If you believe cocoa butter can be your best weapon to ward off pregnancy-related stretch marks, think again and save your money as it turns out that, stretch marks are majorly controls by genetics according to a research published by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
In the study, researchers in the genetics company 23andMe looked into the DNA of 33,930 people with 4,967 having sever pregnancy stretch marks. The findings were that, any mutations around or in specific four genes which are ELN, SRPX, HMCN1 and TMEM18 raised the risk of the participants to develop stretch marks by 40%.
Of these contributing genes ELN (aka elastin) was most linked to developing stretch marks especially pregnancy prelates stretch marks. Elastin is a major component of elastic fibers that help to maintain elasticity in the tissues to stretch and retracts smoothly.
Stretch marks develop as a result if excess tension on the skin like the stretching that occurs during pregnancy, however according to the study some people are still more prone to develop stretch marks than others.
In the study 25% of the men reported having stretch marks while 55% of the woman reported the appearance of stretch marks on their bodies. Previously scientists didn’t associate genetic variants to isolated stretch marks and with the new studies being made on the nature of stretch marks and causes, hopefully soon a more effective treatment for stretch marks that triggers the production of elastin can be found. Your Treatment Options.
This is a procedure that is done by handheld devices that release tiny abrasive crystals that trigger the removal of the skin’s top-most layer and encouraging the regrowth of new more elastic cells.
In one study published in the Journal of the Egyptian Women’s Dermatologic Society back in 2008 found that it only takes five microdermabrasion sessions at the cost of 150$ each to start noticing a significant reduction in the appearance of the stretch marks for more than 50% of the patients.
What’s even better, this therapy is one of the few treatment options that can treat even old stretch marks.
Intense laser light is directed on the affected area to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and melanin.
One of the best treatment options for even old stretch marks is intense pulsed light therapy which was found to be very effective by most patients.
Another effective treatment also is fractional photothermolysis which resurfaces laser techniques that promote the production of collagen and elastin fibers.
Cording to a review published in the journal of American Society for Dermatologic Surgery back in 2009, pulsated dye and 1,450 nm diode are also effective laser treatments for stretch marks however they can actually trigger changes in the skin pigmentation for darker skin patients.