Theobroma oil(Cocoa)
Budget-friendly choice
Mustela Stretch Marks Cream
  • No-Fragrance
  • Free of chemicals
  • Thick consistency
  • Prevents and fades
  • Galactoarabinan
  • Shea butter
  • Avocado peptides
Good value for the quantity
Earth Mama Belly Butter
  • Free of chemicals
  • Organic
  • Soothing
  • Great for hydrating and preventing
  • Shea butter
  • Aloe Vera extract
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
Preventing the apparition of new marks
Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter
  • Chemical-free
  • Very moisturizing
  • Organic ingredients
  • Shea Butter
  • Argan Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Avocado Oil
No Harmful Chemicals
StriVectin SD Advanced Plus Intensive Moisturizing Concentrate
  • Nourishing
  • Leaves you feeling pampered
  • Boosts collagen levels
  • Collagex-CE Complex (10 types)
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Vitamin B3
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
  • Nourishing
  • Natural products
  • Not too thick consistency
  • Coconut Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Vitamin E
Sensitive smell – it’s fragrance-free
Bio-Oil
  • Helps with discoloration
  • Soothing and hydrating
  • Organic products
  • Also suitable for acne
  • Calendula Oil
  • Chamomile Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Vitamins A&E
  • Purcellin Oil
Hydrating Oil
Stretch Mark Cream Removal by Botanic Tree
  • Before&After pics
  • Efficient in preventing and fading
  • Nice smell
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Shea Butter
  • Centella Asiatica
  • Vitamin B5
  • Olive Oil
Multi-tasking: It fades stretch marks, but also prevents
Revitol Stretch Mark Cream
  • Collagen boosting
  • Preventing
  • Easy use&absorption
  • Squalane Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin D3
  • Aloe Vera
  • DL-Panthenol
Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks
  • Nourishing
  • Toxin-free
  • Pleasant scent
  • Quantity&Quality
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil
  • Tamanu Oil
Splurging and treating yourself
Deux Derme
  • Toxin-Free
  • Very moisturizing
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Shea Butter
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Vitamin E
Non-pregnancy related stretch marks
Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter by Basq
  • Creamy consistency
  • Excellent reviews
  • No chemicals
  • Reputable brand
  • Biopeptides
  • Darutoside
  • Algisium-C
  • Shea Butter
  • Squalane Oil
Bundle: they also offer Scrubs and Oils, which would make for a great set

Review of Best Stretch Mark Creams

1. Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy (4.0 oz)

Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Cream is definitely among the pricier treatment options out there, but judging by the excellent reviews it seems to have, it may just be worth it.

Pros:

  • Fast results (in as little as a few weeks);
  • Softens the skin;
  • Fades the redness of new stretch marks;
  • Free of parabens and dangerous chemicals;
  • Excellent, healthy and natural ingredient list;
  • Does not leave a greasy residue on your skin, so no worries about staining your clothes or sheets;
  • Does not seem to cause discoloration in the skin;
  • Effective both for new (colored) stretch marks and old (white-silvery) ones.

Cons:

  • Definitely not cheap;
  • It might take a bit of time to see an improvement;
  • Some seem to have got a rash or feel that the cream worsened the appearance of their marks.

We were really taken with the rave reviews this product had, as well as the impressive ingredient list, that does not expose you (or your baby) to unhealthy chemicals, which is important to us.

Overall, we’re willing to ‘overlook’ the relatively few negative reviews this had and would heartily recommend it.

It seems to work great both for preventing (aka moisturizing your skin) and treating current stretch marks, both white and red.

Tip: You can read our more in-depth review of Skinception Stretch Mark Product here. You can find more about the innovative ingredients used, which make Skinception such a potent cream for stretch marks.
Skinception Therapy for Stretch Marks
BEST FOR BOOSTING COLLAGEN PRODUCTION
Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy
by Skinception

Warranty: 67-day money-back guarantee (2 opened and used jars)

2. TriLASTIN-SR Maximum Strength Stretch Mark Cream (5.5 oz)

TriLASTIN is already a well-established name in the skin care business. It’s a reputable company, and their stretch mark cream comes with many excellent reviews. Unlike other stretch mark creams that you just lather on, TriLASTIN uses an innovative method called the Sequenced Diffusion Delivery System (SDDS).

