Pros: Money back guarantee, not greasy, can help reduce visibility of stretch marks.
Cons: Results will vary from person to person.
My stretch marks occured when I had my heart attack. In a two week time frame I retained about thirty pounds of water. That caused stretch marks on my sides and stomach. Not only were they painful but they were red and anything that came in contact with them hurt like holy hell. I had to endure these for the better part of a month; I started using this while I was still in the hospital knowing that the sooner you start working on them the better results you can get. I have never known anyone that has said "this is something that is going to completely get rid of stretch marks"; it will lighten them and make them less noticeable but getting rid of them is another story. The vain population can opt to have skin removal but since that is almost always considered a vanity procedure it won't be something that most insurance companies will cover.
I have used scar removers in the past with mixed results so when I asked a friend to get me something for the stretch marks, they brought me this. You need to be diligent with this; you can't use it "here and there" or miss a couple of days or it isn't going to be effective. The manufacturer suggests using this twice a day and massaging it in to the skin. If you have wide areas of marks you are going to blow through a bottle every couple of months, mine lasted about eight weeks using it twice a day. Once skin is damaged to this degree it is hard to repair so go in to using this with an open mind and don't expect dramatic or immediate results. It might work, it might not but if you use it twice daily for the recommended twelve weeks at least you will know that you gave it your best shot.
For me, it lightened them but they are still there. Yes, you do have to be close up and personal to see them so on that level the product did work but they are still there. My weight gain was a lot faster than progressive fat gain or pregnancy so my results are not typical; the skin was damaged to a degree and in such a short amount of time that even a little bit of recovery was a blessing. I continue to train and work out and am almost to my target body fat percentage. I am not self conscious about the stretch marks; some people won't wear shorts or cut off shirts because of them but that's just insanity. You are who you are, no one is perfect. If you are going in to using this with the idea that this is going to transform you, chances are you are going to be disappointed. No one can guarantee the results you will get from it. This is backed with a guarantee that if you use it for twelve weeks and don't see results they will refund your purchase price.
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy is not cheap; you are looking at a $35.00 to $45.00 price tag for each bottle. As mentioned, if you have massive stretch marks on your belly, sides, legs and arms you are going to go through it faster than someone that has isolated stretch marks. The sooner you start to treat them the better your results will be however even if you have the aged stretch marks that have that silvery shine to them, this is worth trying because of the money back guarantee that they offer. Make sure you keep your receipt for this [if possible, purchase it separately from other products and tape the receipt inside a cabinet]. You can return the bottle with the remaining contents to the store you purchased it from instead of sending it back to them. They list a toll free number on the bottle in case you have any issues making a return on it.
My marks are less visible but they are not gone; I'm not sure if I would have seen 'better' results if I would have continued with it for another twelve weeks so I can't say whether this is something that is going to continue working past that timeframe. If you have the money, this is worth trying but only if you are going to use it twice a day and massage it in. Just applying it like a hand lotion isn't going to stimulate the skin; you need to massage in it for a couple of minutes. If there are areas that you can't reach, you can have someone else do it for you. This is something that can be used with other Mederma products in case you want to tackle scars at the same time.
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