There are a slew of new, technologically advanced potions, lotions and creams that are supposed to prevent or diminish stretch marks.
Sometimes, though, an oldie but goldie like Palmer’s Cocoa Butter can hold its own with the newest, brightest and best.
Its manufacturer, the E.T. Browne Drug Company, is one of the oldest and most respected of any in the hair and skin products industry. Founded in the middle of the 19th century, its products – including Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, launched in 1974 – have built a well founded tradition of excellence.
The company is a member of the World Cocoa Foundation, a non-profit foundation with over 90 members worldwide.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula for Stretch Marks was developed to help prevent the formation of stretch marks during pregnancy and to diminish and fade existing stretch marks, improving their appearance with recommended use.
Besides being used during pregnancy, cocoa butter is used to help prevent the development of stretch marks during other times when they are likely to form, such as:
- Weight Gain
The ingredients used in this product are hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.
Cocoa Butter & Other Ingredients
As one might expect, one of the main ingredients found in this product is cocoa butter.
Cocoa butter is a vegetable fat derived from the cocoa bean. Besides being used in the making of chocolate, it is used extensively in many beauty preparations for skin and hair, along with pharmaceuticals, ointments and creams.
It is one of the most naturally stable vegetable fats known, improving its shelf life, with antioxidants to prevent it from becoming rancid. Cocoa butter has long been recognized for its excellent emollient and moisturizing abilities.
Along with cocoa butter, Palmer’s also has Vitamin E, shea butter and a proprietary blend called Bio-C-Elaste.
Bio C-Elaste is a combination of such natural ingredients as:
- Sweet Almond Oil – Derived from almond kernels, the oil is a great emollient and moisturizer.
- Argan Oil – Produced from the kernels of the Moroccan argan tree, this oil has gained renown for use in medicines, along with nutritive and cosmetic products.
- Centella Asiatica – An herb used in traditional Chinese medicine; and an Ayurvedic medicine for its natural medicinal and healing properties.
- Elastin – An elastic protein in connective tissue that facilitates the skin being ability to stretch and regain its shape.
- Collagen – The most abundant protein in connective tissue, collagen has a combination of amino acids and is known to plump skin.
Perhaps equally important is what is not found in Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula for stretch marks: parabens or phthalates.
Parabens have been linked with breast cancer and fertility problems.
Phthalates, according to research conducted by the U.S. government, have been “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” and the National Toxicology Program has said that high levels can have adverse effects on human reproduction and development.
These might be ingredients you would want to avoid, if possible.
The Pros and Cons of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
The absence of toxic chemicals has to be one of the pros for Palmer’s Cocoa Butter products. We’re all bombarded by toxins every day in the environment, so the more we can avoid them the better off we are.
Another plus for Palmer’s Cocoa Butter creams and lotions for stretch marks is that, by most accounts, they work.
If you want more benefits, how about this one? It’s inexpensive! A generous 8.5 ounce bottle will only run you about five bucks.
What are the cons to using one of the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter line of products?
The only real down side about using cocoa butter on your body is that it is known to be comedemic, meaning that it can clog pores and cause comedones; better known as blackheads and whiteheads.
But, since you probably wouldn’t be applying Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for stretch marks to your face anyway, this doesn’t seem much of a deal breaker. I used it myself, and never experienced this.
Another cproblem I’ve heard is that the formula isn’t as effective if you already have stretch marks. This makes sense, because it is mainly a moisturizer from vegetable oils (shea butter, almond, argan and, of course, cocoa.)
For a much more effective formula to minimize existing stretch marks, you should look at more advanced formulas, such as Trilastin.
Pamela on Amazon tells us that she has been using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter during her pregnancy and, despite a considerable weight gain, has not developed stretch marks.
There are some negative reviews, such as one from Kristen on Amazon, who didn’t use any cream during her pregnancy and developed stretch marks. She said the Palmer’s did nothing to erase them. I’ve seen other reviews like this – basically, it is not as effective for existing stretch marks.
Other customers didn’t like the smell – almost like really bad artificial chocolate. This is likely due to the smell of the cocoa, but mixed with the scent of other vegetable oils.
Amanda, also on Amazon, says that she gained a whopping 70 pounds during pregnancy and didn’t get any stretch marks at all on her tummy, where she applied Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. But, she did get stretch marks on the areas where she didn’t use the cream; namely thighs, buttocks, breasts, hips.
KARdee, in a YouTube video, gives a glowing review of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for stretch marks. She says it smells good like a chocolate bar and that it has made her stretch marks less visible.
PhillipGuru on a bodybuilding forum relates that he has been using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for several weeks and sees a noticeable improvement in his stretch marks caused from stretching and lifting.
At the end of the day, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter seems to be a time tested, tried and true proven winner when it comes to both preventing the development of new stretch marks. It isn’t as effective in lessening the severity of existing stretch marks.
However, you can use it knowing there are no toxic chemicals in the product, which for many people is a huge plus! Being hypoallergenic is yet another mark in its favor.
Based on reviews and testimonials, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, although not one of the new and trendy high priced stretch mark creams, is a good product to moisturize your skin during pregnancy, bodybuilding, or other growth.