After two back-to-back pregnancies, I definitely bear the “badge” of motherhood—deep, highly visible stretch marks. On my stomach, my sides, my lower back and my breasts. You can’t miss them.
When I was pregnant, I tried every preventative measure possible to avoid getting stretch marks. Since that didn’t work for me, I was really hesitant to try a stretch mark cream.
However, as a medical writer, I am more confident in products that have independent clinical studies, so when I was presented with the opportunity to review a stretch mark cream that has positive clinical results, I decided to give it a try.
According to the clinical study, after using Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream, 70% of participants saw results in 2 weeks and 90% saw results after 12 weeks.
The cream is fragrance free, paraben free and not tested on animals.
The base ingredients include shea butter, coca butter, olive oil and meadowfoam seed oil. Then, SmartPeptides (the company’s patented heptapeptide 7), resveratrol, licorice extract, brightening amino acids, algae extract and other ingredients that work to fade the appearance of stretch marks and nourish the skin are added.
The product literature says that Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream will:
- Reduce appearance of both red and silver stretch marks
- Improve discoloration
- Even skin tone and texture
- Protect the skin to help prevent future stretch marks
So, did the stretch mark cream meet my expectations?
The answer is a resounding, yes.
I have been using the cream for about 5 ½ weeks now, and my stretch marks have faded significantly. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still there, but they aren’t nearly as noticeable.
I showed Brian my stomach the other day and, at first, he wasn’t sure why I was doing that until he looked at my stomach—then a look of pure shock crossed his face. The change is that significant.
The stretch marks on my breasts are much deeper than the ones everywhere else (to the point where one of them bled while I was pregnant with Kaylee), and even those are getting better. Since they’re the blue type, it has taken longer to see results with them, but the blue has faded a lot and they seem to be smoother.
I will definitely continue using the Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream. I’m looking forward to seeing the results after a full 12 weeks. If you have been searching for a way to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks, I recommend checking out Apothederm.
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