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Microdermabrasion and Stretch Marks

Jul 19, 2008
Many of us will have heard of microdermabrasion by now as it is one of the most popular skin care treatments available from beauty spas. clinics and beauty salons on both sides of the Atlantic ocean. The reason for the treatment's success is it's success in a number of areas relating to skin care and is mostly known as an anti-aging treatment but it is also extremely effective in treating other things such as stretch marks.

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.

Many consider microdermabrasion a miracle treatment, however effective it may be in treating the skin this is something of an exaggeration but it must be said that sometimes the results are truly astounding. So, if you suffer from extremely deep stretch marks or acne scars they may not be removed completely, even after the recommended ten sessions. Though the overall visibility will be vastly reduced the only real option in such cases is a more radical cosmetic procedure and it is strongly advised that you seek professional medical advice at your earliest opportunity.

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.

Some believe prevention is better than cure and there are certainly plenty of skin care products which claim to reduce the risk of stretch marks. While most work upon the principle that skin elasticity is increased using moisturizers some do seem to be somewhat effective. Unfortunately results vary greatly and accurate measurement is not really possible. It is also possible to suffer from stretch marks even if you use all the products available.

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.

One way in which to unwind, relax and recover is to book a short vacation in a health spa where you can indulge in all manner of treatments. Some places offer virtually all treatments available and many offer sessions of microdermabrasion so why not give it a try?
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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 products
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