Stretch marks, although generally painless, do not look visually appealing, but occur on the body all too often. Stretch marks appear when skin is overstretched, in the form of linear streaks which are usually present near the waist, armpits, stomach and groin. These linear streaks start off as red or pink in colour and eventually fade to being grey or white. In this post, we discuss stretch marks, including what causes them and how they can be treated.


What causes stretch marks?


Stretch marks usually occur as a result of pregnancy, puberty, or excessive weight change and growth. Damage is caused to the elastin and collagen fibres of the skin, which then become inflamed. Stretch marks are also quite common for body builders, as the skin is stretched due to the resultant increase in muscle mass.


Are stretch marks dangerous?


Stretch marks are generally not threatening, but if you have an excessive amount of stretch marks then it can indicate that something is wrong. An example of this is Cushing’s disease which is caused by an increase in cortisol hormone being produced either as a natural imbalance in the body or via synthetic means as in the case of steroidal use. If this is the case, then it is advisable to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.


How to get rid of stretch marks:


The key focus when working on stretch marks is to stimulate collagen and elastin production. As mentioned before, stretch marks are often caused during puberty as the body develops. In most cases of pubescent stretch mark formation, the stretch mark will gradually fade over time. This is largely due to the fact that collagen production is still active during these younger years. However, it is a different story with stretch mark formation in adults. Collagen production slows down as we age leading to impaired epidermal and dermal tissue healing. Although stretch marks may fade over time, they will not vanish completely without the correct treatment. It is vital to address the problem quickly, so that you will see visible results with DermaFix treatments and homecare products.


How can the DermaFix product range products help with stretch marks?


DermaFix has a range of products and procedures which are focused on stimulating the regeneration of collagen and elastin. This helps with stretch marks as it assists with the process of epidermal and dermal tissue repair.


DermaFix SND Corrector is a deep penetrating dermal concentrate with universal collagen and elastin boosting properties. This highly effective moisturiser visibly reduces the length, depth and texture of existing stretch marks and scars. This formulation works by stimulating collagen, which is responsible for maintaining the skin’s structure. The inclusion of Vitamin A Propionate gives the added benefit of correcting skin discolouration associated with stretch marks.


The addition of the MT5 Microneedling Body Roller helps to facilitate the penetration of active ingredients into the skin, whilst stimulating a growth factor ‘messaging’ response to signal the fibroblasts to increase production of collagen and elastin.


DermaFix DermaBright can be used alongside the use of the DermaFix SND Corrector as it produces skin brightening results and accelerates the biological process of skin peeling, encouraging the lift-off of redundant skin cell damage, thereby improving the appearance and texture of stretch marks.