Stretchmarks do not spontaneously heal and they require a treatment.
If they are not treated, they evolve like a scar.
Initially, they are red-colored, which changes to white as it ages.
Length, extension and depth also worsen thorough time.
Specific treatments permit to reactivate fibroblast activity, and eventually,
after 6-8 months of treatment, it is noted a regression in depth and extension,
as well as an improvement in color. It's necessary to treat them during their
earlier phase for better results.
To prevent or to treat stretchmarks it's necessary to apply products
to stimulate the cells (fibroblasts) that produce collagen and elastin.
The most effective products contain glycolic acid at high concentrations
(15%-20%) and vitamin C.
There are other products containing vegetable extracts rich in
tannins and flavonoids, which are also useful to stimulate fibroblasts.
Topical tretinoin (in cream) is a very useful product in combination
with glycolic acid and vitamin C products.
Tretinoin is a topical drug and requires prescription.
Glycolic acid: a fruit-bearing acid that acts by removing
the most external layer composed by dead cells, which facilitates
the breakthrough through the skin of other active ingredients.
In addition, glycolic acid stimulates fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin.
Rose Hip Oil: it's rich in essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic),
hydrates, reactivates and repairs the skin, playing an important role
in the treatment for stretchmarks, scars and wrinkles.
Wheat Germ Oil: it's very rich in vitamins A and E.
Vitamin A revitalizes epidermis and dermis.
Vitamin E stresses the revitalizing effects of all the ingredients,
reducing the damage induced by free radicals in the skin.
Hydrolyzed Elastin: increases the elasticity and makes stretchmarks less deep.
Hydrolyzed Collagen: contributes to maintain the integrity
of the dermal connective tissue.
Horsetail Extract: it softens the skin and reaffirms the tissues.
Asian Spark: it has some reactivating properties for the skin
upon stimulating the synthesis of collagen, elastin (that gives structure
to the skin) and fibronectin (a protein located in the basal membrane
region implicated in the union or adhesion of connective fibers).
This leads to an increase in the resistance and elasticity, as well as to a
reduction in the flaccidity and to an improvement of the stretchmarks.
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