Why don’t creams and lotions work on stretch marks?

Posted on 26 Jul, 2011

Stretch marks can be the bane of your life, causing you to develop issues with self-esteem and body confidence that can be crippling to almost all parts of your life. Some people with stretch marks won’t wear a bikini on the beach or a short skirt, preferring to cover up and hideaway.

People who have stretch marks, or are worried about getting them, tend to spend a small fortune on lotions, creams and many other ‘miracle cures’ to get rid of their unsightly stretch marks. This is such a huge waste of time, money and effort, as no cream has yet been successful at eradicating stretch marks.

But why exactly don’t creams and lotions work on stretch marks? Even the most expensive varieties barely result in a visible improvement, but why is this the case?

The answer can be found by looking at how stretch marks are caused, and where exactly in the skin they form. We have three layers of the skin –outer (epidermis), middle (dermis) and innermost (subcutaneous stratum). Stretch marks form in the dermis, the middle layer, which is precisely why to stretch mark creams and ointments don’t work – they cannot penetrate this deeply into the skin.

The only effective solution for getting rid of stretch marks is to use laser treatment combined with microdermabrasion and ultrasound therapy. This will cause stretch marks to fade, and your skin to look tighter and younger.