Why do some stretch mark creams work ?

Stretch Mark Creams

You researched all the stretch mark prevention creams, read all the reviews, took advice from friends and family, made your choice and stuck to it. So how disappointing that you still ended up getting stretch marks. Why didn’t it work for you?

Why do stretch marks happen?

The dermis (living layer of skin) is where our skin produces collagen and elastin, when abundant and undamaged the skin easily stretches and regains its shape. Stretch marks are fine scars caused by tearing in the dermis when the skin lacks elasticity. Collagen gives skin its strength and durability, but elastin is more stretchable and helps maintain the skin’s resilience.

How do stretch mark creams or oils work?

By deeply nourishing the skin, penetrating through to the dermis, helping to heal, thicken and re-elasticise. With continued use the skin will become stronger and more elastic, allowing it to stretch even more without damage. Stretch mark prevention creams should not be thought of as a moisturiser.

So why do some products work better than others?

It’s not always the product that’s not working, it’s probably more likely you’ve chosen a product that’s not suitable for your skin type. Just like choosing the correct face moisturiser for your skin, you need to use a stretch mark prevention cream that’s suitable your skin, be it dry, normal or oily. Also, how old you are needs to be considered as the skin loses elasticity as we age.

The oilier or younger your skin is, and the more elastic it is, the skin responds to treatment is quicker because it needs less elastin proteins to repair. Conversely, the drier, older or less elastic your skin is, the earlier and more long-term use of creams will be needed to prevent stretch marks happening.

Our skin type is inherited from our parents, and one can be forgiven for taking comfort in “My mother didn’t get them, so I’m unlikely to”, but how would your father’s skin react to such stretching?

Are expensive products worth it?

Elastin can be found in lots of shampoos and conditioners, and collagen in many face and body creams, but the size of the molecule needs to be refined and small enough to penetrate to the deeper layers of the dermis. Many stretch mark prevention creams and oils make the surface of the skin smooth and moisturised, but little, if any, collagen or elastin reaches the dermis. Try using a sample of cream and a few minutes later feeling how much remains on the surface, and how much sinks in. Micro molecules that penetrate to the dermis aren’t found in cheaper products.

How do I use stretch mark prevention products?

They should be applied morning and evening to areas prone to stretching: breasts, tummy, buttocks and thighs. For those with dry and less elastic skin, starting to use products early in the pregnancy is recommended, to prepare the skin for stretching. Continue using the products while breastfeeding, washing nipples prior to each feed.  For dry skins, products need to be layered, with the stretch mark prevention cream used first, then a suitable skin moisturiser on top.

Topical Vitamin A (applied to the skin)

There’s much controversy and misinformation about what products can and cannot be used during pregnancy. Many doctors tell their pregnant patients that during the first trimester (three months) they are not allowed to take Vitamin A supplements. Supplements are taken by mouth and work systemically (get into the blood). Topically applied Vitamin A is applied externally, to work within the skin, not the blood.

Vitamin A in the forms of Retinol, Retinyl, Palmitate or beta carotene are perfectly safe to be applied to the skin during pregnancy. These have great benefits for the skin, aiding condition and helping, in combination with other natural ingredients, to prevent stretch marks. Always check product labelling for product safety to use during pregnancy.

RégimA Scar Repair & Anti-Stretch Complex is safe and highly recommended to use during pregnancy.  It contains high potency pure Retinol (Vitamin A). This is a safe and extremely effective antioxidant or anti-free radical scavenger, helping to rebuild damaged collagen and elastin, improving the condition of the skin support structure. Scar Repair also contains a unique form of micro molecular synthesised elastin, this is not of animal origin, nor has it been tested on animals. Scar Repair can also be used during dieting and to heal fresh and pink stretch marks and scars.

by Lisa Henning. Published in ABC Magazine – Sussex


Stretch Mark Prevention

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RégimA Scar Repair & Anti-Stretch Complex helps generate new skin cells and repair the damaged scar tissue and helps prevent further stretching. It is an effective repair and preventative treatment, however, obviously the oilier or younger the skin, the more elastic it is and therefore the skin’s response is quicker because it needs less elastic proteins to repair. Therefore the drier and less elastic skin will require more long-term Anti-Stretch treatment.

Stretch marks cannot be eliminated completely. However, it has been seen in clinical practice that one can make them look a lot better and proper early care lessens the impact and helps prevent further damage. Our aim is to deeply nourish the skin to start with, penetrate through to the dermis and heal, thicken and re-elastisize. With continued use the skin will become stronger and more elastic, giving one the ability to stretch more without damage.

