Mederma Stretch Mark Cream
What’s unique about Mederma?
Take the merest of glances at the stretch mark cream market, and the very first thing you’ll notice is the mind-boggling array. There are just so many products to choose from, and as any salesperson knows all too well, having too many choices can drive you, the buyer, away.
But there is one way to avert feeling snowed, measure one cream against the other, and finally make some sense of it all: read about that one very special ingredient, touted by almost every maker, that none of the other creams have. In Mederma, that feature is cepalin.
Cepalin is a botanical derivative of onions. Historically, in several global cultures, onion extract has been used to soothe skin irritations. It allegedly improves the skin’s texture by softening and smoothing out scars.
What’s strange about cepalin, however, is its blatant obscurity. Not much can be found out about it. Cepalin isn’t listed on Wikipedia, and that alone should raise a red flag. There are queries online from people who would like to know more about it, and their questions are not getting answered.
Only the official Mederma site has much to say about cepalin.
What are the best features of Mederma?
The makers of Mederma state that a clinical study revealed that 80% of the subjects reported reduction of the pigment of their stretch marks after using it for twelve weeks. Although this sounds fairly satisfactory, the trouble is stretch marks tend to fade on their own after twelve weeks or so, anyway.
The actual physical properties of Mederma seem to cause no complaints. It’s a clear gel that looks and feels like water as soon as it’s rubbed into the skin. It reportedly has a nice smell.
The price is another good thing. A tube of Mederma just under two ounces sells for around $24.00. For an average amount of stretch marks on the stomach, that lasts about three months. If there are also stretch marks on the breasts, hips, arms, etc., then more than one tube is required. All in all, however, the price is comparatively small.
There’s a money-back guarantee. Mederma is recommended for all kinds of scarring, and if you don’t see an improvement after you use it for the amount of time indicated for your scars, you will get a full refund.
What are the unfavorable reports about Mederma?
One reviewer said that her stretch marks were so bad that they made her C-section scar look minor. She had no hope that anything non-surgical would work. She said that after she started using Mederma, a top layer of her skin peeled off. It was painless and at first she was positive; she thought maybe the peeling was a sign that it worked. This turned out to be untrue. In the end, she said, there were no changes in her stretch marks.
She admitted that she used Mederma only three times a day, when the instructions had recommended four.
Another user of Mederma complained that you have to let it dry before clothing can touch it. Every morning she had to spend ten minutes shirtless, waiting for her skin to dry. Her red marks became pink after two months, and that was all very nice, but she knew that they probably would have done that anyway.
A third user said Mederma fades stretch marks a little, but only if you use it obsessively.
Thumbs-up or thumbs-down for Medermatm?
For the low price, it may be worth a try, but there seems to be almost no evidence that Mederma or its main feature, capelin, lessens stretch marks any more than what time does on its own.