The SDDS forms a sort of skin patch that keeps the skin moisturized and administers a dose of TriLASTIN’s active ingredients to the skin ever so often, making it easier to absorb and also prolonging the duration of its’ effects.

They also offer a version specifically for pregnancy that is both soothing and rich in antioxidants, called TriLASTIN Maternity Stretch Mark Prevention Cream.

Pros:

  • Efficient in both preventing and treating stretch marks (noticeable fading in as little as 1 week);
  • Leaves your skin feeling super-soft;
  • Firms up the loose skin left by sudden weight change;
  • Powerful tightening effect;
  • No-Parabens;
  • Deeply moisturizing.

Cons:

  • A bit pricey;
  • Some people noted a strange smell;
  • For some, it didn’t work on stretch marks that were a few years old.

What I found strange when reviewing this product is that many positive reviews only gave it 4 stars, while at the same time recommending it as an awesome product, so that might explain the relatively low Amazon rating.

Overall, I must say I’m impressed with the sheer amount of rave reviews this has – many (even some of the negative reviews) say that it does an excellent job of tightening and hydrating stretch-marked skin which, necessarily, is what we’re looking for in a stretch mark cream, so we’d definitely recommend TriLASTIN.

Tip: Use at least twice daily (ideally after a hot shower) and take the time to massage it into your skin. 30 seconds or a minute make a difference as opposed to just dumping in on-top of skin.

Also, we recommend getting their Hydro-Thermal Accelerator as well, for better absorption!

TriLASTIN SR Maximum Strength Stretch Mark Cream
BEST FOR TREATMENT OF STRETCH MARKS
TriLASTIN SR Maximum Strength Stretch Mark Cream
by EC Research

Warranty: 90 Day Money Back Guarantee

3. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy (5.29 oz)

Mederma is another stretch mark cream both for pregnancy and for other sudden weight change scars that come highly recommended by users.

Pros:

  • Lightens up dark stretch marks;
  • Considerably fades;
  • Smooths out the texture of the skin;
  • Fast results (a few weeks);
  • Botanical ingredients are known for their soothing and fading properties, such as Centella Asiatica and Cepalin;
  • Paraben-free;
  • Deeply hydrating.

Cons:

  • Strange smell;
  • Greasy feel;
  • Might not work as well for older stretch marks.

Mederma seems to be another worthwhile option for fading away stretch marks. It’s cheaper than the TriLastin and has excellent reviews and selling points, apart from the smell, though do bear in mind that most stretch mark creams have a bit of a smell.

Another thing I love about Mederma Stretch Mark Therapy is that it has hyaluronic acid in its’ composition, which is a potent moisturizer for the skin and also helps repair the damage, such as stretch marks, so yes, we would recommend Mederma as well.

TipBest used in combination with the Mederma Dry Oil, which is also specifically designed to soothe and hydrate damaged skin.
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
Stretch Marks Therapy
by Mederma

4. Best Budget: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula (4.4 oz)

Palmer’s is a highly reputable brand that offers accessible products (price-wise) of the utmost quality. As was to be expected, their stretch mark cream had loads of excellent reviews, and even the bad ones still found something nice to say.

Pros:

  • Doesn’t smell weird – even has a pleasant smell, some say;
  • Great ingredient list
  • Good price;
  • Free of parabens, phthalates and mineral oils;
  • Intense moisturizer;
  • Easy to spread and a little amount covers a lot of skin;
  • Fades away both dark and white-ish stretch marks;
  • Thick, rich consistency;
  • Also very soothing (some expecting mothers experience itchy skin on their belly);
  • Tightens the affected skin.

