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Stretch Marks Skin Care

Skin has a tough job to protect the body from the environment and infection as it is constantly under attack from internal and external elements.  Stretch marks are created by the skin’s dermis layer stretching beyond its capacity.  This tension on the skin causes fibers such as elastin to tear and scar tissue is formed.   They are upsetting for many people, and can lead to a loss of confidence, but all is not lost.  Gaining control over stretch marks when your body turns against you is possible if you treat your skin well.  With the appropriate stretch marks skin care, you may even be able to prevent these unsightly lines from appearing in the first place.

One of the most effective skin care for stretch marks treatments is to be mindful of what you put in your body.  Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin soft and supple and a diet rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E can help the body’s largest organ to maintain its youthful vigour and boost its healing power.

Moisturizers

Moisturizers are a must to help prevent or treat stretch marks, especially if you are prone to dry skin.  Two of the most popular moisturisers for preventing stretch marks are vitamin E oil and cocoa butter.  Daily massaging with the cream improves circulation in areas that are affected or likely to be affected and this increases the elasticity of the skin.  Maintaining the skin’s moisture levels can also be achieved by gently patting yourself dry after a bath or shower. It allows the water to seep into your skin.

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments containing essential vitamins are popular ways of improving the appearance of existing stretch marks or trying to prevent their occurrence.  Vitamin C preparations without water have been shown to promote the growth of collagen l and collagen lll, two types of connective tissue. The anhydrous environment is more stable and effective than an aqueous solution (Heber, Geoffrey K.  An immunohistological study of anhydrous topical ascorbic acid compositions on ex vivo human skin. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology; 5 (2): 150-156).  There have been many studies looking at the effect of tretinoin as an early stretch mark skin care treatment.  The studies are conflicting; with some claiming benefits (Rangel O. Topical tretinoin 0/1% for pregnancy-related abdominal striae: An open-label, multicenter, prospective study.  Advances in Therapy; 18 (4): 181-186) and others studies that haven’t found any beneficial effects (Pribanich S, et al.  Low-dose tretinoin does not improve striae distensae: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study.  Cutis 1994; 54: 121-124).

Further evidence supporting the use of active creams comes from a review of two randomised trials.  In the first study, which involved 80 women, massage with Trofolastin containing Centella asiatica extract, alpha tocopherol and collagen-elastin hydrolysates were associated with fewer women developing stretch marks when compared with a placebo.  A similar result was achieved in the second study of 50 women who used Verum containing tocopherol, panthenol, and hyaluronic acid.  However, there was no placebo here, and the beneficial effect may have been solely down to the act of massage the oil into the skin (Young GL, Jewell D. Creams for preventing stretch marks in pregnancy.  Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 1996, Issue 1).

Disclaimer:  The information provided within this site is not meant to be a substitute for a medical doctor's opinion.  This site is for informational purposes ONLY.  Please check with your medical practitioner before any type of treatment or prevention method is started.

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