Stretch marks are really frustrating and can make you feel self-conscious. But never fear, there is a solution! Chemical peels specifically designed for stretch marks are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of those pesky stripes. Trust me, I know how hard it can be to be embarrassed by something as silly as a few stretch marks, but this blog post will help you know all you need to about treating stretch marks to get back out there and show off your beautiful skin with confidence.
Believe me when I say this is worth it! Read on for more information about chemical peel treatments that will have your skin looking flawless again in no time!
What are stretch marks, and what causes them?
Stretch marks – also known as striae – are bands of scar tissue that stripe the skin in areas where growth has outpaced the skin’s ability to stretch. They often begin bright red or pink and eventually fade to a silvery colour. Stretch marks occur when fatty tissue below your surface layer tears because you’ve grown too fast. These changes cause the connective tissues, such as collagen and elastin fibres, to break and leave marks. There are many factors that can influence the likelihood of developing stretch marks. Skin type, collagen and elastin production, genetics, and hormone levels all have a significant part in determining whether or not someone is more prone to develop them when rapid weight fluctuation occurs (such as during pregnancy). Bodybuilders and marathon runners also experience this problem due to their rigorous training regimes.
How to prevent stretch marks from getting worse?
As we age, our skin becomes less elastic and more prone to developing deep lines. One of these is a stretch mark – which typically starts out as an irritating red or purple line on your stomach, buttocks, thighs, etc, where you’ve been stretching too much (often during pregnancy). Regardless of their origin, there are some things you can be doing on your own in order to make them less visible: using a moisturizer twice daily; not smoking cigarettes (which increases inflammation); drinking lots of water; wearing sunscreen all year round when out in the sun for long periods of time – and not forgetting to reapply every couple of hours!
What are the best ways for reducing stretch marks that already exist?
There is now hope to get rid of them. Chemical peels can help reduce the visibility and discolourations associated with these scars so that they don’t stand out as much, making it easier for you to feel confident again in any situation!
What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels work by using acids in order to remove the outer layer of old skin which results in new younger-looking healthy fresh skin. Levels for chemical peeling vary with different types of acids and strengths as to whether they will be a deep peel or a lighter peel. They all have one thing in common – removing dull surface level tissue so newer fresher, more radiant-looking tissues underneath will take their place.
For those who have never heard of a chemical peel, it is one way to improve the appearance and texture of your skin. Chemical peels are typically done with glycolic acid or salicylic acid in order to exfoliate surface layers that may be dulling the complexion.
What chemical peels work the best on stretch marks?
For years, men and women have used chemical peels for stretch marks to improve their skin and feel more confident about themselves. Chemical peels are an easy way to remove the top layer of dry cells on our skin and allow new cells to form, the result is smoother skin with less discolouration and fewer scars. Here are the three best chemical peels to target stretch marks!
Salicylic acid which is derived from the bark of Willow trees works by breaking down dead skin cells. This kills off bacteria and other microbes, as well as loosening up any damaged tissue to speed up healing time. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce redness and swelling during a breakout or after an injury.
Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant derived from sugar cane that can help the skin to reduce wrinkles, decrease hyperpigmentation and promote healthy new cell growth for stretch marks. Glycolic acid works by softening up your skin’s outer layers so that it produces newer, smoother-looking tissue underneath.
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)
Trichloroacetic acid is a solution that works to break down excess connective tissue, decreasing the appearance of stretch marks on your body. This chemical peel will help the skin cell’s regeneration ability to visibly fade stretch marks.
Who should get a chemical peel to fade stretch marks?
If you’re looking for something new to try to help in reducing the appearance of your stretch marks, don’t be afraid of a chemical peel. The Fitzpatrick Scale helps determine the right level of intensity and recovery time required by your skin type.
The Fitzpatrick skin type scale is a classification system for how much melanin pigment is in an individual’s skin. The higher the number, the darker the person’s skin will be and can make peels riskier.
The six different skin types of this scale are: I) – light, pale white; II) white, fair blonde hair & blue eyes with freckles; III) medium white, “red” or Irish ancestry who have never tanned in their lives but do not burn easily; IV) olive tone, darker than Type III); V) light brown, rarely burns; VI) dark brown, deeply pigmented.
Preparing the skin for a chemical peel is an important step in ensuring that your treatment will have bright, fresh, and healthy-looking results – no matter your skin type. This will help to strengthen even the most sensitive skin, aid in the healing process, and help prevent hyperpigmentation. Preparation may include adding products containing Tyrosinase inhibitors to your routine to control the amount of pigment being released by your melanocytes, Vitamin A to aid in cell turnover and help with resurfacing, and SPF – to protect the skin being treated and prevent future sun damage.
When should you start getting a chemical peel?
The surface of your skin is very sensitive and can easily be damaged if subjected to harsh chemicals without the correct care and application. Peels help in fading scars, wrinkles, and more! But these treatments need some time before you see results so it’s best not to do them during peak summer months when sun exposure might undo their effects. Remember SPF, SPF, and SPF year-round for the best results!
What is the difference between an in-salon chemical peel and at-home treatments when treating stretch marks?
Stretch marks occur in the deep dermal layers of the skin which means at-home treatments will only be scratching the surface – the difference between an at-home product versus an in-salon treatment comes down to the strength of the product. What you are able to purchase over the counter is of cosmetic strength which can only target the outer surface of the skin while beauty therapists and dermatologists are trained to perform treatments using cosmeceutical or cosmedical strength products which are full of active ingredients that are able to pass through the epidermis and act deep within the dermis!
An in-salon chemical peel is also more intensive because you are being looked after by a skin professional! Someone who is an expert when it comes to the skin and will give you the best results possible with correct preparation, treatment and aftercare.
Knowing What Works and What Doesn’t
First and foremost, be wary of any cream or ointment claiming to heal stretch marks. While keeping skin moisturised and supple may be helpful in preventing stretch marks, a moisturizer is not able to reach below the surface of the skin to eliminate scarring and heal broken collagen and elastic fibres.
So, are you ready to try a chemical peel? With this effective treatment for stretch marks and other skin conditions, you’ll get the best of both worlds – an affordable price point and top-notch results! Remember, we’re always available to help with your skincare needs! Contact us today if you want more information or would like tobook a treatment consultation.