Summary: Revitol is a popular line of skin care products. They have a particular product that is formulated for stretch marks. It contains all natural ingredients, has good user feedback and appears to be safe during pregnancy – but you should talk to your doctor first.
Dear Curtis: I’m pregnant and only about two months along but I know that one of the things I want to avoid is stretch marks. I’m considering buying a product called Revitol®, which claims to help. But, before I do, I’d like to know your opinion on if it can really help and is it safe during pregnancy?
First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy. Secondly, having known many women who have had children I can tell you that your concerns are shared by most expectant mothers. I don’t know any women who are OK with stretch marks – which explains why Revitol has a HUGE market.
What is Revitol Cream?
Revitol isn’t actually just a stretch mark cream – it’s a line of skin care products from hair removal to wrinkle creams. Now, the important thing to look into with their particular stretch mark cream is to consider what causes stretch marks.
As an aside, stretch marks during pregnancy are extremely common – upwards of 90% of women claim to have some degree of new stretch marks after pregnancy. But your chances of the stretch marks being bad or high in number increase as the elasticity, collagen structure and overall skin strength decrease. In short, you want to make sure that your skin has the nutrients it needs to stay strong and elastic so it can expand without causing unsightly stretch marks.
Revitol stretch mark cream contains a number of natural ingredients designed to improve the elasticity and strength of your skin including squalene oil, vitamin E, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D3, dl-penthenol (is converted to vitamin B5), Aloe Vera extract and grapefruit seed extract.
You can see the main ingredients in Revitol are natural. Which is really nice. A lot of the other stretch mark creams on the market that I saw contain more harsh chemicals.
Now, as to whether or not it is safe during pregnancy I can’t say for certain because no company ever designs a product (that includes prescription drug companies) and then decides to test it in pregnant women – that’s obviously unethical. So, we don’t have any data on that. The only evidence we have is that the company itself mentions use in pregnancy in a lot of it’s literature and there are a lot of reviews online from women who used it during pregnancy with no problems.
Finally, as I mentioned the ingredients in Revitol are natural and, this isn’t usually mentioned in a lot of places, it’s a topical drug. So the amount of drug actually absorbed and passed onto the baby shouldn’t be anything to worry about. But, this is a decision that you must make with your doctor.
Does Revitol Stretch Mark Cream Work?
In short, it looks promising to me and I would recommend it. It does contain a number of natural ingredients that have shown promise in improving the appearance and function of the skin. I would also recommend it because of the feedback from satisfied users about the results they achieved. To my surprise, there were even women who claimed that it did improve the appearance of existing stretch marks as well (rather than just preventing them).
Bare in mind that Revitol isn’t completely natural as it does contain other preservatives like glycerin, caprylic triglyceride, dimethicone and stearic acid.
Revitol Stretch Mark Cream runs about $60 for a 3 month supply. That’s not bad, considering how important it sounds like the appearance of your skin is to you. I definitely think Revitol would be worth a try.