Anti-Stretch penetrates through the epidermis (outer horny layer of skin) down into the dermis regenerating new cells. It is a ‘prevention as well as a treatment’. The healing plants and our special Elastin, work synergistically healing and repairing. We help to eliminate the incessant itching associated with stretch mark development, thus helping in the prevention process. One must allow 2 to 3 months to see improvement, this varying again on the age and elasticity factors

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Preventing & Decreasing Lines & Wrinkles

It’s not just a case of slapping on a bit more moisturiser, in fact that may be the very thing that’s causing the problem!

From a mature client “It feels like I can never get enough moisture into my skin”, from a sensitive client “Everything I use makes me breakout”, from a client with adult acne or rosacea “I know my skin must be oily, but it feels so dry”, and from most clients “A few minutes after washing or cleansing and my face feels dry”.

To understand why moisturisers aren’t doing their job it’s best to understand the job they are supposed to do.  The surface of our skin should act like a waterproof barrier, keeping our bodies natural water supply inside, but for genetically dry or sensitive skin, such as from dermatitis, the waterproof barrier is essentially damaged and the water evaporates.

So for those with genetically dry and sensitive skin, regular moisture creams are required.  Moisture creams may also be needed during the temporary times of post treatment aftercare, during harsh cold winters and the low humidity of sunny holidays and air conditioning.

Yet moisturisers are probably the most purchased skin cream.  So what happens when we use a moisturiser when our skin doesn’t really need it.  Moisturisers are basically made up of water, lipids (fats) and protein, just like the outer layers of our skin.  We normally start using light water based lotions. Our skin gets used to this artificial source of water very quickly, with that tight feeling after washing indicating to us that a richer cream needs to be used.  But this isn’t true.  Our skin gets lazier as we give it more cream, and those lines and wrinkles are becoming more visible.

We may well be moisturising our skin, but are we feeding it ?   And how do you feed it when nothing seems to get through ?  Gentle exfoliation and skin peels are the easiest methods of removing the dull and clogged surface layers, then simply start again by using special products to feed the deeper dermal layers of skin.  And after a couple of skin cycles, taking around two months, you’ll have a skin surface to be proud of !

How ?  There has to be a consistent feeding of the deeper layers to promote healthy collagen and elastin, which will eventually become the healthy waterproof barrier needed as our outer skin.

Ok so we’re going to feed our skin, but how’s that going to stop lines and wrinkles ?  This new fed skin looks and feels plumper and more refined than before, and healthy skin holds its integrity on our face, not so pulled down by gravity, and not so readily creasing.  Lines around the eyes softening, on the forehead smoothing, those delightful nasolabial (nose to mouth) lines naturally filling… though they haven’t really, it’s the skin of the cheeks firming that’s having them not drooping and forming

There’s a current wave within the skin treatment industry of resisting anti-ageing treatments (such as fillers, surgery and botox) in favour of treatments that have you looking the most naturally radiant for your age, and this is where healthy fed skin is a goal.

I stock, and personally use,  RégimA Skin Treatments to sort out my developing lines and wrinkles.  I’m 47 so they were there !  RégimA offer Peel & Heal, a potent yet gentle lactic and malic acid skin peel which is suitable for use on all skin types (including sensitive and active acne), and skin colours, all year round.

RegimA home care products (click thru)

After my initial bout of skin peels I adopted an easy homecare routine.  The Rejuvoderm night cream is a gentle 7.5% lactic and malic acid skin peel, also containing Retinol, pure Vitamin A for skin smoothing, regenerating, and stimulating new collagen. Vitamin B5 for rapid healing, cell renewal, and it helps skin to retain moisture.  All washed off in the morning with the lovely Hydroactive Cleansing Gel.  I then use a day cream and for me, that’s about it.  Oh and I love Quantum Elastin and sometimes mix it up with that too !

Of course if my skin were more damaged, dry, wrinkly, spotty or dull there’s other bits for me to add in, but I’m not actually using a moisture cream, nor for me am I needing an eye cream, which is odd, as that’s where my lines and wrinkles were showing.

And my clients from the beginning, the mature one who couldn’t get enough moisture into her skin now comments that she hardly needs to use any product as her skin feels so quenched, it’s looking much softer and smoother too. The sensitive one, well her comment was censored as she’s “Great thanks, it’s good stuff!”, and I replied agreeing that it was indeed good stuff.   And from my clients with adult acne and rosacea, after the initial skin rebellion to being treated, we have skin under control, being treated for excess sebum, acne and hormonal responses and pigmentation.

by Lisa Henning. Published in ABC Magazine – Sussex

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