Stretch Mark Treatments

What are stretch marks? Lots of us have them.  What are they really?  Referred to as 'striae' by the professionals, stretch marks are a form of scarring caused by thinning skin and a loss of elasticity in the deeper levels of your skin.  From fresh red streaks to the older, purplish, shiny flecks, stretch marks commonly effect pregnant women and adolescent girls during growth spurts. The appearance of stretch marks depends on the color of your skin; they can start out pink, reddish brown, brown, or dark brown, and fade over time to a more silvery color. Once stretch marks have appeared, it's essential to treat them as early as possible. Research has focused exclusively on the early stages of stretch marks, when they are still red or purple and most readily respond to treatment. Oh how we all want to get rid of them.  So many different creams and remedies promise solutions, but in reality only a handfull of treatments are effective against stretch marks.

 

 

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Wheat germ oil: There is not much scientific data on whether home remedies for stretch marks, such as wheat germ oil, can help. One recent study did find it helped improve stretch marks in their early phase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glycolic acid: Widely touted for its rejuvenation powers in UK, glycolic acid is a sugar cane derivative and a member of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family. It most likely works on stretch marks by increasing collagen production, says Baumann. Glycolic acid can also be administered in higher doses by a dermatologist. Treatment typically costs around £100 and requires three or four office visits before results will appear.  However, it is now possible to buy most of the glycolic peel solution online at much lower price and do the diy peel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vitamin C: Certain formulations of vitamin C, which have become increasingly popular as over-the-counter supplement, may also increase collagen production and help early-stage stretch marks.  Vitamin C can be taken orally as 500mg three times a day or used a cream or lotion.

 

 

 

 

 

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Relastin, peptide-containing products: The jury is still out on Relastin, an eye and face cream product marketed for its ability to increase elastic tissue production. But peptide-containing products, which are widely marketed as effective "repair" creams, are a waste of time and money. Despite commercial claims, there is no convincing data that these work. Even if they did work, peptides can not be applied topically, they have to injected in order to be obsorbed by the body.

 






Retinoids: A family of products that includes vitamin A, retinoids have been shown to be fairly effective in increasing collagen and elastic production during the early stages. Retinoids should be avoided entirely if pregnant or nursing. Retinol, tretinoin, and the prescription medications Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, and Differin are examples of retinoids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glycolic acid and retinoids: Using these together may provide better results. According to Elsaie, while glycolic acid alone for stretch mark treatment has not been fully studied, a trial comparing glycolic acid plus tretinoin with glycolic acid plus vitamin C both showed equal improvement and increased elastic in stretch marks after 12 weeks of daily application. Various prescription-strength retinoids are often applied as a preparation to "rev up" the skin before a glycolic acid peel is applied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laser treatment: This popular treatment option is used by many dermatologists, and they are also being tried on white stretch marks, as well. Lasers promote synthesis of healthy, new collagen, which has been damaged when stretch marks appear. For red and purple marks, physicians usually use a vascular laser called a V-Beam, which targets swollen and inflamed blood vessels and helps with skin cell production and increased collagen production. Treatments usually require three to six sessions at an average rate of £300 per session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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