Cons:

  • Might work better in preventing, rather than treating old stretch marks;
  • Strong cocoa smell might get overpowering during pregnancy.

Put simply, we were overwhelmed by the number of great reviews this got. Palmer’s are known for their deeply moisturizing products, and this seems to be no exception – even the naysayers did admit it hydrated well.

Also, we love the ingredient list (both what it has and what it hasn’t). We like that it’s more than just paraben-free, as most creams are, and we also love the shea butter (excellent for moisturizing), vitamin E (we’ve got a whole article on all the ways that’s good for stretch marks!), as elastin and collagen – vital for bounciness.

We’d recommend this product.

TipThis is a great pregnancy stretch mark cream, but do make sure you start using as early as possible (around 3 months along should be great), to properly moisturize the skin before it gets in the fast-growing phase.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula
BEST BUDGET STRETCH MARK CREAM
Cocoa Butter Formula
by Palmer’s
Key Ingredients

Cocoa & Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Lutein, Argan Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil

5. Good Value for Money: Mustela Stretch Mark Prevention Cream (8.45 oz)

Mustela’s cream for stretch marks comes with high praises and recommendations, and indeed, at first glance, seems to be everything we’re looking for.

Pros:

  • Free of Parabens, Phthalates, SLS and Alcohol;
  • Comes in both ‘Lightly Fragranced’ and ‘without Fragrance’ variants;
  • Helps with sensitive skin (common in pregnancy) and irritation;
  • Absorbs well;
  • Natural Ingredients: Galactoarabinan (derived from the Larch tree), which promotes collagen and elasticity; Avocado peptides, which strengthen the protective layer of the skin; Shea butter, which is very nourishing;
  • Stops developing stretch marks in their tracks;
  • Pretty big tube;
  • Pleasant, thick consistency.

Cons:

  • A bit oily;
  • High price;
  • Strong smell (for pregnancy).

Overall, we’re quite impressed with Mustela. The fact that it’s free of so many harmful chemicals is a significant point in their favor, as is the large quantity of positive reviews. Indeed, a lot of the bad ones had to do with the strong smell, but since they also offer a no-fragrance version, we’d recommend giving that a try, if you’re pregnant and so sensitive to smell. If not, the scented one should be good, too.

We feel that you get a good value for money with this product, and so, we recommend trying Mustela on your stretch marks.

TipMight work well in combination with their Stretch Mark Prevention Oil!
Mustela Stretch Mark Prevention Cream
GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY
Stretch Marks Prevention
by Mustela
Key Ingredients

Galactoarabinan, Avocado Peptides, Shea Butter

6. Best for Prevention: Earth Mama Belly Butter (8 oz)

Earth Mama is a tried and tested brand and a much-loved option for expecting mamas.

Pros:

  • Free of Petroleum, Parabens, Mineral Oil and Fragrance;
  • Pleasant, citrus smell, though not too strong;
  • Organic;
  • Made of herbs, shea butter, and delicious essential oils;
  • Feels lovely on the skin;
  • Absorbs well;
  • Soothes irritation;
  • Thick consistency, though not greasy;
  • Very hydrating and nourishing for the skin;
  • Big bottle.

Cons:

  • Works better in preventing/moisturizing the skin, rather than getting rid of existing stretch marks;
  • Clogs pores;
  • Smell too intense for some.

First, let me say how much I love that it is free of chemicals. As I mentioned earlier, it’s crucial to protect and limit your baby’s exposure to such ingredients, and I’m always happy to see products that don’t use them. So, a big plus for Earth Mama.

I also love the use of Shea Butter as a moisturizer and that it contains Aloe Vera extract, which is very soothing. Earth Mama’s stretch mark cream has a thick, creamy consistency that will leave your skin feeling pampered and happy. And since the Con-arguments seem to depend on the person, we think Earth Mama might also be a great choice, especially for preventing stretch marks.

