Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Intensive Cream - 5.29 oz. (150g)
You can’t start a journey until you take the first step. So move past the doubt. Put aside the fear. And give Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy a chance to start showing you that stretch marks can’t stop you from being the real you. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy delivers visible-to-the-naked-eye results by diminishing discoloration, improving texture, and enhancing softness to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy is a nourishing cream formula that combines a unique blend of ingredients:
- Cepalin, a proprietary botanical extract
- Hyaluronic acid
- Centella asiatica plant extract
But what doesn't go into Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy is just as important as what does. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy is now paraben free.
In a survey 76% of women who used Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy for 12 weeks saw results, but, more importantly, were satisfied with how much their stretch marks improved. In fact, more women are satisfied with Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy than with other leading stretch mark products.
With Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Intensive Cream, you'll experience no doubts. Just you.
About Stretch Marks
Stretch Marks form when the underlayers of skin are stretched too quickly. You can’t always avoid stretch marks, but the more you know about them, the better decisions you can make in order to improve their appearance and feel better in your own skin.
Who gets stretch marks, and why?
The medical term for stretch marks is Striae distensae, and exact causes for it are still unknown. Some researchers think they are caused by the overstretching of connective tissue in the skin or by hormones. Others theorize they run in the family or can even be caused by a type of infection. No matter the cause, about 68% of women and 24% of men develop stretch marks.
A number of events and conditions can cause stretch marks.
As many as 90% of women get stretch marks when they are pregnant. It’s not surprising that these marks commonly occur first during the sixth and seventh months - when the body is changing to prepare for delivery and the baby is large enough that the mother can feel her baby’s body or head when she touches her stomach. During this time, stretch marks can appear on the stomach, hips and breasts.
- Rapid Weight Gain
The way skin reacts to weight change also causes stretch marks. People who gain weight quickly can develop stretch marks, and losing weight quickly after gaining weight might even make stretch marks more noticeable because the skin becomes looser and less taut.
- Rapid Growth
Growth or stretching of skin over a short period of time can also cause stretch marks. This is why they are common in adolescents during growth spurts. During these periods of rapid growth, stretch marks commonly occur in boys on the outer thighs and lower back. In girls, the marks are more common in the thighs, upper arms, buttocks and breasts. About 70% of adolescent girls and 40% of adolescent boys have stretch marks.
- Other Causes
Though stretch marks are caused most often by pregnancy and rapid growth or changes in weight, other conditions can cause them as well:
- Some types of bodybuilding where muscle mass increases quickly.
- Stretching skin at the site of stitches.
- Overuse of steroids, cortisone skin creams or corticosteroids (Cushing syndrome).
- Some inherited conditions that affect connective tissues (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome).
How Stretch Marks Age
Stretch marks appear on areas of the skin that have expanded quickly and look like bands, stripes or lines. They can develop on the stomach, hips, thighs, buttocks, breasts and other places on the body.
When stretch marks are new, they might be slightly raised and itchy. Coloring can range from red, pink or even brown, and the skin might seem thin or glossy. In time, the marks get longer and might turn a deep purple in color.
Eventually, stretch marks smooth out and become “atrophic” or sunken areas of skin. They also change to a whitish color.
Myths and Facts About Stretch Marks
Researchers don’t always agree about what causes stretch marks, but that hasn’t kept people from taking guesses. Here are some myths and facts Mederma does know, to help you sort it all out.
- Myth: If you have stretch marks, you must be overweight.
Fact: Stretch marks occur when the skin is overstretched. That happens when you gain weight, of course. But it also occurs during pregnancy, rapid growth or any time the skin is stretched too far too quickly.
- Myth: Only women get stretch marks.
Fact: Women do get stretch marks more often, but about one in four men (24%) get them, too. Boys can also get them when there’s rapid growth during puberty, for example. Plus, bodybuilders of either sex can get stretch marks if they build muscle mass too quickly.
- Myth: Losing weight will make your stretch marks disappear.
Fact: Unfortunately, losing weight doesn’t mean you’ll lose the stretch marks. In fact, weight loss can sometimes cause stretch marks to appear more noticeable because the skin becomes looser and less taut.
- Myth: You can’t do anything about stretch marks.
Fact: You can’t totally get rid of stretch marks, but research has shown that certain products and treatments can improve how they look and feel.
- Myth: There’s no need to take care of stretch marks.
Fact: This might be the biggest myth. It is true that stretch marks rarely cause medical problems. But for some people, they cause embarrassment and distress. That’s why dermatologists (doctors who specialize in skin conditions) and researchers have worked hard to find ways to treat them.
Maderma Stretch Marks Therapy FAQs:
What is Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy?
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy is a nourishing cream formula that combines a unique blend of ingredients, including the proprietary botanical extract Cepalin, hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica plant extract, and is clinically shown to improve the appearance of stretch marks.
I heard Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy is paraben free. What are parabens?
Parabens are preservatives commonly and safely used in many skin care products. However, many Mederma users requested a paraben-free option, so they listend. Mederma Strech Marks Therapy is now paraben free.
How is Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy different from other stretch marks products?
Mederma is specifically formulated, dermatologist tested and clinically shown to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. 76% of women who used Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy for 12 weeks were satisfied with their results. That’s 3 out of 4 women. In fact, more women are satisfied with Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy than with other leading stretch mark products.
When should I start to see results?
If you use Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy as directed, you should begin to see improvement in about 4 weeks. To see optimum improvement, use Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy for the full 12-week course of therapy as directed.
Will Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy work on old stretch marks?
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy is clinically shown to reduce the appearance of newly formed stretch marks. If your stretch marks are older or have faded to silvery white, they may not respond as well.
Can I use Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Even though Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy contains botanical and other ingredients that are commonly used in many creams and lotions, patients should talk with their healthcare professional or OB/GYN prior to using any new products while pregnant or breastfeeding.
I have leftover Mederma Scar Gel that I'd like to use on my stretch marks. Is this ok?
You may be inclined to use the Mederma family of products interchangeably on stretch marks and scars because they all contain Cepalin. It is important to remember, however, that Mederma Scar products are formulated differently than Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy and are specifically formulated to improve the appearance of scars, so you will see optimal results if you use the product that is appropriate for your specific skin condition.
What is Cepalin?
Cepalin is the proprietary botanical extract in all Mederma products, which works to improve the overall appearance, texture and color of stretch marks.
What happens if I miss an application of Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy?
For the best results on your stretch marks, you should try to apply Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy as directed, because if you frequently miss applications it will take longer to see results. If you’re concerned about missing applications, sign up for the Mederma reminder program. It’s a great resource for the forgetful and the diligent alike to be sure you keep up with your Mederma applications, and they offer new tips and facts about your skin and stretch marks.
The Mederma family of products, including Mederma Advanced Scar Gel, Mederma Cream Plus SPF 30, Mederma for Kids and Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy, has a long tradition of visible improvement in the appearance of scars and stretch marks when used as directed. The #1 doctor- and pharmacist-recommended brand for scars, Mederma helps reduce the appearance of scars resulting from surgery, injury, burns, and acne, making them softer, smoother, and less noticeable.