Stretch Marks are a natural result of the skin stretching, normally during pregnancy. Most mothers try to avoid them and if they do get them spend a lot of time and money looking to improve them. There are some basic things that expectant mothers can do to prevent Stretch Marks, and we have some tips to help, including a new clincially proven Stretch Mark Oil that contains ingredients that are screened for safety and are proven to prevent Stretch Marks in many women. If you are unlucky enough to have Stretch Marks, there is still somethng that you can do. A new Stretch Mark Treatment Cream is also available. This product has good solid data to show that the ingredients can improve the apperance of the Stretch Marks. Again the ingredients have been screened for use in Pregnancy and Breast feeding.

The Science of Stretch Marks

You work hard to keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful. But no matter what you do, you are still at risk for the dreaded stretch mark—deep scars in the connective tissue caused by rapid stretching of the skin. Some call them the “badge of motherhood”—most call them ugly. We have described below how Stretch Marks are formed and the evidence that exists for their treatment.

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The top layer, or epidermis, contains thin layers of flattened dead skin cells that work together to form a semi-permeable membrane. This epidermal “barrier” helps keep water and many chemicals outside of the body, but let’s other chemicals pass through where they are absorbed into the bloodstream.

The next layer, or dermis, is made up of tiny capillaries, nerves, hair follicles, and glands that secrete protective oils onto the skin. It also contains the collagen networks that give skin its strength and elasticity. The deepest layer, or subcutaneous tissue, is where you’ll find the larger blood vessels, fat cells, and supportive connective tissues. This layer is helpful in temperature regulation.

When you cut yourself with a knife or sharp edge, the wound heals with an abnormal scar that looks different and is weaker than normal tissue. Stretch Marks, or striae gravidarum, are a unique type of scar because they only involve the dermis—there is no break in the epidermis itself. They happen during times of rapid growth such as puberty, pregnancy, excessive weight gain, or even with weightlifting. They also appear to be related to an increase in your body’s steroid hormones. Stretch Marks can occur anywhere but are more likely to happen in areas where fat is stored such as the abdomen, breasts, hips, and buttocks. When the skin stretches rapidly in these areas, tension builds on the collagen matrix inside the dermis and it eventually starts to tear. As the damaged tissues heal, new collagen grows but it lacks the smooth, regular appearance of normal collagen. Instead, there is a disorganized, chaotic structure with significant inflammation. The Stretch Marks initially appear as wavy or bumpy areas of reddish/purplish discoloration. Over time, they may change to a white or silvery appearance but they never go away completely. About a third of women develop Stretch Marks during puberty. Around 70% of women get them during pregnancy. Even men can get them from rapid weight gain or body building.

Some disreputable companies have promoted “miracle” products that claim to prevent all Stretch Marks or make them vanish. As a result, many people are wary of Stretch Mark treatments-- but there is real hope. Recently, published medical studies and clinical trials have shown an increasing number of effective treatments.

Safe and Effective Prevention of Stretch Marks

SilDerm™ for Stretch Mark Prevention Oil has been developed by medical professionals to prevent Stretch Marks. Stretch Marks occur in the majority of women when pregnant and are a result of the stretching of the skin. SilDerm™ for Stretch Mark Prevention Oil is the only clinically proven treatment for preventing Stretch Marks.
Cocoa butter and some oil based products have been rumoured to help prevent Stretch Marks, but there is no evidence to support these ingredients. In fact, two studies have even shown that cocoa butter is not helpful.

After reviewing the published medical research, the Doctor's at SilDerm™ have identified an effective topical treatment. In a stringent clinical study of over eighty women, a combination of three ingredients was shown to significantly decrease both the risk and the severity of Stretch Marks.

The treatment was applied daily to each of the high-risk areas: the abdomen, breasts, thighs, and buttocks.

SilDerm™ for Stretch Mark Prevention Oil, contains several unique, safe and effective ingredients that have been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of Stretch Marks.

GOTU KOLA: an extract from the Centella asiatica plant that stimulate fibroblast cells to produce collagen

TOCOPHEROL: natural vitamin E—a strong antioxidant that helps prevent tissue damage. All the ingredients in SilDerm™ for Stretch Mark Prevention Oil have been screened for use in Pregnancy.

While Stretch Marks are never 100% preventable, there are steps you can take to decrease your own risk. Research shows that your personal risk will vary based on many different factors:

SKIN TYPE — your risk is higher if you have fair skin
MATERNAL AGE — your risk is higher if you are a teenager or young mother
FAMILY HISTORY — your risk is higher if Stretch Marks run in your family
PRIOR HISTORY — your risk is higher if you had prior Stretch Marks during puberty

WEIGHT GAIN — your risk is lower if you avoid excessive weight gain during pregnancy
HYDRATION — your risk is lower if you drink eight glasses of water each day

Stretch Mark Treatment

SilDerm™ Stretch Mark Treatment Cream

1.Reduces the length of the Stretch Mark
2.Reduces the redness of the Stretch Mark
3.Improves the indentation of the Stretch Mark

It is an unfortunate fact that regardless of what some women do, they will get Stretch Marks during pregnancy. Treatment for Stretch Marks has been hit and miss with various companies making misleading claims about their products effectiveness. On reviewing the clinical data, the Doctor’s at SilDerm™ developed a formulation that had ingredients with proven efficacy at helping with the overall improvement of the Stretch Marks.

Stretch Marks occur as a result of excessive tension put on the skin, usually during pregnancy. During one of the most joyous times of a mother’s life, it is unfortunate that nearly 70% of new mothers will have Stretch Marks. Stretch Marks are difficult to treat because the scars cause an indentation in the skin and redness that may take many years to go. There are many treatments that claim effectiveness, but, only SilDerm™ for Stretch Mark Treatment Cream has clinical data to support these claims.

SilDerm™ for Stretch Mark Treatment Cream is a unique combination of effective and safe ingredients that are proven to reduce the discolouration caused by Stretch Marks and decrease the depth of the Stretch Mark

SilDerm™ Stretch Mark Treatment Cream contains unique ingredients that have been proven to help improve the appearance of existing Stretch Marks

DARUTOSIDE: A botanical ingredient from the plant Siegesbeckia orientalis which is found in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Japan, and Australia. Darutoside can improve the appearance of a Stretch Marks.

- In controlled trials, Darutoside decreases the length of the Stretch Mark by 50%
- In the same trial, the indentation depth was decreased by 55%

REGISTRIL: A combination of ingredients including Phaseolus lunatus (green bean extract), rutin (from fruits and berries). Clinical studies show that with topical use, twice daily for two months, Registril can improve a Stretch Mark’s colour while also decreasing the its depth by up to 72%.

SilDerm™ for Stretch Mark Treatment Cream has been clinically proven to reduce the redness that is seen in Stretch Marks, but also to improve the indentation in the skin. All the ingredients in SilDerm™ Stretch Mark Treatment Cream have been screened for safety during Pregnancy and Breast feeding.

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