How To Treat Stretch Marks With Dr Cindy Pan

November 24, 2010

How To Treat Stretch Marks

As a medical practitioner with more than a decade of experience working in general practice as well as women’s health, Dr Cindy Pan recognises the role Vitamin E can play in maintaining healthy skin.

“Tocomin® is a rich, potent form of Vitamin E that provides excellent skin nourishment”, says Pan. “By massaging the skin regularly with Vitamin E you’re moisturising and conditioning the skin and over time this can help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone”.

Dr Pan suggests that for people suffering from scarring or stretchmarks, regular massage with vitamin E enriched preparations (such as INNOXA Skin Tissue Oil) may improve the condition and appearance of skin over time.

Tocotrienol (Tocomin®) is between 40-60 times more potent than the normal alpha-tocopherol vitamin E and has been gaining tremendous attention in the oral and topical cosmetic and personal care industry over the last few years.

SheSaid Q&A with Dr CIndy Pan:

1. How can vitamin E help stretchmarks?

Vitamin E is very nourishing for the skin, keeping it soft, pliable and healthy. While nothing can change your genetic make-up, which is the main factor predisposing us to stretch marks, massaging and moisturising your skin with Vitamin E-enriched preparations can help maintain your skin’s mantle of oils, preventing dryness and cracking and thereby optimising the overall appearance of your skin.

2. How long does it take for results to be seen using a product with vitamin E like INNOXA SOS Skin Tissue Oil?

It really depends on the initial condition of your skin as to what changes you are likely to notice and how soon these might appear. If your skin is already in tip-top, soft, dewy form you may notice very little change but the oil can assist in maintaining the excellent condition of your skin. If your skin is relatively dry, cracked or flaky then regular application of the oil may result in quite rapid improvement. In terms of scarring or stretch marks, any changes are likely to take time and it is always difficult to predict what level of improvement will occur and when.

Over time scarring and stretch marks will tend to fade and recede but the degree to which this occurs and the time frame will vary immensely from person to person.

3. Please describe the best way to apply Skin Tissue Oil – after the shower on damp skin? Massaging into the skin?

It is a good idea to gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel after showering, rather than rubbing it too roughly with a scratchy towel, which can be irritating to sensitive skin. Then massage the oil into the skin.

4. Are stretchmarks reversible?

Stretchmarks will gradually fade and recede over time. The amount of time will vary enormously from one individual to another, so you do need to be patient. The main factors in terms of stretch mark formation are genetic factors (does your Mum or your Nan have them?) as well as the inclination to gain or lose weight rapidly. Growth spurts, large changes in weight (going up or down in weight to a significant degree), changes during pregnancy (expanding belly and breasts in particular) and even rapid muscle growth due to weight training can all predispose to the formation of stretch marks. These cannot necessarily be reversed as such but over time they will fade, shrink and become less visible. You can improve, optimise and maintain the overall appearance of your skin by regular moisturising with Vitamin E-enriched preparations.

5. What foods are particularly bad for causing stretchmarks, and which foods can help improve stretchmarks?

I am not aware of specific foods being particularly good or bad for stretch marks but certainly in terms of overall skin health it is vital to have a well-balanced, varied, nutritious diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables; lean protein sources like fish, seafood, meat and eggs; wholegrains and cereals; and sources of good fats like fish, olive oil, avocado, nuts and canola oil. Eating too much generally and therefore gaining weight rapidly would definitely be deleterious from the point of view of stretch mark formation since it is the rapid and drastic changes in body size that cause the fracturing of collagen fibres that underlie stretch mark formation.

Drastic weight loss can also result in stretch marks. It is best to try to achieve and then maintain a healthy body weight and avoid excessive fluctuations in weight. Oscillating a kilo or two either side of your ideal weight is normal and fine but try to avoid anything too much more than that. If you have concerns about your diet or your weight, talk to your GP who can assist you with making simple, easy changes to improve and optimise your nutrition.

A recent survey of women under 25 conducted by INNOXA SOS Skin Tissue Oil has revealed the incidence of stretch marks in young women is very high. In fact, 71 per cent of teenagers polled said they suffer from stretch marks.

The research was undertaken by heritage skin care brand INNOXA as a consumer study for its breakthrough product INNOXA SOS Skin Tissue Oil and polled 468 Australian females under 25 years old on whether they suffer from stretch marks and how they feel about them.

While stretch marks are predominantly viewed as something women get during pregnancy and with weight gain, astoundingly 86 per cent of young women under 25 suffer from them.

The INNOXA SOS Skin Tissue Oil Survey revealed the following key statistics:

Stretch marks have profound effect on body confidence: Like acne, stretch marks can have a profound effect on teenagers’ and young women’s body confidence, with 61 per cent of under 25s revealing they are ‘very’ self-conscious about their stretch marks.

Many stretch mark sufferers do recognise the importance of regular moisturisation, vitamin E and natural oils with 25 per cent regularly using moisturisers and/or vitamin E creams and 9 per cent use natural oils.

Stretch marks not just for girls: 32 per cent of young women polled said their brothers or male siblings also suffer from stretch marks.

Genetic disposition is key issue: While many environmental, diet and other elements come into play, genetic disposition appears to be a key factor in stretch marks in young women with 67 per cent of those who have them stating their mother also suffers from them.

New INNOXA SOS Skin Tissue Oil is a gentle but highly effective skin care product specifically designed to help skin combat common issues such as stretch marks through the breakthrough super-ingredient, Tocomin®, a phyto-tocotrienol/tocopherol (Vitamin E) complex.

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