Blog: Everything about Skin

How To Treat Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are scar tissue in the dermal layer of the skin that result from rapid growth or weight gain. As such, these lesions, which can be found crisscrossing the breasts, abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks and arms, occur in females and males, particularly as a result of adolescent growth spurts, pregnancy, obesity, rapid muscle growth (e.g., from weight lifting) and prolonged use of topical steroids. In these instances or periods of growth, collagen and elastin are not produced quickly enough to accommodate the expansion of other cutaneous layers, rendering the normally elastic dermis less flexible and manifesting in visible epidermal marks. Initially, these dermal alterations present as pink, red or purple lesions, known as striae rubra. The lesions, if untreated, become white (striae alba) and the texture of the lesion may change from swollen to flattened or moderately depressed. A high proportion of teenage girls as well as pregnant women are beset with striae distensae. Fortunately, the modern dermatologic armamentarium features various options to tackle this cosmetically stressful condition, including novel laser options for treating striae alba. In this discussion, I will briefly address the few available preventive measures before considering the topical as well as laser treatments for striae distensae 

 

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Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids 101

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is also known as "Carbolic Acid" and it derives from the "Hydroxyl Group" of acids. AHAs occur in natural ingredients, such as sugarcane, milk and fruits; and are known as exfoliating agents that aid in exfoliating the epidermis - the outermost layer of the skin.  Within exfoliating the epidermis skin area, AHAs are considered a "deep exfoliant" and they are known to accelerate the cell turnover (renewal) rate.  AHA chemical peels have oftentimes been called the "lunch hour peel," and superficial peel - because after the chemical peel procedure, the down time is usually between an hour; and within hours, the skin pH balance should be back to normal. Ultimately, within no more than 24 hours, the client should feel "back to normal" and should not have many side effects.  AHA peels can be applied every 3-4 weeks to maximize results (10-14 days minimum time period at least). Depending upon the client's skin condition, s/he may have a series of AHA peels (such as 4-6 peel sessions) within a few months to achieve desired results.

 

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How to Get Acne Free Skin

Many patients opting for home based chemical peels to clear acne scars have seen nearly 45% to 60% reduction in their scarring. Most professionals use stronger peels with 75% concentration of acids that work on deeper levels to exfoliate and remove scar tissue. Naturally, you will see better results when you seek professional chemical peels. If the cost of professional chemical peels for acne scars is too high for you, go in for 50% Glycolic acid peels that are readily available in stores. Make sure you know what you are getting into- there are different types of peels and some of them might contain ingredients you are allergic to. Do not hesitate to consult a professional prior to using chemical peels for acne scars at home. Additionally, there is an IMPORTANT thing you should know before using any kind of chemical peel treatment for acne scars:

 

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Peeling del Viso

Il peeling chimico è un trattamento medico che sfrutta l'azione esfoliante di alcune sostanze. Queste una volta applicate sulla pelle, rimuovono una parte sottile e superficiale della cute, stimolando il normale ricambio cellulare e la produzione di collagene ed elastina. Così facendo si ottiene un azione levigante, si conferisce maggior luminosità alla pelle, la quale dopo il trattamento appare più luminosa, liscia, levigata e con un colorito più uniforme.

 

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ARE TCA PEELS WORTH IT?

TCA PEEL has become a very popular chemical peel in UK right now. But what is TCA peel? TCA is a non-toxic chemical (trichloracetic acid), which has been used to perform skin peels for over 20 years. It is a relative of vinegar (acetic acid.) When TCA is applied to the skin, it causes the top layers of cells to dry up and peel off over a period of several days to one week. When the old skin is peeled off, it exposes a new layer of undamaged skin, which has a smoother texture and more even color.

 

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