Snail Cream for Stretch Marks
Stretch marks, otherwise known as Stiae Distensae, are very common among both men and women past the age of puberty. They appear as linear, raised thinned skin, and are most frequently found on the abdomen, breasts, hips and thighs.
Stretch marks develop for a number of reasons, the most common of which being rapid hormonal changes and growth during puberty, pregnancy and obesity. In rarer cases they can be caused by diseases such as Cushing syndrome or as a side effect of certain medications.
There is currently no treatment that can completely remove stretch marks, however there are numerous moisturising creams, forms of massage, microdermabrasion therapy and laser resurfacing treatments that can help to lessen their appearance.
Stretch Marks Causes
Stretch marks can occur during various phases of life, and may be related to an increase in body mass or an increase in the production of cortisol, a hormone that’s secreted by the adrenal glands. However, the most common cause of stretch marks is pregnancy, with the rapid growth of the baby being the cause.
These stretch marks are called Striae Gravidarum, however, not all pregnancies produce stretch marks, which is thought to be down to genetics which dictate skin elasticity and collagen rigidity, two contributing factors to their development.
Stretch marks can also occur as a side effect of some medications, including corticosteroids like prednisone.
Stretch Marks Symptoms
Typically, there are no other symptoms of stretch marks than their visual appearance, irrespective of their cause. When they first form they tend to be raised, pink to purple in colour, and run longitudinally on the abdomen or laterally on the thighs, arms or breaks, and are known medically as Striae Rubra.
Over time their colour lightens until they appear as silvery, white lines on the skin, similar to the appearance of old scars, and are called Striae Albae.
All stretch marks are permanent scars and at the present time there are no available treatments that can remove them.
Stretch Mark Treatment
Treatment options for and their impact on stretch marks are limited, with there being no treatment that will fully remove them. The more invasive and expensive treatment option is laser surgery, and works by wounding the scarred skin tissue, hoping that when this heals it will improve in appearance. This form of therapy has been shown to be effective in improving the appearance of stretch marks, but just like other treatments, laser therapy is unable to fully remove stretch marks.
The sooner stretch marks are treated the better the results. Just like other types of skin scarring red, newer stretch marks are far more amendable than older, silvery white ones. This is because reddish stretch marks are still in the process of healing, making this the optimum time to intervene, as once they’ve healed on their own the impact treatment can have on them diminishes greatly.
Microdermabrasion, a skin therapy that bombards the skin with salt crystals, baking soda or aluminium particles can be useful in improving the appearance of stretch marks. This treatment works to exfoliate the skin, removing any rough skin around the stretch marks, making them less noticeable and smoother. The effects of Microdermabrasion are only temporary and won’t remove stretch marks.
In many cases, the most cost effective and successful option is to camouflage stretch marks, using cosmetics designed specifically to hide scarring.
The prevention of stretch marks can be quite challenging, as research has concluded that they tend not to develop with gradual skin stretching, instead they occur when stretching is abrupt. This makes it important to avoid rapid changes in body shape and size as much as possible, as this allows the skin to adjust to these changes more gradually, making it less likely that stretch marks will appear.
Some people are genetically more prone to developing stretch marks than others, with skin elasticity and collagen rigidity playing a major role in both getting stretch marks and their severity.