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13 Best Stretch Mark Creams to Actually Improve Your Skin’s Appearance

Spoiler alert: Our skin is shooketh!

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Kayla Ramsey

Whether you have warrior stripes from a pregnancy or you've simply developed pesky stretch marks over the years, we’re here to introduce you to stretch mark creams, so you don't have to feel stuck with them.

But First, What Actually Causes Stretch Marks?

The source of stretch marks can seem mysterious, but stretch marks are a natural occurrence that many people experience.

We chatted with skin expert Laura Dyer MSHS, PA-C, a dermatology and aesthetic specialist in New York City, who says that we're more susceptible to getting stretch marks when our skin is dry or stretching quickly, like when we gain weight rapidly or during pregnancy.

While you can’t always prevent stretch marks, Dyer says you can help prevent them (or minimize their appearance) by staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and zinc.

So, What Makes a Good Stretch Mark Cream?

To help minimize the appearance of stretch marks that you already have, Dyer gives these basic parameters: The healing ingredients you'll want to look for in effective stretch-mark prevention creams are vitamin A and vitamin E, plus cocoa, shea, and jojoba butters.

She personally used Burt’s Bees Belly Butter and Bio-Oil during her pregnancy and had “zero” stretch marks. Dyer also says you should use products that contain hyaluronic acid and collagen-stimulating ingredients, like Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy. These products can tighten the skin and reduce inflammation to help improve skin texture and help fade stretch marks over time.

Best Stretch Mark Creams

How We Tested

Armed with our expert information, we researched the top creams on the market in terms of popularity and user reviews to determine which products to test. Then, twice a day for 3 weeks, our editors slathered their stretch marks with creams, butters, and oils to find the ones that are actually effective and will finally make a noticeable change in your stretch marks.

During the testing period, we looked out for a difference in texture (both the stretch mark and surrounding area), a change in the stretch marks’ appearance, and the scent and feel of the cream itself.

These are the best stretch mark creams worth buying in 2021 that we’ve kept on using ourselves.

Learn more about how we test products, from the questions we ask our testing team, to the types of products we feel are actually worth testing, to the overall time we put in to our testing process.

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Best Overall
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
Mederma amazon.com
$35.75 (15% off)

Tester: Christine Anderson

Standout Result: Stretch-mark prevention during pregnancy

Starting in your second trimester, set aside time daily to stop stretch marks before they start. Massaging this thick cream into your skin until it's completely absorbed will be worth the effort when you put on a bikini for the first time after giving birth! 

Our executive director — who at the time of review was 36 weeks pregnant — has found that the Mederma Stretch Marks Removal Cream is the best prevention option out there. She slathered the cream on her belly and hips for 7 months and didn’t have a single stretch mark.

It's recommended to use even while breastfeeding, too. You can thank one of the main ingredients, Cepalin, a proprietary onion extract. It reduces swelling and inflammation, naturally!

More: These Are the Nipple Balms All Breastfeeding Moms Need

Best for Fast Results
Body Merry Stretch Marks & Scars Defense Cream
Body Merry amazon.com

Tester: Erica Murphy

Standout Result: Fast results

If you read the reviews, this defense cream starts working quickly to make stretch marks fade fast. The nourishing formula of organic cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and antioxidant-rich green tea leaf extract are known for healing stretch marks.

According to Murphy, "The first few times I used this product, I was shocked at how much the product diminished the appearance of the stretch marks. I feel like the main reason was because the product hydrated my skin so much, which lightened up the color of the stretch marks pretty significantly.

While the moisturizing cream will give you noticeable results in about 2 weeks — with even better results after consistent use over a course of months — Murphy warns that the smell can be off-putting. She also recommends using the cream at night, since the texture is very rich and thick.

Best Multipurpose Product
Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil
Bio-Oil amazon.com

 Tester: Zarah Kavarana

Standout Result: Skin-texture smoothing

If Bio Oil is good enough for Kim Kardashian, then it's perfect for you, too! 😉 The mom of four swears by this classic oil as a daily body moisturizer. 

Our tester also thinks that the highly hyped oil is one of the best options out there. She said, "My stretch marks are much less textured than they were a few weeks ago. In fact, I feel like I notice more of a difference in the texture of my skin than I do in the appearance."

While it will take several months to see a huge difference in the appearance of the stretch marks, Kavarana confirmed that her "stretch marks are noticeably much less visible than they were just a few weeks ago." However, the texture is a bit greasy, so she recommend avoiding form-fitting clothes right after use.  

