Stretchmarks
Stretchmarks

Step 1 - Glycolic Acid Gently Removes Skin
This has become one of the most popular ingredients in the world for skin exfoliation. The Glycolic Acid works to strip layers of dead and unwanted skin, allowing new, healthy skin to take its place.

Step 2 - Centillica Asiatica Promotes Collagen
Centillica Asiatica has proven to be one of the best natural extracts for promoting collagen, which is the protein responsible for the skins tone and structure. Aged, wrinkled skin is greatly due to a weakened or “flat” collagen network.

Step 3 - Healing Nutrients Bring Skin Back to Life
We use natural, medicinal ingredients that have been used for centuries to restore and heal the skin. In ZENMED® Stretta we use ingredients such as Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Witch Hazel, which have produced miraculous results for millions of people.

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks (clinical name "Striae") are a form of scarring on the skin with a silvery white hue. They are caused by tearing of the skin. Over time they may diminish, but not disappear completely. Stretch marks are the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth, common in puberty or weight gain including, pregnancy. They first appear as reddish or purple lines but will gradually fade to a lighter color. The affected areas appear empty and soft to the touch.

Human skin has three different layers: the epidermis (outer layer), the dermis (middle layer), and the subcutaneous stratum (innermost layer). Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the resilient middle layer that helps the skin retain its shape. No stretch marks will form as long as there is support within the dermis. Stretching plays more of a role in where the marks occur and in what direction they run. Stretching alone is not the cause.

Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body. They are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. Most common places are the abdomen (especially near the belly-button), breasts, upper arms, underarms, thighs (both inner and outer), hips, and buttocks. They pose no health risk in and of themselves, and do not compromise the body's ability to function normally and repair itself.

Causes of Stretch Marks

Although the skin is fairly elastic, rapid stretching of the skin will leave permanent stretch marks. Stretch marks are generally associated with pregnancy, obesity, and can develop during rapid muscle growth from body building. Stretch marks are also referred to as striae distensae. Medical terminologies for these kinds of markings include: striae atrophicae, vergetures, striae cutis distensae, striae gravidarum (in cases where it is caused by pregnancy), lineae atrophicae, striae distensae, linea albicante, or simply striae.

The glucocorticoid hormones responsible for the development of stretch marks affect the epidermis by preventing the fibroblasts from forming collagen and elastin fibers, necessary to keep rapidly growing skin taut. This creates a lack of supportive material, as the skin is stretched and leads to dermal and epidermal tearing. If the epidermis and the dermis have been penetrated, laser will not remove the stretch marks.

Prevention and cure

Between 75% and 90% of women develop stretch marks to some degree during pregnancy. The sustained hormonal levels as a result of pregnancy usually means stretch marks may appear during the sixth or seventh month.

Only one randomized controlled study has been published which claimed to test whether oils or creams prevent the development of stretch marks. This study found a daily application of a cream containing Centella asiatica extract, vitamin E, and collagen-elastin hydrolysates (all found in Stretta Cream) was associated with fewer stretch marks during pregnancy.

Though cocoa butter is an effective moisturizer, no research studies have shown its ability to either prevent stretchmarks, or improve their appearance once a stretchmark has already formed.

Various treatments are available for the purpose of improving the appearance of existing stretch marks, including laser treatments, dermabrasion, and prescription retinoids. Used daily for one month, they resulted in significant improvement in the appearance of a stretchmark's length, depth, and irregular surface area.

A surgical procedure for removing lower abdominal stretch marks is the tummy tuck, which removes the skin below the navel where stretch marks frequently occur.