TipTry using it in tandem with their nourishing Belly Oil!
Earth Mama Belly Butter
BEST FOR PREVENTION OF STRETCH MARKS
Belly Butter for Stretch Marks
by Earth Mama

7. Best for No Harmful Chemicals: Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter (4 oz.)

Mama Mio is a pregnancy-dedicated brand that comes with impressive recommendations (including being Amazon’s Choice and allegedly used by actress Angelina Jolie) – but is it the right product for you?

Pros:

  • Free of Parabens, Petrolatum, Xenoestrogens, Fragrance, PEGs, Phthalates, and Glycols;
  • Impressive List of Ingredients: Shea Butter (Healing&Moisturizing), Argan Oil (Helps with elasticity, high in omega 9&6), Coconut Oil (Soothing&Strengthening), Avocado Oil (Boosts Collagen), Vitamin E, Rosehip Oil (Boosts cell regeneration) Almond Oil and Olive Oil;
  • Absorbs well;
  • Soothes itchiness;
  • Thick, luxurious texture;
  • Moisturizing.

Cons:

  • Bit of a strong smell;
  • Might irritate sensitive skin;
  • Quite expensive;
  • A bit small, esp. if you’re planning to use on belly, breasts, thighs, etc.

We love the ingredient list and all the chemicals that are missing. As a big believer in organic products, I do think that if there’s anything that will prevent you from getting stretch marks, it’s going to come from a natural source. So, a huge plus for that, and also for the pleasant, thick consistency, which always feels so great on the skin.

However, one major minus is that it is rather expensive for its’ size and might indeed wear out pretty fast if using to nurse a pregnant body. But that’s the only downside, as far as we can see, so if you’re okay with the price, this could be an excellent option for you, also if you’re using it on a smaller patch of skin.

Tip Take advantage of the creamy consistency to give yourself an excellent massage and get that blood flowing!
Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter
BEST FOR NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS
The Tummy Rub Butter
by Mama Mio

8. StriVectin SD Advanced Plus Intensive Moisturizing Concentrate (2 oz)

StriVectin is an old, respectable brand (not to mention it’s really fancy) that promises wonders and, judging by the reviews, doesn’t fail to deliver.

Pros:

  • Hydrating;
  • Boosts collagen synthesis;
  • Makes fine lines fade (and possibly stretch marks also);
  • Not greasy;
  • A little goes a long way;

Cons:

  • Expensive;
  • Full of unhealthy chemicals;
  • Small bottle;

This moisturizer is advertised for two things – one, reducing wrinkles and as an anti-aging product, and two, to fade away stretch marks. Now, for its’ first task, it performs brilliantly and is probably worth it, despite the quite high price. For stretch marks, it might work, although since its’ main target is elderly women, it’s a little challenging to tell.

And even if it does work, it’s one thing to cover your face with it and quite another to need to use it over your entire pregnant belly, breasts, etc. In that case, indeed, it’s way too little and way too expensive.

Another major issue we found with it is that its’ ingredient list (mostly unpleasant chemicals) is almost as long as the box – so, not what we recommend going for while pregnant.

In other situations, it might be a right choice, though not for treating and stopping stretch marks, definitely not pregnancy-related ones.

TipIt is a great anti-aging product, though – so if you were looking for that as well…
StriVectin SD Advanced Plus Intensive Moisturizing Concentrate
SD Advanced Plus Intensive Moisturizing Concentrate
by StriVectin
Key Ingredients

Collagex-CE Complex™ with Copper Tripeptide and Marine Ferments, Hyaluronic Acid, White Water Lily Extract, Green Bean Seed Extract, Tucuma, Cupuacu and Murumuru butters

9. Best for Sensitive Smell: Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter (6.5 oz)

Burt’s Bees have been around for ages (and so have his products!), which means they already have a loyal army of fans who swear by this stuff.

Pros:

  • Free of Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum, SLS and Fragrance;
  • Natural products, among which Shea Butter and Coconut Oil;
  • Creamy texture, though not too thick (which is good, since some people don’t like that);
  • Only need a little, so it lasts a long time;
  • Not at all greasy;
  • Made skin feel ‘divine’.

