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Ingredients To Look For In Stretch Mark Removal Creams

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Stretch marks can occur at any time in life. However, these are most commonly associated with pregnancy. To understand how these stretch marks appear, you need to understand the structure of human skin. Our skin is made up of three layers. The topmost layer is known as the epidermis, the middle layer as dermis and the lowest layer as hypodermis.

pregnancy stretch marksThe middle layer of our skin contains elastin and collagen. Both of these are responsible for providing elasticity and flexibility to the skin. In simple terms, when you stretch your legs and your arms, collagen and elastin are at work and allow you to stretch without damaging your skin. If these components were not present in our skin, it would be stiff and won’t stretch. However, during pregnancy, the collagen and elastin fibers are stretched for an extended period of time.

The result is that these fibers start breaking up. When these collagen fibers are damaged due to excess stretching, these can be seen on the skin, as the topmost layer does not hide the damage. These are known as stretch marks. These are initially red or purplish in color on but these gradually turn white or silvery with time.

Researchers have found that the best period for treating stretch marks is right at the beginning, when these are reddish or purplish in color. If the stretch marks are set and have turned whitish or silvery, it is very difficult to remove them completely. Therefore, the best time to take care of these stretch marks is right when they appear.

Most of the time, stretch marks appear either during pregnancy or puberty. There is a hypothesis that some hormones also play a role in the appearance of stretch marks but it’s not proven yet. However, what is known is that the major cause of appearance of stretch marks is the excess stress on the dermis layer of the skin for an extended period of time.

Stretch marks are not a medical problem. It does not cause any other health problems except looking bad. It is estimated that close to 90% of women get these stretch marks after pregnancy and everyone wants to look good on the beach after giving birth.

applying stretch mark creamThis is one of the reasons why people are so eager to get rid of stretch marks. Over the years, a lot of products that include hormone injections, creams, laser therapy and oral medications have been launched in the market by companies looking to take advantage of this need of looking good. However, it has been found that most of these products have not been effective at getting rid of stretch marks.

There are only a few ingredients that have been found to be effective in removing stretch marks.  If your cream does not have these ingredients, it is better to look elsewhere. Most of the stretch mark removal creams are very expensive and their total cost for the duration of the treatment can go through the roof. Therefore, you need to ensure that these ingredients are in your cream and you are getting your money’s worth.

These creams work in many different ways to help the body to get rid of these stretch marks. Some of the creams are focused on stimulating the growth of natural elastin and collagen in the body. Since damage to these components is responsible for the stretch marks, if the body starts growing them back naturally, the damaged fibers may be replaced by healthy fibers and your stretch marks may disappear completely.

Some of the creams are focused on adding extra moisture to your skin. Extra moisture allows the body to expand and grow much more easily and without any damage. These creams also usually contain some minerals and vitamins that help in keeping the skin healthy at cellular level.

Here are a Few of the Essential Components in a Stretch Mark Cream

Aloe Vera GelAloe Vera: It is used in many beauty and health products. It is well known for its excellent moisturizing properties and is very helpful in treating sunburns and other similar skin conditions.

Cocoa Butter: Similar to the above ingredient, it is also known to be a great moisturizer and it also has natural healing properties. It also contains antioxidants and it has been extensively used for treatment of similar skin conditions for many centuries.

Retinyl: It can be converted by the body into retinoic acid. This provides stimulation to body for cell growth. It may cause skin irritation if used directly and therefore, it is better to be used in the form of cream.

Glycolic Acid: It originates from sugar cane and can be harmful in high concentrations. However, less than 10% concentration is found to be effective. It is extensively used by cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists.

Shea ButterShea Butter: It is not only one of the best known emollients and also contains oleic and stearic. It is used in almost all of the stretch mark creams available in the market.

Various Vitamins: Vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin C are known to be important for good skin health. These vitamins stimulate growth of elastin and collagen in the body. Most of the creams available in the market have these vitamins.

When it comes to availability of stretch mark removal creams, you may be able to find hundreds of different types of creams from different brands in a drugstore. Most of the major department stores carry these creams. However, you should definitely read the reviews of these creams before deciding to spend your money on one.

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