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Are Stretch Mark Creams Effective

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Stretch marks (striae distensae) are linear skin defects which arise when the subcutaneous tissue is pulled apart because the body part in question is growing faster than the skin can keep up. Stretch marks can occur in any part of the skin, while it is undergoing a relatively rapid growth. Stretch marks often arise:

  • stretch marks body builderDuring the accelerated growth in adolescence, and especially on the thighs, buttocks, lower back and breasts;
  • During pregnancy, especially on the belly and breasts;
  • After rapid weight gain (especially on the abdomen, thighs, inner thighs and upper arms);
  • Due to rapid muscle development (like in bodybuilders), especially on the arms, thighs and breasts.

In addition to the speed at which a body grows, the occurrence of stretch marks also depends on your genes, race, age, skin quality and the affected body parts.

In addition to striae distensae, there is also striae atrophica, which is not caused by excessive stretching of the skin, but is the result of impaired collagen fibers due to prolonged use of steroids (such as prednisone), or due to an excessive cortisol production that may be caused by many different syndromes (such as Cushing’s syndrome, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, Marfan syndrome, adrenocortical syndrome, Prader Willie syndrome and Cabezas syndrome).

What You Can And Can Not Do Against Stretch Marks

In practical terms, stretch marks are basically just scars. This means that once you have stretch marks, they never completely disappear. The purple-red color that the striae has in an early stage, however, will become increasingly blurred over time and will eventually become slightly lighter than your skin tone. And although cosmetic products such as Bio-Oil sort of positive results about reducing scars and stretch marks, it appears that there is no scientific evidence for these claims.

Bio OilMany products on the market nowadays claim that they offer the secret ingredient that help you get rid of stretch marks altogether. But in most cases, this is simply not true. There is no cosmetic product that can reduce scarring, and there is also no good evidence for the efficacy of any commercial skin creme. Therefore, these products cannot prevent stretch marks.

This is actually quite logical, if you look at the biology of the skin lesions in the subcutaneous tissue, it is simply not possible to remove these scars by applying a layer of oil or cream to the outer epidermis. Any improvements that users perceive after using these products, unfortunately, are nothing more than the result of a placebo effect or the natural fading process. So keep this in mind if you plan to buy expensive anti-stretch mark creams!

And to the question “What anti-stretch mark cream is the best,” it is only possible to say: ‘They are all equally ineffective. Bio-oil, which has been praised several times on and by Oprah, has no been declared in the UK to be completely ineffective in treating stretch marks. It is only a matter of time before the rest of the world follows.

Is There Nothing We Can Do About Stretch Marks?

That’s also not true! The answer is not to be found only in a cosmetic product, but in the causal factors.

If you suffer from striae atrophica, then it is useful to treat the underlying disease by reducing the use of products with steroids. Is it striae distensae you are suffering from, then the best advice to give you is to ensure that you are not growing rapidly in width, regardless of whether it involves an increase in fat or muscle mass. Only medicated creams that contain tretinoin (vitamin A acid) leads to some effect that can be seen in the early stage of stretching. The purple-red color the stretch marks have at an early stage, also appears to become less visible with the aid of vascular laser therapy, and light therapy.

tretinoin creamRegarding stretch marks created during and because of pregnancy, two studies showed that striae occurred more frequently in young mothers with a higher body mass index (BMI) and a weight gain during pregnancy of more than 15 kilos. So during your pregnancy you should try to gain no more than is necessary for the optimal development of your child and your own health and fitness.

It would also be nice to write about how you could improve the condition of your skin with the help of proper nutrition in order to prevent the formation of stretch marks. Unfortunately, no reliable scientific research has been conducted to prove the link between the formation of stretch marks and nutrition. Yet it is always useful to eat healthy food, even if it has no direct influence on the condition of the skin, at least it ensures that you do not gain too much weight!

If you have a lot of stretch marks after you pregnancy on your lower abdomen and you also suffer from a lot of excess skin, then with the use of a tummy tuck the excess skin including unsightly stretch marks are removed. The same is true for stretch marks that are located in other areas where you suffer from excess skin, for example if you are obese or simply overweight. Again, this can be corrected with the aid of cosmetic surgery. In these cases, it is important to choose a reputable clinic.

Prevention, in the case of stretch marks, is always more effective than treating the ugly scars.

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