A Medical Approach to Stretch Mark Therapy
Posted September 2018 by Biodermis
Stretch marks, also known as striae, are an otherwise harmless form of scarring caused by the stretching of the skin during pregnancy, weight gain or bodybuilding. Stretch marks can form on any part of the body, but they mostly affect high-fat areas like the abdomen, breasts, buttocks and thighs. Stretch marks can appear as thin, wavy lines with a red, purple, or white complexion. Oftentimes, stretch marks will not diminish by themselves and can last for many years or a lifetime. Fortunately, there are dermatologically-advanced ways to help fade stretch marks and affordable products are readily available online
Continue reading to learn more about stretch marks and to discover a safe and effective way to make them less visible.
Who is at risk for stretch marks?
Although many people associate stretch marks with the bodily changes that affect women during and after pregnancy, men are equally likely to be affected by this condition. Bodybuilders often undergo rapid stretching of the skin due to extreme muscle growth and hormonal changes. One of the leading factors of stretch mark formation is sudden weight gain since the skin has to expand and compensate for excessive amounts of subcutaneous fat deposits. However, even people at healthy weight levels can still experience stretch mark formation on certain parts of their bodies.
Genetics, mostly in relation to hormonal changes, likely play an important role in the development of stretch marks. This is one reason why the onset of puberty can cause small tears in the skin that lead to this condition. Doctors agree that the adrenal glands—glands responsible for producing hormones—can sometimes produce a surplus of glucocorticoids during puberty, pregnancy, or some other event that triggers hormonal changes. This flood of excess hormones can lead to the tearing of collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis when the skin is stretched.
How to treat stretch marks
There isn’t a whole lot a person can do to prevent the onset of stretch marks. Hormonal changes during puberty and rapid weight gain happen without our consent as a natural response to genetic and environmental factors. But at their core, stretch marks are a form of scarring. And we understand from experience that scars can be managed through dermal hydration and collagen regulation. These aspects of scar therapy can be achieved with Dermasof Skin Repair Serum, an advanced 100% silicone formula. Dermasof helps skin lock in moisture while also creating a semi-permeable layer that allows oxygen to penetrate the scar site at permissible levels. This homeostasis of moisture and oxygen creates an optimal environment that works naturally with the collagen in our skin to help reduce the discoloration and visibility of scars and stretch marks.
Applying Dermasof several times daily for 8-12 weeks can significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks, helping them blend in with the surrounding tissue. Using Dermasof during pregnancy or prior to extreme bodybuilding will also help to reduce stretch mark scarring or even prevent it from occurring altogether. Additionally, Dermasof is a fantastic option for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, or for hydrating dry, cracked skin.
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