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Overall, the positive reviews outnumbered the negative reviews. Customers seem genuinely happy to have come across the product, saying it makes their skin feel soft and supple, they used it as directed and got no stretch marks as expected.
Revitol Stretch Mark Reduction Cream REVIEW - Does it really work?
Revitol creates and produces eight different skin treatment creams made from all natural ingredients. They have been in business for nearly ten years now.
Revitol Stretch Mark Cream “will significantly diminish the appearance of stretch marks.”
The company claims the product will prevent the onset or development of stretch marks. They also claim reduced appearance of existing stretch marks. It claims to do this by nourishing the skin with squalene oil, Vitamin A, D and E and grapefruit seed extract.
The write up uses words like “strengthen and deeply condition” the skin, “Vitamin E and grapefruit seed extract act to strengthen elastin and collagen found deep in the lower epidermis” and “by stimulating production of your body’s own natural collagen."
But which is it? Strengthen collagen or stimulate production of collagen?
According to an article by Varani, J (2000), studies were done across 72 individual in four age groups on the effects of the topical application of Vitamin A to ones skin. The second oldest group had significant tissue damage and decreased collagen production. When a 1% Vitamin A (Retinol) solution was applied to the skin of the oldest group for seven days, noticeably increased collagen synthesis occurred as well as increased fibroblast formation (cells that produce collagen and elastin). Therefore, yes Vitamin A can stimulate collagen production, improving the appearance and texture of the skin. However, as this product is not FDA regulated we cannot be certain of the quality of concentration or form of Vitamin A in the cream or its method of transportation across the tissue.
The website stresses use of the product early on in the pregnancy even during conception, probably to hope to initiate new synthesis of collagen. They also emphasize frequent use of the product. Studies on wound management would indicate that in fact keeping the wound area moist allows for the greatest amount of regeneration of healthy skin tissue. Collagen synthesis and wound repair are also facilitated by adequate oxygenation of the wound site, through exercise, adequate protein for tissue repair and supplements including Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C; a collagen precursor and zinc for protein synthesis. Vitamin D is also useful in skin repair. Moderate weight gain and genetics will also be a factor in getting stretch marks or not.
What are users saying?
One user said she found no change in the appearance of her stretch marks after using the product 1 to 3 times daily. However, she did notice that where she had applied the cream, the skin was considerably firmer. She thought it would be of better use as a preventative or on recent stretch marks.
Another user did use it throughout her pregnancy and did not get any new stretch marks and noted that even her old stretch marks became much less noticeable.
One more also said that, even with tremendous weight gain during her pregnancy and strong genetic tendency towards getting stretch marks, she did not get any stretch marks after using the product consistently from her forth month of pregnancy.
The reviews are fairly solid. The inherent problems with purchasing skin care products are; we generally do not know quantity or quality of the ingredients that are said to be used in the product, quite often we don’t even know what the ingredients are. The skin care/cosmetics industry seems to be largely smoke and mirrors because even when we know what the product contains, there is no way to be certain it is absorbed by the skin and to what level. Epithelial cells are constructed like a brick wall for the specific purpose of keeping moisture and foreign substances out and locking bodily fluids in.
Can these topical creams reach all the way down to the dermis to stimulate collagen growth? Is the benefit of creams limited to increasing moisture barrier of the skin? These are questions to keep in mind as an informed consumer. The best suggestion is try it early and regularly, it can't hurt and it might just work.
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Disclaimer: The observations and information provided in the above review should in no way be considered a substitute for medical advice and you should always consult with a physician before trying any new product. The product reviewed above is to be used topically only and should not be ingested.