Stretch marks appear as a result of the skin being stretched, causing damage to the elastin in the skin’s connective tissues.
They’re very common in pregnancy due to the rapid weight gain and also affect people such as bodybuilders, overweight/obese women and men and those who lose a lot of weight.
Stretch marks are completely harmless, but can look unpleasant. Initially, they may look red or purple and very noticeable. They tend to fade over time to a white or silvery line, but still leaving a visible crevice or groove in the skin as the damage to the elastin remains.
Dr Ross Perry told the Independent:
Stretch marks are quite a challenge to treat as they are a form of scar tissue.
Prevention is definitely better than cure, so being aware of the dangers of their causes is one factor, while also moisturising and massaging the skin can be helpful, particularly during pregnancy.
Read the feature in full together with results of stretch mark cream tests at http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/fashion-beauty/skincare/best-stretch-mark-creams-oils-uk-removal-reviews-balms-pregnancy-a7932361.html
Once they’ve appeared, moisturising creams unfortunately have limited value in dealing with the deep depressions that appear; though there may be some benefit in ensuring that the skin is moisturised/hydrated so that it looks and feels soft. The act of applying the cream also has some localised benefit, as massage stimulates the blood supply in the area.
In terms of really improving the appearance of stretch marks, more tangible results are possible from professional treatments which work within the skin to promote healing, regeneration and production of collagen/elastin in a way which creams cannot emulate.
Treatments for stretch marks at Cosmedics’ Putney Beauty Salon include:
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