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What causes stretch marks? How to prevent stretch marks?

Stretch marks first appear as reddish or purple lines, but tend to gradually fade to a lighter color. The affected areas appear empty and are soft to the touch. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. Most common places are the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, thighs hips, and buttocks. in terms of skin care, they pose no health risk in and of themselves, and do not compromise the body’s ability to function normally and repair itself. The skin is the largest organ in our body and continually remodels itself everyday. It is comprised of several layers. The resilient middle layer of the skin is called the Dermis. Collagen and elastin make up the structure of the Dermis layer and they help the skin retain its shape and tone.

Stretch marks are a form of scarring of the skin from tears inside the dermis. They may diminish over time, but often do not disappear completely. A stretch mark is primarily the result of your skin quickly stretching, usually associated with rapid weight changes. Weight gain itself doesn’t cause stretch marks. The quick weight gain promotes hormonal changes that can cause them. Stretch marks may also be influenced by other hormonal changes as well. Puberty, pregnancy, body building, hormone replacement therapy, are good examples.

What Causes stretch marks?

Stretch marks are scars that form when collagen and elastin fibers in your skin tear. But they aren’t simply the result of skin overstretching, like most people believe. During puberty, pregnancy, and weight changes, elevated levels of hormones called glucocorticoids are produced by the adrenal glands. These hormones weaken the collagen and elastin fibers enabling them to tear when the skin is stretched. The overstretching of the skin actually plays more of a role in where the stretch marks occur and in what direction they run.

The glucocorticoid hormones responsible for the development of stretch marks affect the dermis layer of the skin by preventing fibroblasts from forming new collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen and elastin are necessary to keep rapidly regenerating skin tight and smooth. Without a fresh supply of new collagen and elastin, any time that the skin is stretched it will cause the dermal and epidermal layers to tear. When the skin tears it triggers the biochemical reaction of inflammation. Inflammation causes the formation of the scar tissue and is the reason the stretch marks are red. Pelle Dolce ‘s stretch mark cream has 5 different organic herbs that can decrease the inflammation in the skin naturally.

Visual Simulation from Pelle Dolce’s stretch mark cream with continued use.

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Why you should use Pelle Dolce’s Stretch Mark Removal formula.

Our scientists have spent thousands of hours testing the chemicals in all the so called best stretch mark removal treatments, stretch mark creams, pregnancy stretch marks formulas and home remedies for stretch marks. Creams like “Mederma and bio oil for stretch marks”, are marketed that they are scar reducing but they contain chemicals that could be irritating to the skin. We knew there had to be a better, safer, more effective scar cream for reducing stretch marks. A stretch mark removal cream without the harmful side effects of drugs and chemicals. A natural way to reduce the appearance of stretch marks that could do more than just offer temporary results. So the big question is.. how to get rid of stretch marks safely? or better yet how to naturally get rid of stretch marks? Well, we have a solution! Our triple action all natural skin care formula helps at the root of the problem. Our stretch mark cream utilizes a proprietary blend of all natural ingredients, herbs and vitamins, that can actually reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Our best stretch mark cream is filled with all natural ingredients. These organic ingredients are designed to first improve circulation to the skin bringing with it our formula’s special ingredients and fresh vital oxygen needed for healthy skin. Then our stretch mark cream’s skin care ingredients help dissolve the old scar ridden connective tissues that are responsible for the fissures of the stretch marks. And then, our ingredients help promote regenerate new pliable elastin and collagen fibers in the skin, that can effectively reduce the stretch marks appearance. This type of stretch mark removal skin care treatment consisting of collagen rehab and remodeling does take a little time so be patient. Collagen cells live for 4 months, so transforming them into new fresh elastic collagen takes time. According to our clinical trial, women began to see their pregnancy stretch marks changing around 2-3 weeks. And better results after 8 weeks of continual use of our stretch mark cream. 92% of the women who used the stretch mark cream for longer than 6 months continued to report steady improvement in their stretch marks appearance.

Why all of the other Stretch mark removal creams don’t work

Most stretch mark creams on the market today contain extremely bad chemicals that can actually be harmful to your skin. Legally, all scar creams can only say is that they “reduce the appearance of stretch marks.” Lets look at how they work. The drug “Caffeine”, the main ingredient in most creams, temporarily dehydrates your skin making it look tighter. “Polymers” and “Silicone’s” (toxins) often labeled as “Moisturizers” just coat the skin giving it a smooth, shiny appearance and shrink the skin. “Astringents” also cause dehydration of the skin making it look more subtle. Again a “temporary fix”. And of course, the “Preservatives” (toxins) that extend the shelf life of the products. These chemicals can actually cause severe skin irritation, and permanent skin damage, and definitely should not be used while pregnant or nursing. And last they use “anti-inflammatory’s” that will constrict the blood flow to the skin temporarily reducing the stretch mark redness. Also the anti-inflammatory ingredients reduce the new redness caused by their own stretch mark cream formula’s irritating chemicals. Pelle Dolce only uses all natural ingredients that are safe for all skin types, and offers better home remedy for stretch marks, not just a quick cover up.

