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Stretch Marks and Microdermabrasion

Jul 18, 2008
The modern skin care treatment called Microdermabrasion is a technique which has been medically proven to be incredibly effective in reducing the visibility of stretch marks. As well as being good for stretch marks this procedure is also extremely effective in the fight against the effects of aging upon the skin. So it will come as not surprise that Microdermabrasion is the most popular skin care treatment available today.

This incredible treatment has been described as sandblasting as the process is extremely similar in that the machine blasts crystals onto the skin to remove dead skin cells and other dirt and debris. It also removes the very top layer of the dermis which helps speed up the skin's renewal processes by forcing an increase in the production of skin cells. The process also encourages an acceleration in the production of collagen which is why microdermabrasion for stretch marks (and other forms of scar tissue, such as acne scars) is so successful.

While many folk find themselves astounded at how well microdermabrasion performs in the treatment of many skin complaints it is not the "miracle cure" that many claim it to be. Unfortunately such claims can cause severe disappointment especially if you suffer from extremely deep stretch marks or acne scars. Sadly, while the treatment will reduce the visibility greatly, it can not remove such deep scarring which can only really be treated successfully with a much harsher treatment such as dermabrasion or a strong chemical peel.

The vast majority of stretch marks, skin blemishes and acne scars, are not too deep and, rather than using an aggressive treatment, microdermabrasion is a superb solution to such skin problems. Furthermore it has been proven medically that the skin care treatment can remove completely some crow's feet and other fine lines. Even with scars, such as stretch marks, it has been proven that these can be reduced to the level that they are virtually invisible other than when inspected really closely.

Although causes of the formation of stretch marks are notoriously difficult to understand, it is generally accepted that stretch marks are formed when the skin's collagen collapses when the skin is stretched beyond a certain point (as mentioned earlier microdermabrasion helps increase collagen production). They are most common following pregnancy and, at this time, you are most probably feeling a little washed out and run down, as well as this it is common for a new mum to have poor skin. Why not treat yourself to a pampering at your local beauty salon, health clinic or spa? Most places offer sessions of microdermabrasion so you will be able to give it a try while you relax, ready to return refreshed and ready to face the trials and challenges of parenthood.

Many believe that preparation is the key to avoiding stretch marks and there are a number of products available on the market which claim to reduce the risks. Other products claim to speed up the healing process but most work along similar lines in that they help to increase the skin's elasticity by the use of moisturizers. However, even if you use such products, it is still possible for stretch marks to develop (though the use of such products may mean that they are less dramatic than they would have been without their use).

If you have just given birth it is advisable that you care for yourself and your skin. You need to recover as quickly as possible and a good diet it crucial to early recovery. The application of skin creams and other skin care treatments may be a good idea but it would be worth seeking medical advice rather than self medication.

More and more women are choosing to take a weekend away to visit a health spa. At these health spas you can try out a vast variety of treatments and generally relax. As many such places offer microdermabrasion this could be the perfect opportunity to try it out for the first time.
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Emily Macdonald works for U.K. skin care companies, beauty salons and skin care web sites in the promotion of microdermabrasion treatments and microdermabrasion kits
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