Best for Prevention
Mustela Stretch Mark Prevention Cream
Mustela amazon.com

Tester: Latifah Miles

Standout Benefit: Improves skin elasticity

Stretch-mark prevention doesn't have to start after pregnancy. The Mustela Stretch Mark Prevention Cream is formulated to be safe to apply during and after pregnancy with all-natural ingredients like avocado peptide and shea butter. The smooth cream absorbs quickly to nourish and hydrate the skin without that icky, greasy feeling left behind.

Our tester, who gave birth almost a decade ago, noticed a big difference in the softness of her skin. However, she didn’t notice a huge change in the appearance of her stretch marks that have been hanging around for a while.

But she does think that the product would help keep stretch marks at bay during pregnancy with continued use. She also noted the light and airy feel of the cream, as well as its pleasant scent.

Most Improved Texture
Advanced Silicone Scar Remover Gel
TEREZ & HONOR amazon.com
$24.99 (34% off)

Tester: Cat Bowen

Standout Result: Better overall texture

This silicone gel has well over 1,200 5-star reviews on Amazon, and we can understand why. The gel is colorless and odorless, and dries quickly after application.

Our tester has been dealing with stretch marks for most of her life, and was pleasantly surprised by how effective this cream was. “After a couple of weeks of use, the stretch marks on my legs and the sides of my stomach were much softer, and didn’t feel like they were depressing my skin as much as they were before,” she said.

She recommends applying it liberally a few times per day and keeping it away from sunlight for the best results.

Best Reviews
Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Burt's Bees ulta.com

This stretch mark cream is a best-seller on Amazon, and for good reason. It's super nourishing, and made with shea butter and vitamin E. Plus, the formula is designed to provide relief on stretched skin both during and after pregnancy.

Best for Elasticity
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter
Palmer's amazon.com

Palmer's Tummy Butter is formulated with cocoa butter and shea butter, vitamin E, and an argan, almond, and coconut oil blend to provide ultimate moisture for the skin. It's also designed to keep skin soft and plump throughout pregnancy and is recommended for nighttime use. Plus, it's hypoallergenic!

Best Organic Cream
Botanic Tree Simply Organic Stretch Mark Removal Cream
Botanic Tree amazon.com
$19.90 (13% off)

Apply this stretch-mark cream every morning and evening for 2 to 3 months for the best results. The triple-action formula contains cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil, moringa, and vitamin B-5. It protects against and minimizes the appearance of fresh stretch marks and older scars.

Best Firming Cream
Clarins Stretch Mark Removal Cream
Clarins Ulta

Along with stretch marks often comes another postpartum reality — loose, saggy skin. This formula contains crowberry juice, which helps to firm your skin, smooth out ripples and bumps, and improve skin tone and texture.

Best for Darker Marks
Glow Belly Butter 100% Organic Stretch Mark Removal Cream
Glow Organics amazon.com

You're going to love this organic, unscented product that naturally promotes skin elasticity. Macadamia nut, grapeseed, and sweet almond oil are infused in this stretch-mark cream formula — it's the perfect go-to for prevention, or if your mommy marks are darker in color.

Best Collagen Cream
Body Boost Milk & Honey Stretch Mark Removal Cream Butter
Body Boost amazon.com
$12.00 (20% off)

Body Boost's collagen- and elastin-containing cream also has gotu kola, a plant ingredient that aids in strengthening connective tissue for tighter skin. The formula also contains rosehip, grapeseed, jojoba, and borage oils. You can thank the shea butter base for the silky texture of the cream.

Best For Sealing In Moisture
Dermaclara Enhanced Silicone Fusion Stretch Mark System
Dermaclara amazon.com

 Dermaclara's solution is unique in that it is a wearable silicone pad that locks moisture into an area for a period of up to 9 hours. Reviewers on YouTube  show promising results after long-term use of the product.  

It's a multistep process of cleansing the skin, adding a layer of the moisturizer, and then covering the area with a freshly cleaned, reusable silicone pad. After that, you allow the moisture to soak into the skin for many hours, and then cleanse again. 

It's very similar to silicone eye masks and wrinkle patches and works in much the same way. It stands to reason that it would have similar effects to those products. 

Best Patches
Aroamas Professional Silicone Scar Sheets (4-Month Supply)
Aroamas amazon.com

You won't believe how easy this product is to use. Aroama's silicone sheets are similar to the above by Dermaclara, except these are disposable, and smaller in size, perfect for areas like under a c-section scar, or the back of hips where you might have been spared. 

This brand is another Amazon reviewer favorite for both scars and stretch marks. Thousands of 5-star reviews, and loads of before and after photos from happy customers. They're decidedly easy to use and apparently, quite effective. 

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