Cons:

  • Might give you a rash if you have really sensitive skin;
  • Some people were disappointed at its’ lighter consistency (it’s not as thick as you expect butter to be), so know what to expect;
  • Doesn’t seem to do that much in dealing with old stretch marks.

Overall, we loved the natural products, as they’re all deeply moisturizing and should help boost the production of elastin and collagen in your skin. We also really like that it’s a fragrance-free product, as that might appeal to many pregnant ladies, as well as some people who have a sensitivity to smell, so that’s also pretty great.

Burt’s Bees stretch mark belly butter sounds like a nourishing, rich cream that will leave you hydrated and really, that’s all you can do to prevent stretch marks (remember, a lot of it is genetics).

General TipWatch out for products with cocoa butter in them. The relatively high caffeine level can cause rapid heartbeat in some women (primarily if used often on large areas, such as a pregnant belly). This isn’t common, but still good to know.
Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Best for Sensitive Smell – Stretch Mark Butter
Mama Bee Belly Butter
by Burt’s Bees
Key Ingredients

Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Sweet Almond, Soybean Oil

10. Best Oil: Bio-Oil: Multiuse Skincare Oil (4.2 oz)

I’ve got to say, I’d heard a lot about this before I even started reading up on the product itself. Its’ fame proceeds it, so to speak, so let’s see if it’s as good as it’s talked up to be.

Pros:

  • Non-comedogenic (meaning it doesn’t clog pores) – great if you have naturally oily skin;
  • Powerful natural ingredients, among which: vitamin A (boosts elasticity); calendula oil (soothing effect); chamomile oil (anti-inflammatory and also soothing); purcellin oil (makes it easy to absorb); vitamin E;
  • Helps even out the discoloration typical of stretch marks;
  • Rich moisturizer;
  • Also helps calm acne, so might be helpful with pregnancy zits, as well as melasma (spots);
  • Good price;
  • Absorbs well (and quickly) into your skin;
  • Also smooths out wrinkles.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t seem to help reduce/disappear existing stretch marks, though it might fade them to an extent;
  • Might cause mild irritations (especially for sensitive skin);
  • Some found it only compounded the itchiness of their skin as opposed to soothing it.

This Bio-Oil seems to be smooth and easy to rub into the skin (be sure to use it twice daily, as per instructions), has an excellent track record of hydrating the skin, and at the very least helping with the discoloration caused by stretch marks. It also seems an excellent choice for the prevention of stretch marks (though, of course, that’s never a given).

Looking at the bucketfuls of great reviews, as well as the excellent list of ingredients, I must say, I’m a fast fan of this product and would recommend it.

TipTry using this Bio-Oil in combination with one of the other butters or lotions in this list for best effects. Remember, the more hydrated you are, the better!
Bio Oil
Best Stretch Mark Oil
Bio-Oil
by Bio-Oil

11. Best Multi-tasker: Stretch Mark Cream Removal by Botanic Tree (4 oz)

When you first hear about Botanic Tree’s stretch mark cream, it sounds heavenly – working to both prevent and disappear stretch marks (as well as other scars), you find yourself wondering whether you need anything else.

Pros:

  • Organic;
  • Impressive Ingredient List (including Cocoa and Shea Butter, Vit. B5, Centella Asiatica, Avocado and Olive Oil);
  • Free of Parabens;
  • Seems efficient in fading and shrinking older stretch marks as well as fresh ones (both red and white);
  • Results in as little as a few weeks;
  • Tropical scent;
  • Nourishing for the skin.

Cons:

  • Gets used up pretty fast;
  • Doesn’t have that thick consistency of body butter (since it’s a lotion) and some might not find that sufficiently hydrating;
  • Might give you a rash/breakout, especially if you’re sensitive;
  • Some felt there wasn’t enough quantity to justify the price.

