Many of us have them. And most of us do our best to cover them up. Yes, stretch marks. Our mothers would tell us they were caused because 'we grew too fast', while Ob/Gyn's tell us they are caused due to 'skin being stretched' by pregnancy. But those are not the only causes of stretch marks. Hormonal changes and genetics influence the skin's capacity to withstand stretching forces, as do diet and exercise. www.vitamedtech.com
In reality, the glucocorticoid hormones responsible for the development of stretch marks affect the dermis by preventing fibroblasts from forming collagen and elastin fibers which are necessary to keep rapidly growing skin taut. The change in hormone levels can create a lack of supportive material as the skin is stretched which leads to dermal and epidermal tearing.
While nothing will ever completely rid the body of stretch marks, there are a variety of options available to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and to help the skin tissue regain lost collagen and elasticity. Now, an exciting new result of plant based stem cell research introduced from Europe could be the best method to date to reduce stretch marks. The most exciting product currently available in the USA, Stricell, comes from Spain.
Stretch marks or striae, as they are called, are a form of scarring on the skin and generally are red in color, turning silvery as they age. They are caused by tearing of the dermis. Although they may diminish over time, they will never completely disappear. Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with growth or weight changes. They may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding and hormone replacement therapy. Stretch marks formed during pregnancy usually occur during the last trimester and appear mainly on the belly. However, they also commonly develop on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks.
"We have been using Stricell stretch mark cream in my practice for several month and my patients love it," said Dr. Peter Rullan, a board certified dermatologist in San Diego, California. "Within the first few months of use the skin surrounding the stretch mark and the stretch mark itself is firmer, smoother and more healthy looking." www.drrullan.com
Stricell contains liposomed plant stem cells of Centella Asiatica. In studies, Centella Asiatica improves the overall appearance of stretch marks, reduces color intensity and improves skin surface roughness. A number of creams have been claimed to remove stretch marks once they have developed but there is no reliable evidence to support such claims until now.
Centella Asiatica stem cells were evaluated to assess the effects of topical treatments on stretch marks. 75% of volunteers expressed that the look of the stretch marks had improved. 70% of volunteers thought that the color of the stretch marks was much better. A double-blind test performed on 100 volunteers published by the International Journal of Cosmetic Science stated that Centella Asiatica extract could prevent the development of stretch marks.
Prescription retinoids, fractional laser treatment, radiofrequency combined with the 585-nm pulse dye laser, chemical peels and surgical removal via tummy tuck are other options available that attempt to treat stretch marks, but offer limited improvement, especially for improving the quality of skin tissue.
"We have found Stricell to be an excellent home maintenance product using it in combination with our in-house treatments," said Lisa Schiller, aesthetician at Dr. Daniel McKenzie of Saddleback Medical Group in Laguna Hills, California. "We have patients coming to our practice for a variety of health reasons and many of them suffer with stretch marks. This product is easy to use and patients are seeing exceptional results." www.saddlebackmedicalgroup.com
So what are stem cells? They are cells that are non-programmed and undifferentiated cells found in multi-cellular organisms that have a large capacity of self-renewal. They are able to replenish themselves through mitotic division into two identical daughter cells and also have the unique ability to differentiate and become specialized cells with specific functions. The behavior and characteristics of stem cells depends on the signals from the neighboring environment and epigenetic factors, which induce changes in gene expression. Their special properties provide stem cells with a great potential for regenerative medicine and cosmetic applications such is the case with stretch marks.
Simply put, natural plant stem cells can duplicate healthy cells in the human tissue and regenerate the skin. Ask your doctor about Stricell. It's definitely worth a try.