Those pesky stretch marks got you wearing a heavy sweater at the beach? You’re definitely not alone. Fortunately, there are stretch mark creams that will do a great job of minimizing them … and there are products which will do nothing.
Based on all the buzz from other users, TriLastin SR seems to definitely be one of those creams that actually works.
The Trilastin line of products, including their popular Trilastin-SR Intensive Stretch Mark Complex and Maternity Stretch Mark Prevention, are some of the more popular and widely used for the prevention and diminishment of stretch marks.
The products work to prevent stretch marks by optimizing your skin’s ability to stretch, nourishing it and keeping it strong. If skin stretches, it is far less likely to break, which is what causes stretch marks.
They also use a combination of bioactive natural ingredients to reduce the depth, color, length and width of existing stretch marks.
Stretch marks are formed when your skin stretches rapidly during periods of ultra fast growth. Pregnancy is one of the main culprits for causing stretch marks. In fact, stretch marks are so common in pregnant women that an estimated 80% of all pregnant women develop them to some degree.
Besides pregnancy, stretch marks might also develop as a result of puberty, bodybuilding, weight gain and other causes. Men as well as women can develop stretch marks.
Pregnancy, of course, is the primary cause of stretch marks.
How Does Trilastin Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?
There are several products available in Trilastin’s product line, and one of the most popular is the Trilastin Maternity Stretch Mark Prevention cream.
The company says that this is a natural product, made up principally of fifteen assorted plant oils and extracts, including:
- Apricot Kernel Oil - Used for centuries as a moisturizer and emollient, apricot kernel oil is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids.
- Olive Fruit Oil – This oil is mildly astringent with rapid absorption into your skin, and is a non-greasy emollient.
- Canola Oil – Derived from canola seeds. Canola was developed back during the 1960s from rapeseed and is considered an excellent emollient.
- Grape Seed Oil – Oil from grape seeds, this one has fatty acids and is another good emollient.
Along with these essential oils is a whole list of other natural ingredients, including grapefruit peel oil, rice bran oil, sugar cane extract, orange oil, shea butter, squalene (derived from olive oil) mango seed butter, licorice extract and more.
Since there are different Trilastin products, the ingredients also vary from preparation to preparation. This makes sense, because a cream designed to prevent stretch marks would probably need to work a little differently than a cream made to lessen the severity of existing stretch marks.
How About Minimizing Older Stretch Marks?
Trilastin SR (with the optional “Hydro Thermal Accelerator”) specializes in healing those old, silvery stretch marks. If you go to their website, they’ll list all these impressive-sounding high-tech and proprietary names, such as “Sequenced Diffusion Delivery System (SDDS)” and “Filling Sphere Technology” … let’s attempt to decipher this.
When you put the cream on, it creates an invisible film over your skin. Then, it releases the ingredients slowly over the day, so it’s always working, rather than actively repairing your skin for only 5 minutes after you put it on. How does it do this?
There are chemicals such as cyclopentasiloxane and silica dimethyl silylate which can do this … and indeed, both are actual ingredient in the cream (go check, I’ll wait. Found them? Good!)
Now, before you go screaming for the hills for such complicated names, they are simply extracts of … sand. It’s silicone, actually, and not the type you use to caulk your bathroom tub. Ever picked up a rock? You’ve held silicone in your hands.
You’ll find these ingredients or similar ones in most cosmetics. That’s how your mascara can stay on all day. (How “rocks” can do this is why cosmetic chemists get paid the big bucks!)
I can’t say if these silicons are the “SDDS Technology” (the company won’t say, for obvious competitive reasons) but I’d like to point it out because I’m wary of putting anything overly “scientific” (ie artificial) on my skin. Though the names are a mouthful, they are completely natural products.
So, my guess is that Trilastin used these types of “beach sand” and specially mixed it with natural oils to help trap moisture and make the cream work on healing your stretch marks all day long. That sounds promising.
Filling Sphere Technology
The more advanced anti-wrinkle creams use special natural ingredients that “fills in” wrinkles and furrows in the skin at a microscopic level. Ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen* (found in this product) have been shown to increase the moisture content of the skin, making them swell and thereby giving the skin more elasticity and suppleness.
For stretch marks, this means it will actually reduce the depth of the marks by filling them in with stored hydration. While this is a temporary measure (the cream will eventually be completely absorbed by your skin), the combination of the above SDDS technology means it’s long-lasting. At the same time, the other ingredients (listed below) are actively promoting the growth of your skin cells to further repair your skin.
*Remember, I’m guessing at this – I don’t know if this is the actual ingredient that makes up this “technology” … it’s probably just one mixed with others into a proprietary formula. EC Research, based in Pennsylvania (the company behind Trilastin) probably has several scientists with PHd’s … I’m just a Mom with some basic knowledge of beauty creams who hopes to get rid of stretch marks!
Other Active Ingredients
Dermochlorella (Chlorella Vulgaris Extract)
Extracted from the green algae chlorella, this ingredient is quickly becoming a favored skin care product. It’s super-rich in detoxification, amino acids, and has also been extensively shown to stimulate the production of collagen cells to reduce stretch marks. It also improves the texture and color of skin.