Inevitably, Botanic Tree comes with some impressive claims about their product and has a lot of excellent reviews. On the other hand, we’d lend some credit to the reviews claiming it gets used up quickly (as lotions usually do), so there are good arguments on both sides.

One thing (besides the impressive ingredient list) that clinched the deal for us was the high number of Before&After customer pics on Amazon (do make sure to check those out). Also, BT seems to be useful both as a treatment and as a prevention method, so it gets out the vote as the best multi-tasker!

TipAt the time of writing, they’re having a sale, in which you can get both the cream and moisturizing oil for the same price, so that might be worth looking into.
Stretch Mark Cream Removal by Botanic Tree
Best Multi-tasker Stretch Mark Product
Stretch Mark Cream Removal
by Botanic Tree

12. Revitol Stretch Mark Prevention Cream (4 oz.)

Revitol products carry a lot of good reviews – as it happens, we have a more in-depth look at this product before. But for the more compact version, here we go –

Pros:

  • All-organic, really good products for stretch marks (such as Grapefruit Seed Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, Vit. E, Squalane Oil, and DL-Panthenol);
  • Easy to use;
  • Fast absorption;
  • Hydrating;
  • No added fragrance;
  • Due to the excellent products, effectively boosts collagen production;
  • Many noted its’ efficiency in preventing stretch marks.

Cons:

  • No really great “rave” reviews (many only give 4 stars);
  • Quite expensive for relatively small size;
  • Some noted an unpleasant odor.

Revitol Stretch Mark Cream has an impressive list of ingredients that ought to help boost the elastin and collagen in your skin, which, in turn, might be efficient in the prevention of stretch marks.

However, the reviews for it are far from stellar, and honestly, we feel that for the relatively high price, you could find something with better reviews. But of course, reviews rely on personal experience. Revitol is a reputable brand and does have a lot of satisfied customers and great Pro arguments, so if you feel confident about those, by all means, go for it.

TipThey also offer a Revitol Stretch Mark Removal Cream, which might be a better option if you’re looking to get rid of them, rather than prevent them.
Revitol Stretch Mark Prevention Cream
Stretch Mark Prevention
by Revitol

13. Best Splurge: Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks by The Spoiled Mama (8 oz)

The Spoiled Mama is a genuinely classy brand that wins you over with the way they present their products, as well as the great composition.

Pros:

  • Made from organic ingredients
  • Vegan and cruelty-free;
  • Toxin-free;
  • Good quantity for the price;
  • Pleasant chocolate-orange scent;
  • Rich, nourishing texture;
  • Helps soothe itchy skin;
  • Claims also to help fade the appearance of C-sections;
  • Moisturizing.

Cons:

  • Quite expensive;
  • Smell might be a bit strong for pregnant ladies;
  • Mildly irritating for sensitive skin;
  • Might take a while for it to arrive.

Whenever something sounds too good to be true, we tend to take the skeptical approach, but with Spoiled Mama’s Tummy Butter, we had a difficult time finding any downsides. Everything from the texture to the ingredient list, even to the box it comes in, seems to be excellent for pampering your skin.

Although it does seem to work better for preventing stretch marks, as it’s so profoundly moisturizing, rather than treating existing marks, so be sure to start using as early as possible. But other than that, our only negative comments could be concerning the price (although fairly decent, given the quantity) and the long delivery time.

TipIt’s available on Amazon, though at about $20 extra, so be sure to buy from The Spoiled Mama website instead.
Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks by The Spoiled Mama
Best Splurge Butter for Stretch Marks
Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks
by Spoiled Mama
Key Ingredients

Theobroma Oil(Cocoa), Rosehip Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil – packed with vitamins A, C, and E; Tamanu Oil – excellent anti-inflammatory

14. Best for Non-Pregnancy: Deux Derme – Stretch Mark Prevention Cream (3.4 oz)

Deux Derme certainly is impressive at a first look – fancy, one might say – but is it worth your time and money?

