Unfortunately, often women’s skin has stretch marks due to growth too fast in adolescence, a significant weight gain over a short period, following pregnancy … There are tips to delay the onset of these lesions. particularly unsightly skin. Behavioral changes through surgery, laser and / or body care, here is an overview of the solutions proposed by the drugstore.
Stretch marks, what is it exactly?
Contrary to popular belief, stretch marks are neither wrinkles appearing with aging skin and time passing, nor scars. Stretch marks are on the contrary lesions located in the dermis and caused by the stop of production (by the fibroblasts) of the elastic fibers ensuring the suppleness of the skin. These are fine skin rays, initially red-purplish in color, because they are inflammatory and then white after a certain time and more difficult to eradicate. It is therefore better to start treatment as soon as the first red-purplish streaks appear. Stretch marks are mainly on the stomach, buttocks, thighs, chest and arms.
When do they appear?
Classic stretch marks are not serious, they do not reveal any underlying health problem, but they are unsightly and can cause a real malaise. Thus, too much weight gain and too fast leads very often to the appearance of these streaks, because the elasticity of the skin can not follow this sudden stretch. This is especially true if you have a very thin skin.
During puberty, menopause and pregnancy, the source of these stretch marks is hormonal. If the adrenal glands produce more cortisol, there is less collagen manufactured, which decreases the suppleness and elasticity of the skin thus favoring the installation of stretch marks. Top athletes have a high cortisol level and are therefore more prone to stretch marks. In addition, people taking oral corticoids for a long time or applying daily creams containing corticosteroids are also prone to these stretch marks.
However, a rather rare disease, Cushing’s syndrome, is responsible for fairly characteristic stretch marks, wide, red, vertical and located on the arms, breasts, thighs and belly. This syndrome comes from an excess of cortisol in the body and it requires a medical follow-up.
All causes that affect sagging skin tissue should also be monitored. The regular practice of a sport activity promotes the tone of the skin by muscling the different parts of the body, which tends to limit the appearance of new stretch marks.
The best products against stretch marks in the drugstore
The main anti-stretch mark products currently found on the market are in the form of creams, serums or skincare oils.
Talika zero-stretch mark cream has an active ingredient, the D-STRETCH, which specifically attacks the recent or installed “welts” located on all parts of the body. This treatment also improves the firmness and tone of the skin for long-lasting comfort.
Thanks to its range Phytolastil anti-stretch marks, Lierac uses active ingredients from nature (alchemilla, ivy and horsetail) to effectively fight against stretch marks and offers 3 different textures to meet the expectations of all women: solute, ampoule and gel.
Eucerin stretch mark care oil, significantly improving the elasticity and suppleness of the skin, will help fight against the installation of new stretch marks. This blend of jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil and vitamin E penetrates quickly and is ideal for sensitive skin and pregnant women.
The Mustela laboratory proposes a whole specific range Maternity, in which one finds a cream and a stretch mark prevention oil as well as a stretch marks correction serum. These 3 formulas are compatible with breastfeeding and are guaranteed without paraben, without bisphenol, without alcohol, without caffeine, without phenoxyethanol and without phthalate.