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Treatment and Removal Process for Stretch Marks
The removal or reduction of scars, lesions, and stretch marks from the skin depends on a process called "skin remodeling". The skin is designed to heal wounds quickly to prevent blood loss and infection. Scars are manufactured from a rapidly formed "collagen glue" that the body deposits into an injured area for protection and strength. In ideal skin healing, wounded skin is rapidly closed, then the healed area is slowly reconstructed to remove the residual collagen scars and blend the skin area into nearby skin. Scar collagen is removed and replaced with a mixture of skin cells and invisible collagen fibers. This remodeling may continue in a skin area for ten years.
In children the remodeling rate is high and scars are usually rapidly removed from injured skin areas. But as we reach adulthood, this rate diminishes and small scars may remain for years. One way to accelerate remodeling is to induce a small amount of controlled skin damage with a needle, laser, acid, or by exfoliating or abrading the skin as in the massage routine we propose, and then let the body repair processes rebuild the skin area by itself.
A second method is to help the body with the use of skin repair activators to increase the body's natural healing processes and obtain an even better final result.
BIOSKINCARE cream contains natural bioactive ingredients that accelerate the process of skin remodeling. It also helps to activate your skin's metalloproteinases that remove damaged proteins (as deep scars formed by overstretching of the skin that show outside as stretch marks, or sun-damaged collagen and elastin). At the same time they help activate the mechanism that protects your body against excessive breakdown of protein.
BIOSKINCARE™ utilizes biological activators of your own body's skin growth factors to prevent and eliminate stretch marks (stria atrophica, striae distensae). It dissolves damaged collagen skin cells, triggers the renewal of collagen and elastin and the production of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and proteoglycans from within the deep layers of the skin.
GAGs are complex polysaccharides (sugar chains) that participate in the regulation of physiological processes through their interactions with proteoglycans and with a wide variety of proteins. The loss of glycosaminoglycans from the skin weakens the supportive inter-cellular matrix and results in loose, flaccid skin, both on the face and body.
GAGs and proteoglycans have large water holding capacity, occupy a large space in the extracellular matrix and fill most of the intercellular space between the collagen and elastin fibres. They play a critical role as shock absorbents and provide binding, hydrating and swelling pressure to tissues enabling them to withstand compression forces and thus prevent tearing and scarring of the deep layers of the skin during pregnancy outgrowth, growth spurts during adolescence, overstretching by body building (in association with steroids) or over stretching by more than average weight gain. They also play a vital role in cell proliferation, migration and adhesion. Proteoglycans and GAGs are found to be prominent molecules during wound healing through their influential role in cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions.
When wounds occur and the level of proteoglycans is not adequate abnormal scars form (keloid and hypertrophic scars). GAGs need to be over-expressed during the early stage of wound healing and come to their normal level in the remodeling phase. The cross linking between collagen and GAG provides adequate strength to tissues and allow them to become resistant to further enzymatic (collagenase) digestion.