After reading this thread ( http://paleohacks.com/questions/4765/dealing-with-subcutaneous-fluid ) about loose skin, it got me thinking about another (even more common) skin elasticity issue, namely stretch marks (aka "striae"). Does anyone have paleo (or non-paleo) solutions for the prevention and treatment of stretch marks?
Edit, 6/24/2010: Has anyone tried the prescription cream Retin-A (generic is Tretinoin) for stretch marks? Ref: http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/132/5/519
I used Mederma, which is some kind of onion extract, on mine right after my pregnancy, so when the stretch marks were very new. I guess I can't say for sure because I did not leave a control area, but it seems that I got some modest results from it. A year later, they have no difference in color from the rest of my skin, but the texture is most certainly still different. If the stretch marks are old, I probably wouldn't bother.
I looked in the mirror today... I don't know how long it's been this way... I've had the weight gone for over a year now... I had alot of stomach stretch marks from my 285lb days...
Today, they're gone!!!
No cream, no supplements, just strict diet, exercise and time. I'm 31yr old male, and very excited today to see that what I once thought was a fat man tattoo, is now GONE...!!!
I use Retin-A micro for acne, which along with washing my face once a day and using a fragrance-free facial lotion has really helped. I recommend talking to a dermatologist first before anything, especially before taking advice from me. But by my understanding it involves high doses of vitamin A to push impurities out of your skin and only a small amount should be used a day. As far as skin damage, the vitamin A only goes so far in reversing it. After using Retin-A for over a year I'm only slightly noticing minor acne scarring diminish. A lot of companies enjoy marketing products with vitamin A with the claims that it reverses damage and wrinkles, but I feel that it's only a preventative treatment for the most part. So I'm not sure how this would help with stretch marks.
Also, I feel I should note that Retin-A reduces your resistance to UV, and my dermatologist recommended that I use spf every day on my face. And using spf has become a debated topic as of late.
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