Pros:

  • No Parabens, No Phthalates, No Hyaluronic Acid, No Retinoids, No Formaldehyde, No Salicylic Acid, No Benzoyl Peroxide, No DEA or DHA;
  • Cruelty-free and vegan;
  • Leaves skin moisturized for a long time;
  • Doesn’t stain fabric;
  • Awesome ingredients: Vitamin E, Shea & Cocoa Butter, and Menthol;
  • Pleasant smell (for some).

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive for the small quantity;
  • Gets used up fast;
  • Some people had trouble with the smell;
  • Gives a cold sensation on skin (which means it’s working), which might be unpleasant during pregnancy.

Deux Derme won us over with its’ toxin-free formula. Indeed, it seems like a very high-quality product that can effectively moisturize your skin and mininize or stop stretch marks. However, the price is a bit steep and the quantity a bit small for pregnancy, so we’d probably recommend going with another product, in that case. Since they do say you should apply twice daily (and on a large area in pregnancy), it might get quite expensive.

However, we would recommend Deux Derme for non-pregnant women, or post-partum use, as it’s a very potent, hydrating formula.

General TipMake sure you combine whatever lotion/butter you choose with exfoliation. Whether you opt for a loofah sponge, dry brushing, or a commercial scrub, exfoliating is vital in getting the blood flowing and removing dead (damaged) skin cells.
Deux Derme - Stretch Mark Prevention Cream
Best for Non-Pregnancy
Advanced Cream Concentrate Formula for Stretch Marks
by Deux Derme
Key Ingredients

Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Plant Extract, Peptides, Cocoa Butter

15. Best Bundle: Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter by Basq (5.5 oz)

As with Revitol, we have a full, in-detail review of Basq pregnancy products, so make sure to check that out as well.

Pros:

  • Creamy, nourishing consistency;
  • Free of Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Artificial Colors and Caffeine (agitating during pregnancy);
  • Vegan and Cruelty-Free;
  • Rave reviews from ordinary folk all the way to stars, such as Heidi Klum or Sheryl Crow;
  • Soothing for irritated skin;
  • Quickly absorbed;
  • Ingredients: Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Biopeptides (boost collagen), and many others.

Cons:

  • Strong smell – although they do offer a fragrance-free version as well (though it isn’t as intensive);
  • Some were unhappy with the consistency, saying it was too light;
  • Some thought it was a bit pricey.

Basq products have quite an impressive history in both fading existing marks, as well as thoroughly hydrating the skin and preventing the appearance of new ones. And the bad reviews, few as they are, don’t carry any ‘heavy’ arguments against. So, it seems like you’d be in good hands with Basq.

TipCheck out the other products they offer (such as moisturizing oil and scrub), as they’d make an awesome combo.
Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter by Basq
Best Bundle – Stretch Mark Butter
Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter
by Basq
Key Ingredients

Biopeptides, Darutoside, Algisium-C

Our Picks

Although we love most of these products, we’ve narrowed it down to 6 favorites (in no particular order):

  • Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy

    … for the myriad of clinical studies supporting it.

  • TriLASTIN-SR Stretch Mark Cream

    … for its’ impressive tightening effect, which we think is very efficient in treating older stretch marks.

  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula

    … for the excellent price and reputation as a good moisturizer.

  • Bio-Oil: Multiuse Skincare Oil

    … also for its’ hydrating effect, as well as the overwhelming number of recommendations.

  • The Spoiled Mama’s Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks

    … for its’ unique ingredient list and sheer class.

  • Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter

    … for the ‘divine’ feeling it leaves and for not being overwhelmingly thick.

  • A Buyer’s Guide for Stretch Mark Creams

    Do stretch mark creams really work?

    Yes, they work to an extent. When shopping for a stretch mark cream, it’s important to remember everyone’s a bit different, and so, results may vary. But a good stretch mark cream should at the very least significantly reduce your scars, if not make them disappear altogether.

