Help, I’ve got Stretch Marks.
Skin often betrays what’s going on in our lives- stress, poor eating habits, pollution and lack of sleep beget age spots, scarring, stretch marks, uneven skin tone and breakouts. And because all of these stressors are fairly common staples of our day-to-day lives, we learn to cope with second-best skin (and we shouldn’t). Stretch marks are particularly sudden reminders of the rollercoaster our bodies’ endure from diet, age and pregnancy. But fear not, microneedling has been proven to help diminish the signs of these battle scars, read on for the lowdown and some promising B&As that’ll make you do a double-take.
What Are Stretch Marks and why won’t they go away?
Typically, skin has the ability to stretch out and return to its natural state thanks to the strong, elastic fibers that hold it together. But sometimes rapid growth or changes in weight can cause your skin to stretch past its normal capacity. When this happens, areas where the skin has stretched get filled in quickly with tough, disordered fibers. These create the long, discolored streaks we know all too well.1 And they don’t really have an expiration date.
Some people naturally have more elasticity in their skin than others, making those of us who don’t more prone to stretch marks. Stretch marks are most notorious for affecting expectant mothers, up to 90% report getting them. 1,2 And, an estimated 83% of teenagers, both girls and boys, develop stretch marks as they go through puberty.3 Whether you see them during puberty, pregnancy or during times of rapid weight loss/gain, few are safe from the rite of stretch mark passage.
Where does microneedling come in?
Microneedling has been clinically shown to fade the appearance of scarring including stretch marks.4 Derma rollers gently open collagen fibers at the surface as they glide over the skin by breaking up the tough, stringy fibers that make up scar tissue. Your body also recognizes the minor physical changes introduced by the microneedles, and initiates a healing response. New, stronger, more elastic fibers replace the scar tissue, making your skin look smoother and feel more flexible.5
Tips for Targeting Stretch Marks via Microneedling
Because stretch marks occur on areas of the body with more dense skin (we’re talking neck down, and often waist down) a standard short-needled derma roller won’t cut it. GloPRO® BODY is specifically designed to treat the skin on your booty, thighs, arms and tummy with a wider construction and longer needles that painlessly create micro-injuries in the top layer of skin.
With 2-3x a week use, results will start to roll in after about 30 days as shown by these amazing B&As.
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2. Hahler B. An overview of dermatological conditions commonly associated with the obese patient. Ostomy/wound management. 2006;52(6):34-36, 38, 40 passim.
3. Cho S, Park ES, Lee DH, Li K, Chung JH. Clinical features and risk factors for striae distensae in Korean adolescents. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV. 2006;20(9):1108-1113.
4. Casabona G, Marchese P. Calcium Hydroxylapatite Combined with Microneedling and Ascorbic Acid is Effective for Treating Stretch Marks. Plastic and reconstructive surgery Global open. 2017;5(9):e1474-e1474.
5. Aust MC, Fernandes D, Kolokythas P, Kaplan HM, Vogt PM. Percutaneous collagen induction therapy: an alternative treatment for scars, wrinkles, and skin laxity. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 2008;121(4):1421-1429.