When your body is expanding or the skin is under pressure, the deepest layers of skin can literally rip through. This is called a stretchmark, though it should really be called a skin rip.
In efforts to knit this back together, your body produces knots and whorls of collagen fibre, a strong and inflexible fibre that will close up this internal wound.
Initially stretchmarks are pink or red, because when freshly ripped you can see right through the skin to the blood flow beneath.
Once the knitting-back-together happens, the marks become white, grey or silvery in colour, and they are harder to treat.
However we have the technology to change this, and the products to support it at home.
Using a pen filled with a cartridge of micro-fine needles, we break up the knotted collagen. This releases some of the pressure on the stretchmark, and allows it to smooth out.
We then apply a chemical peel along the marks only, which turns into a dry line. This needs to be cared for carefully.
The result is new collagen formation, so we have lost the old knots, and stimulated new, smooth fibres.
Unlike the original trauma of the rip, the new collagen is being formed under controlled circumstances, with ideal nutrients applied in preparation and daily thereafter. This leads to a more normal mesh/hash formation of collagen production, knitting the skin back together closer without the knotting.
How many treatments you need will depend on the age, width and extent of your stretchmarks. It will also depend on your diet, lifestyle and dedication to caring for your skin during treatment.
Retinol is the gold standard stretchmark ingredient. Add 1 pump of O Cosmedics Potent Retinol Serum to your prescribed Pure Fiji body lotion, and apply this every 3rd night. Apply your Pure Fiji body lotion morning and night otherwise, without any retinol added.
Take a tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil each day, to enhance the flexibility of your collagen and reduce the risk of future rips occurring.