    Warning: Vitamin A is one of the most effective ingredients in the fight against stretch marks. It is available in two forms: retinol and retinoids. Retinol is a milder form of vitamin A used in most over-the-counter topical skin care creams. At the same time, retinoids (aka tretinoin) are a much more potent form of vitamin A and are used exclusively in prescription drugs, such as Accutane or in the topical cream Retin-A, both used heavily in the treatment against acne.

    Though vitamin A is very efficient in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, you should not use tretinoin at all during pregnancy or if trying to conceive, as it may lead to congenital disabilities in your unborn child.

    Retinol, being milder, is less dangerous, though not precisely advisable during pregnancy either, as excessive vitamin A exposure (even in the form of a topical cream) can lead to pregnancy issues.

    For those of you not pregnant but dealing with stretch marks, vitamin A (both as tretinoin and retinol) is an excellent treatment option.

    What should I look for in a stretch mark cream?

    You should look for hydrating and collagen-boosting ingredients when choosing your stretch mark cream. These include:

    • Vitamin C, as it strengthens and supports your natural collagen production;
    • Vitamin E, also great for collagen and also, really moisturizing, which is essential when it comes to damaged skin;
    • Ginseng is another popular ingredient, as it helps boost your tonus and makes your skin appear young and fresh;
    • Cocoa butter might also be a good option, as it offers intensive hydration and is rich in vitamin E;
    • Avocado Oil or Coconut Oil, both excellent for hydrating and soothing damaged skin;
    • Zinc Oxide is also an important ingredient because it heals and soothes your wounds (stretch marks are, basically, wounds).

    What ingredients should I stay away from during pregnancy?

    There are a lot of skin care ingredients you should avoid when you’re expecting, and it’s crucial that you do, as they can harm both you and your unborn child.

    • Retinoids and retinol derivatives (including tretinoin) – Retinoids (often known as Roaccutane) are used in the treatment of acne and are strictly forbidden to use during pregnancy. Retinol derivatives (retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate, retinyl palmitate, and retinyl propionate) aren’t as dangerous, but still best to be avoided, just in case.
    • Hydroquinone – a lightning agent mostly used to treat pigmentation (such as melasma, those spots that appear during pregnancy) and is easily absorbed into your body. It’s a product that puts you at risk since your skin becomes more sensitive when pregnant.
    • BHAs (Beta-hydroxy-acids) – Salicylic acid, 3-hydroxypropionic acid, trethocanic acid, and tropic acid, they’re often found in exfoliating products, but can appear in other skincare products (especially salicylic acid);
    • Parabens (propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl, and methyl parabens) – linked to cancer and breathing problems, as well as upsetting the estrogen level in your body.
    • Phthalates – mostly found in products with fragrance (which is why you should try to look for fragrance-less products) and can be harmful both to you and the baby;
    • Mineral Oils – they might be contaminated with toxins and have been linked to cancer;
    • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – often contaminated with dioxane, which has been linked to cancer and liver damage, among others; It can also irritate the skin.
    • Propylene glycol – generally safe, although when used for a long time can be toxic;
    • Petrolatum – potential carcinogen;

    Not all of these may be found in stretch mark creams, but it is still essential to avoid them when pregnant, which is why we’ve included them. Please always check the label, and when in doubt about an ingredient/product, look it up. It only takes a minute and might be necessary for the health of you and your baby.

    Tip: We also advise staying away from the last six when you’re not pregnant, as they are generally dangerous ingredients, and using retinol-derivate products with a measure.

    So, how do I choose the right stretch mark cream?

    The right stretch mark cream should have as few of the dangerous ingredients and as many hydrating/collagen-boosting ones as possible. The perfect cream should be one that makes you feel pampered (because you deserve it!), is of high quality, but also doesn’t make you feel too guilty about the price.

    In our reviews, we do our best to provide you with 100% honest suggestions and conclusions to help you select the right cream.

    Bear in mind that for all products, some people say they work, and some don’t. We won’t be mentioning this in every review, as we feel that would be redundant. We will try to focus, however, on other, more tangible aspects.