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7/6/09 — Alyria Intense Wrinkle Correction/Strivectin SD Comparison.

10/7/08 — ASA Rules Against Amatokin by Strivectin's Basic Research.

Strivectin is an ordinary and potentially irritating basic moisturizer composed primarily of the emollients sesame oil and alkyl benzoate, and devoid of any ingredients which could justify its relatively high cost.

It is neither a treatment for stretch marks, nor potentially better than Botox.

Its main ingredient of note, promoted as the reason for its effectiveness, is a peptide too large to penetrate the skin and affect the dermis, where stretch marks and wrinkles are formed.


  • the peptide is found in a variety of other skin care products;
  • the Strivectin formula does not equate with the referenced medical study "Relevance of antiwrinkle treatment of a peptide", which Procter and Gamble produced for Olay Regenerist;
  • despite claims of superiority as a comprehensive replacement for a variety of cosmetic topical agents and procedures, comparatively, peptides produce inferior outcomes;
  • Strivectiin's marketing materials are replete with illogical and illegal statements, quackery and bare-faced lies.
  • Strivectin's makers produce an array of other similarly misleading and sometimes dangerous products for skin, weight loss and pain relief, such as Hylexin, Amatokin and Idebenol, which have fostered FDA warnings [1][2][3], criminal prosecutions and legal actions.

Strivectin has no notable or verifiable anti-aging or repairing properties for wrinkles or stretch marks, only a rudimentary, therapeutically incomplete cosmetic moisturizing effect.

The moisturizing effect may serve to temporarily soften the appearance of wrinkles or stretch marks, but without permanency, and at the lowest levels of efficiency.

More than any other skin care product in recent time, Strivectin capitalizes on naïve or bullheaded individuals concerned with aging but unable or unwilling to exercise sound judgement.

Although said individuals may enjoy using, hyping and reviewing skin care such as Strivectin, it is at the expense of their skin's health, appearance and, arguably, female autonomy.

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Back in 1985, the Consumer Protection Division's Law Department of the United States Postal Service instigated the successful prosecution of one of Strivectin's marketers (Mitchell Friedlander) and his brother (Harris Friedlander) for mail fraud in several matters involving purported weight loss products.

More than 20 years later, Klein-Becker continue to market problematic and even dangerous weight loss supplements along with desperately misleading cosmetics.

Klein-Becker's Strivectin SD Stretch Mark product turned wonder wrinkle cream (slogan: "Better Than Botox?") is probably their best known, now also available in risible "dermal-epidermal junction" heating serum, hand cream and "nano scrub" guises.

It's worth knowing that Bremmen Research Lab's "Hylexin" and "Lumedia", Anorex, Zantrex, Zoller, Retiva, Dermalin, Relacore and Sovage Lip Plumper and more flow from the same commercial sewer.

Another product, Trivestin, sold under the Covaxil Laboratories label, claims to be twice as effective as the proven arthritis drug Celebrex.

Pedialean is another potentially dangerous disgrace, claiming to be specially developed for the weight loss needs of children (but aimed at image-conscious parents):

"As difficult as being overweight is for your child, parents are an equal victim. Why? Because nobody blames a child for being overweight, they blame you, the parent." (Source: Pedialean advertisement).

Sovage Idebenol Facial Antioxidant Cream, another "best-seller", is worth a special mention.

Guaranteed 100% free of the antioxidant idebenone, it contains "idebenol" instead. Idebenone isn't something you'd want to avoid putting on your skin, and idebenol isn't proven in any respectable regard, but it does at least sound like idebenone.

With hype and confusion profits ensue.

Strivectin's "Better Than Botox?" catch-cry tells a similar story. If we're reasonable this question doesn't warrant posing in the first place. Still enough consumers have their heads firmly planted in the sand for this nonsense to work. Judging by Strivectin's sales data, the gullible are not in short supply!

Perhaps as an exercise in stating the obvious, an independent study found that Strivectin isn't as effective at reducing wrinkles as the proven injected drug it panders to at the public's expense.

The makers of Botox (Allergan) attempted to sue the makers of Strivectin for their use of their trademark in their slogan "better than Botox?" but lost on grounds of it being a question rather than a statement.

But when company PDK compared their product to Zantrex, Klein-Becker rushed to court.

James E. Magleby, attorney for Strivectin, has stated that "efforts to confuse the public" by comparing a newer product to an established one is "unfair, false and misleading" and irreparably damaging to the makers of said established products.

Yet Strivectin clearly have no internal issue with comparing their own product not just to cosmetics, but drugs. Where their arthritis pain relief product is concerned, they aren't even shy about claiming it's twice as effective as Celebrex.

Strivectin's makers never seems to be out of criminal and civil courts, answering to government bodies, other companies, or alternately leading ironic legal actions against competitors (verbal abuse isn't out of the question either).

The pages linked below summarize some key issues surrounding Klein-Becker's Strivectin-SD stretch mark product — there are plenty more to consider than what's accrued in the list here, but one need not probe too deeply to get the gist.

Cosmetic manufacturers have often marketed their products boldly but Klein-Becker's Strivectin SD et al. redefine snake oil.

Don't get stung — there is no lasting quick fix for most aesthetic complaints and skin conditions, least of all stretch marks (indeed most are beyond reasonable treatment). Avoid Strivectin and the retailers who hawk such wares — they do not have your interests at heart.

Additional information for use at users' sole discretion: An organization is currently seeking parties to take part in a class action lawsuit against Strivectin-SD's makers.

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