Chemical Peels for Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are the result of damage to a skin layer called the dermis. They occur when skin is stretched more rapidly than it can become accustomed to. Stretch marks are most commonly seen during and after pregnancy, but can also occur in the teen years during growth spurts and for a variety of other medically-related reasons. No matter what you've heard, no amount of cocoa butter will render you immune to the possibility of stretch marks; anyone can get them, and once they've carved their signature striations into your skin, they're here to stay. Or are they?
To a significant extend, there's really no absolute cure for stretch marks. Many people find that their dark appearance fades over time, but depending on the severity of the marks, they'll likely continue to catch your eye in the mirror from time to time.
No matter why you have stretch marks, you're probably here because you're searching for a solution. The good news is, there are treatments you can undergo to reduce the appearance of your scarred skin more quickly and significantly than waiting for the natural passage of time. Whether your stretch marks are located on your belly, hips, thighs or butt, they have one thing in common: they affect the collagen and elastic connective tissues within the dermis. Because the dermis is protected by the outermost layer of skin - naturally called the epidermis, it's difficult to find adequately penetrating products to minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
Chemical peels remove the outermost layers of skin and have the ability to penetrate your dermis to stimulate collagen production. Not only do chemical peels instantly reveal brighter and newer skin that's less irregular in appearance, they keep working cumulatively over time.
That's why, when using a stretch mark for chemical peels (or any other scar such as acne scarring), it's important to continue the treatment regularly until you have finished your bottle. Your purchase will be shipped with a complete set of instructions.
We carry a variety of chemical peels to address a wide range of skin issues, from everyday blemishes and imperfections to stretch marks and acne scars. Our TCA peels contain our strongest formula and are capable of addressing the widest range of problematic skin.
A TCA peel consists of trichloroacetic acid. Trichloroacetic acid is stronger than lactic acid, glycolic acid of salycilic acid. A TCA peel will combat deep wrinkles, sun damage and scars.
Although a TCA peel is safe to use in the concentrations at which we offer it, we do not recommend trichloroacetic acid for beginners. If you're not familiar with chemical peels, starting with a low-level peel, such as a glycolic peel, will allow you to familiarize yourself with the peeling process.
If you are an experienced peeler looking for lasting results, try the 25% TCA peel. This is the strongest peel we carry and results are guaranteed.
Because chemical peels reveal deeper layers of skin, it's vital that any exposed areas be adequately shielded from UV rays - even on cloudy days. If your stretch marks or scars are located where UV rays can reach them, cover them with sunscreen, clothing or an umbrella.
No matter which chemical peel treatment you choose, your new skin will be more delicate and require additional protection for months to come. Ensure lasting results by protecting yourself daily with a broad-spectrum sunblock.
If you're prone to abnormal scarring, you are likely not a candidate for chemical peels. Please refer to our complete list of chemical peel precautions.