Often some Herbally Radiant customers enquire about the stretch marks on skin and how their appearance can be reduced or minimized. The latest well researched article in MNT by Jennifer Berry that deals with stretch marks.
The skin is the body's largest organ and has the remarkable ability to expand and contract as needed. The skin is strong and elastic, but its supporting tissues can be damaged if they are stretched too far or too quickly - this stretching of skin’s connective tissue causes lines or bands.
This rapid expanding of the skin can lead to stretch marks. Stretch marks are a common problem affecting men and women of nearly all ages, though up to 90% of women get stretch marks during pregnancy. These often occur during periods of growth and body changes.
When the middle layer of skin gets stretched too quickly, some of its collagen fibers can break. This allows underlying blood vessels to show, leaving behind the telltale red or purplish marks. Over time, they fade to a white or silver color as blood vessels heal. Typically, the marks don't go away fully, and, though not painful, these can affect one’s confidence and self-esteem.
It’s not clear why some people get stretch marks and others don't; some people may simply be more prone to getting these due to genetics or certain hormone levels. Generally, younger pregnant women, or those gaining more weight in pregnancy, tend to get them more frequently.
Higher levels of steroid hormones in the body, steroid medications or using topical steroid creams may more likely get stretch marks. Steroid hormones may weaken collagen in the skin, making it more likely to break.
Herbally Radiant formulations, containing fine blend of Essential Oils, in combination with Vitamin: A, B12, C and D, and ingredients like almond oil, aloe vera, cocoa butter, olive oil, have shown remarkable results in reducing appearance of stretch marks.
In tests conducted by Herbally Radiant it was seen that the stretch marks occur in the deep dermal layer of the skin, where most of the moisturizers and creams cannot reach. The specially tested natural ingredients that get through the upper layer of skin and rebuild collagen explain how Herbally Radiant formulations help prevent and reduce stretch marks in most cases.
The expensive laser therapy ($ 250-500) where pulsed dye lasers and intense pulsed light can improve the appearance of stretch marks by increasing collagen production, and therapy like platelet-rich plasma with ultrasound are also available, but not always with guaranteed results.
A tummy tuck, thigh lift, and other such procedures work by removing excess skin and tightening, but these are often for sagging skin due to weight loss or pregnancy. Though not specifically designed to remove stretch marks, appearance of stretch marks may be minimized when the affected skin is removed from the body. However, if the skin is not loose, this type of plastic surgery may not be an option.
Though many lotions and creams are being touted with tall claims to prevent or reduce stretch marks, most of them cannot treat them in deep dermal layer of skin, and are not effective.