When we were young we had the perfect skin. We were reckless. We skate, run through the bushes, climb trees, or even roll over the hill. We do not care what can happen to our skin because it heals or regenerates so fast. But as we get older it slows down.
Causes of slow skin healing
- Age illnesses
Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other diseases that affect blood flow. If blood cannot reach the affected area, it will be deprived of oxygen and thereby slows the healing or regeneration process.
- Reduced skin elasticity:
- The skin loses elasticity due to the degradation of the elastic tissue and collagen fibers in the outer dermal layer. Other than providing strength and flexibility, they also help tissue regeneration and restoration. As we get older the tissue is less elastic, and it is harder to return to its natural shape and color. Thus, a scar is formed.
- Slow collagen replacement
Associated with the reduction of skin elasticity is a decrease of collagen found in the body. Collagen is required for cellular development and tissue regeneration in all layers of the dermis.
Effects of aging to skin
As we age our skin has face more sun, harsh weather, and bad habits. How the skin fights back depend on your lifestyle, diet, heredity, and other personal habits.
As we travel through time, our skin becomes rougher, develops lesions such as benign tumors, and becomes loose and more transparent. Since the blood vessels walls become thinner the skin gets easily bruised.
As we go along we pass through rapid weight loss or gain, pregnancy, growth spurts during puberty. These cause stretch marks.
Stretch marks first appear to be red, purple, pink, reddish-brown, or dark brown, depending on your skin color. At the start stretch, marks may feel slightly raised and can be itchy.
Getting rid of stretch marks
- Dermatological ways
Dermatologists perform these procedures to make stretch marks less noticeable, but none of these can get rid of stretch marks; chemical peel, laser therapy, microdermabrasion, radiofrequency, and ultrasound.
Side effects are possible with these procedures. In the skilled hands, the side effects tend to be minor and temporary. Some redness and swelling are common after a procedure and will disappear in a few hours or days.
Ask a dermatologist if these treatments would be suitable for you, taking into consideration your health, age, and how long you’ve had the stretch marks.
- Pomegranate creams
Creams, lotions, and gels can also be used to lessen stretch marks. Pomegranate has recently gained popularity but has been used for thousands of years.
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing shrub in the family Lythraceae, that grows between 5 and 10 meters tall. The plants are grown for their fruit crop, and as ornamental trees and shrubs in parks and gardens. Pomegranates are drought-tolerant and can be grown in dry areas with either a Mediterranean winter rainfall climate or during summer rainfall climates.
This plant is used to prevent of stretch marks during pregnancy, dry and chapped skin; skin regeneration. Thermalabs made the benefits of this plant available to the general public. Their Shea Butter pomegranate is not just anti-inflammatory but has been proven to stimulate Keratinocyte skin cells which is responsible for skin regeneration.