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Scars, Acne and Stretch Marks – the Treatments That Do and Don’t Work

June 10, 2017

Over time, our skin can become blemished, stretched and scarred. There are a multitude of treatments available on the market which are purported to treat these ailments, and effectively eliminate these troublesome marks on our skin. However, there is a lot of justified scepticism surrounding these treatments. So, this post will look at some of the treatments for scars, acne and stretch marks – and outline what does and does not work.

Scar Treatment

Scars are some of the most common skin complaints, and can cause a lot of anxiety and stress. There are a lot of potential treatments available for unseemly scars, but unfortunately most of them work about as well as regular Vaseline. Avoid high-priced scar treatment ointments that contain strange ingredients such as onion extract or urea.

Aside from the expensive routes of laser treatment or plastic surgery, the use of silicone gel sheets has been shown to dramatically reduce the size of scars. So, if you are wanting an over-the-counter remedy, look no further than silicone gel sheets.

Acne Treatment

There is a dizzying variety of different treatments available for acne, depending on the type and how severe it is. By and large, they all seem to do their job quite well. The key is knowing how sensitive and what type of skin you are going to be treating, so you can buy your treatment accordingly. If you are still unsure, then trust some of the bigger brand names such as Clinique, Neutrogena or Kiehls.

There are a few brands of acne treatment on the market that should be avoided at all costs. Many consumers complain that the brand X-Out actually burns their skin and makes things worse. Similarly, the Benefit brand of acne care has been slammed by customers for making their skin dry out.

Stretch Mark Treatment

Stretch marks appear on the body for a number of reasons, but usually the marks they leave are unsightly. As a result, many people look high and low for a good treatment for them. Alongside some great remedies are some equally terrible treatments. Massage therapy, microdermabrasion treatments and dermal rollers are all treatments that are on the market and claim to help with stretch marks. Unfortunately, there is little merit in these claims, and these treatments should be avoided.

Certain stretch mark creams work, provided you diligently apply them daily. If this seems like a lot of work, however, you can ask your doctor about Tretinoin. This medication has been shown to significantly lessen the signs of stretch marks.

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