Fun fact – this same algae was extensively developed as a super-food to end world hunger back after World War II. Many scientists knew about the impending population boom coming, and knew there wasn’t enough food to go around. Chlorella was (and is) seen as one of the healthiest and most powerful food sources in the world, due to it being packed with nutrients, antioxidants and protein, along with the ease of producing it (water, sunlight, carbon dioxide and trace minerals.)
The only reason it’s not on everybody’s table today is because of the massive increases in food production through the last couple decades. But advocates such as Dr. Oz has brought it back to attention, so you may be seeing it everywhere soon as a super health supplement … in the meantime, you can use it to help erase your stretch marks!
Complicated name, but it’s simply a chemical derived from Vitamin C. It’s a powerful anti-oxidant, increases collagen activity and also evens the color tone of your skin … definitely one of the results you are looking for.
Elastin is produced by the body and allows your skin to stretch. The problem is, your body usually stops producing it after you reach puberty. That’s one reason why you would get stretch marks as an adult.
This is the basic building block of skin cells – think of it as the wooden framework of a house. It makes your skin firm and oversees the growth of new cells. Your body will always produce collagen, though it decreases with age – one of the reasons why you get wrinkles as you get older.
Licorice Root Extract
This extract helps brighten the skin and decreases blotches and uneven tones. It also inhibits the production of melanin, which is how you tan (so, theoretically, I wouldn’t try to get a sun tan during my stretch-mark reducing regimen.)
Other Vitamins and Plant Oils:
I would have to write a book to explain all the ingredients, so here’s a short summary of some other active ingredients making up Trilastin SR:
- Vitamin E – a powerful antioxidantant
- Azelaic acid – an anti inflammatory and antibacterial found in wheat and rye,
- Soy protein – provides essential amino acids to add more structure and elasticity to the skin
- Corn Extract – Special oils in corn has been shown to help stimulate fibronectin – molecules that form a matrix to connect skin cells to one another.
- Uva ursi extract – From the bearberry plant, this extract reduces the discoloration of the skin
- Retinyl palmitate – Is absorbed in the skin as Vitamin A, an antioxidant. It is a common ingredient in sunscreens
- Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil – From macadamia nuts, it acts as a moisturizer
To date, there have been no known side effects reported from the use of any Trilastin products. But, being derived from so many plants, there may be a remote possibility that you could be allergic to one of them.
Melissa from Amazon said that she was getting obsessive and depressed about the appearance of her stretch marks. After asking for Trilastin Stretch Mark Cream for Christmas and receiving it, she noticed a definite improvement in the appearance of her stretch marks after a few months of use.
Cristine, also on Amazon, reported that after using Trilastin SR Stretch Mark Complex 2-3 times daily, she saw a marked improvement within two weeks.
HairNBeauty Fanatic, in a YouTube video, says that after using Trilastin Stretch Mark Cream, she noticed a big difference in improved elasticity of her skin and a fading of stretch marks.
AdrienneG, commenting in Vogue magazine online forum in Australia, shared her experience with Trilastin Stretch Mark Cream, saying it had drastically improved the look of her stretch marks, including lightening the color.
NutriGirl, also from a Vogue online forum, said that at first she thought her stretch marks had disappeared – then realized that they were still there, but that the scars had begun to lighten to match the color of her surrounding skin. She thought it a neat concept.
According to reviews and testimonials found around the Internet, blogs and Youtube, the Maternity form of the cream definitely does work to help prevent the formation of stretch marks if used as directed during pregnancy. The SR version is also effective at reducing older marks, both by encouraging the formation of new skin cells and the plant oils that reduce the discoloration of the skin.
Note that of all the impartial testimonials we read, it doesn’t completely eliminate them. The company says that, for old stretch marks, the cream doesn’t eliminate them, it makes them blend more into the surrounding skin.
Another plus in its favor is that it is non-greasy, so no worries about your clothing. It’s easy to apply and comes in a handy jar that facilitates scooping a bit out to rub on your belly.
Price and Applications
The main problem is it’s price – a single bottle costs nearly $90. This is actually around the mid-range. I’ve seen products with impressive-looking ingredients going for $150 a bottle. The company recommends you use it for 4 to 6 months.
Each bottle will last you about a month to two months (if you use it once or twice a day.) Some customers said a tube didn’t last a month, so it depends how much skin area you need to apply it to.
While many overpriced prices are just that – overpriced, I am impressed with the many, many positive user reviews. Looking at the ingredients, it’s not just a bunch of moisturizers mixed together. A lot of thought, research and experimentation went into this formula.
I don’t expect anything to completely eliminate stretch marks, but I am willing to pay a couple hundred to see the marks blend well into the skin. Anybody that can see my stretch marks up close better be my husband or doctor!
Probably the only other alternative for old, white stretch marks is Fractional laser surgery – at $750 per session, it’s not cheap, and even then it’ll only reduce marks by around 50%. I’d try the cream, first.
- If you buy through this link, you can save around 16% with the purchase of 3 bottles, plus free shipping (discount is automatic)
Overall, if you are concerned about getting stretch marks during pregnancy, or have existing stretch marks that you would like to make less noticeable, I would definitely give this a try! a Trilastin Stretch Mark Cream product may just do the trick!