How to prevent stretch marks?

Pregnancy stretch marks have been reported as occurring to 90% of pregnant women, partly as a result of the hormonal changes of pregnancy and partly due to stretching of skin fibers. One study of 324 pregnant women proved that a lower maternal age, weight gain over 33 pounds during pregnancy and higher baby birth weight were associated with increased occurrence of pregnancy stretch marks. The study also proved that teenagers because of their high level of hormones are at greater risk of developing severe stretch marks.
The best way to reduce the likelihood of getting or preventing pregnancy stretch marks is to maintain a healthy weight. During pregnancy, you’ll gain weight over a relatively brief period. Work with your doctor to avoid excessive weight gain not just to minimize stretch marks, but to provide good health to you and your baby. Eating healthy, exercising and getting enough rest are also extremely important.

How do you get rid of Stretch Marks? do stretch marks go away?

Although they may be a cosmetic concern, stretch marks are harmless. There are various treatments for removing stretch marks, including laser stretch mark removal treatments, dermabrasion, stretch mark removal cream, and home remedies for stretch marks. All the experts agree in one thing, Treat them early. The fresher the stretch marks are the easier it is to get rid of them. The longer that the skin is inflamed the bigger and thicker the stretch mark will become. The following stretch mark removal treatments are the most common ways to improve the appearance of stretch marks.

Retin-A Stretch mark creams. Research has shown that Retin-A cream may improve the appearance of recent stretch marks. Retin-A, when it works, helps to rebuild collagen, making the stretch mark look more like your normal skin. Retin-A can be irritating to the skin, and isn’t effective on older stretch marks. If you’re pregnant or nursing, retin-A therapy is not safe. Creams that contain onion extract and the herb Centella asiatica, (anti-inflammatories), as well as hyaluronic acid, which hydrates skin, were found to provide good results. 60 % of women who used these creams reported their stretch marks were smoother and less red after 12 weeks of twice-daily use. Stretch mark creams with vitamin C or peptides which both stimulate collagen, may also help, and they should be safe to use during pregnancy. Pelle Dolce’s stretch mark cream contains all of these herbs plus additional vitamins and herbs that help to dissolve old scar tissue and help the skin rebuild fresh new collagen and elastin.

Laser treatment for stretch marks. The most expensive option for stretch marks is laser treatment. For red stretch marks, Doctors use a pulsed-dye “cold” laser. The redness in a stretch mark is from increased blood flow (inflammation). The laser’s infrared light causes blood vessel constriction, reducing the redness appearance. Unfortunately it does nothing to remove the scar tissue. On white stretch marks, Doctors uses a fractional-CO2 “hot” laser to drill microscopic holes into skin hoping to dissolve scar tissue and stimulate new collagen. Both pulsed-dye and fractional-CO2 laser treatments require multiple visits (6-10) to the dermatologist or plastic surgeon at a cost of $500 to $800 each, and are definitely not covered by insurance.

Micro-dermabrasion. This type of skin care treatment involves a hand-held device that blows crystals onto skin. These crystals gently abrade, or “polish,” the skin’s surface. Then, a vacuum tube removes the crystals and skin cells. Micro-dermabrasion gently removes the skin’s topmost layer, prompting the growth of new, more-elastic skin. This type of skin care therapy is an option for older stretch marks only.

Home remedies for stretch marks

You’ve likely seen oils, like bio-oil for stretch marks and other products that claim to prevent or treat stretch marks. These products, often are just moisturizers like cocoa butter, and vitamin E. These are not harmful to your skin, but they probably won’t help much, either. Bio-oil is touted as a stretch mark cure, but it actually contains a large amount of mineral oil that is really bad for you skin and will do nothing for stretch marks. Mederma scar cream advertises that they are a scar reducing cream. The active ingredient in Mederma is onion bulb extract which is an anti-inflammatory. This will help with the redness of stretch marks but again will do nothing to remodel the stretch marks. Pelle Dolce stretch mark cream has a triple action all natural formula is designed to reduce the inflammation, help remodel the old scar tissue and help stimulate new collagen and elastin formation. Effectively reducing the appearance of old and new stretch marks.

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