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Doesn't live up to it's name...Alternatives are much better
on April 4, 2006
As a bodybuilder and BMX rider, I was plagued with some rather large and unsightly stretch marks and scars, which gave me a lot of experience in trying different things to remedy them. And I must say, as both a stretch mark and scar treatment, this is a strikingly inadequate product. For less than $9.99, you can get between 4 and 15 oz. of a Palmer's brand Cocoa Butter formula with better ingredients. While Vitamin E and Cocoa butter do help, they will do very little for a product you'll spend so much time rubbing in, and hold out so much hope for.
Your best bet, though more expensive, is to find a product with a "transport" mechanism that will bring the nutrients and moisturizers underneath the skin, where the bulk of the scar is. One example of this is liposomes, found in Body Shape Hydroderm.
And for those combating stretch marks, other very important ingredients are:
1) Collagen and elastin (found in Palmer's Stretch Mark Creams and many lotions for skin, both for under $9.99). Elastin, surprise surprise, lends to you skin being more elastic and resistant to new stretch marks, while collagen helps to "fill up" or restore the empty space left by the dermal tear that causes the mark.
2) Dimethicone (silicone), cocoa butter, jojoba, aloe, or any ingredient with "PEG" in it. These are effective moisturizers of the scar and stretch mark grade.
3) Vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin C is the best hope among vitamins for restoring scars, but only when mixed with collagen, I would argue. Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), should slow any progressive scars or marks. Vitamin A is mostly preventative, so you may need it for your lotion, but not for your 2-minute rubbing sessions on scars (be VERY disciplined on these, by the way!).
I used Body Shape Hydroderm, which I think is discontinued, but I would recommend going with Strixaderm-MD 6oz, available on Amazon.com for about 1/3 of the cost of StriVectin-SD, if you really want the scar to go away and your budget will allow it.
Also, if you're using one of these restorative formulas, your best bet is to stack it with a collagen-infused lotion, butter, or rub. If you are looking for an all-over-the-body lotion to use in addition to a scar treatment, the best I've found is Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion (White bottle with gold trim). It can be found in most drug stores for around $15 for 14 oz. and has Vitamin's A, C, and E, as well as dimethicone, jojoba, aloe, collagen and elastin.
Lastly, if your scar is more than 6 months old, there may be some benefit to be had, but consider seriously whether you will want to burden the costs. A $60 Strixaderm-MD oz. tube lasts 6 months on 9 inches worth of scars or marks (You'll need to go between 3 to 6 months on pretty much any scar, and a full 6 months on pretty much any stretch mark, new or old). If you're dealing with major stretch marks, chances are you've got a more of that to go, so consider whether the stretch marks are worth the cost to you if you're dealing with old ones for which most cheaper cremes are relatively ineffective. Most of all, good luck, and I hope this review has helped!