Vitanol A For Stretch Works? Before and After, How to Use and Tips
Vitanol A, retinol or retinoic acid is the acidic variation of vitamin A that comes from animal fats and products like eggs, milk and liver. It is used as a medicine for a number of reasons, including the treatment of skin diseases. It is most popular in the treatment of acne, but it is becoming popular also in the treatment of stretch marks. Does the Vitanol A for stretch marks really work? How to use it for this purpose, and what are its possible side effects?
Stretch marks are a form of scarring caused by skin wear and a loss of elasticity at the deeper levels of it. They are red or purple marks that occur when the skin is stretched.
If you get pregnant, have a growth spurt or gain weight fast, you may find that you develop these marks on your stomach, chest, buttocks, upper arms or thighs. Striae may also occur as a side effect of steroid use, diabetes or certain conditions such as Marfans syndrome, Cushing's syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and some hereditary genetic diseases.
Vitanol A for Stretch Works?
Retinol, when used as a cream, is clinically known as tretinoin cream. Its mechanism of functioning is still not exactly known and is being studied, but its effects are positive when applied to the skin. The regular use of tretinoin cream increases the production of collagen, which helps to regenerate the skin, healing the stretch marks. Dead skin is also removed with this cream, thus revealing healthier skin beneath the top layer and its pigmentation is redistributed to smooth the skin tone.
As already said, preliminary studies on the use of retinol in stretch marks are very positive. When applied daily for six months, tretinoin cream reduced the width, length and severity of stretch marks, according to a 1996 study by Dr. Sewon Kang of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Eight of the ten women who applied the cream had a significant decrease in the length and width of their stretch marks. Women who used a placebo cream saw an increase in the length and width of the marks. It was also found that the cream was most effective when used on stretch marks that were less than six weeks old.
Vitamin A stimulates collagen, improving the appearance of the skin and reducing the appearance of stretch marks. In addition, it also improves the penetration of cosmetics when applied after treatment with retinoic acid.
How to use
Vitanol A is available as a gel or cream and is indicated for adults or children over 12 years. Creams containing Vitanol A are available by prescription only.
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For product use, it is recommended to carefully wash and dry the application area and apply a thin layer of gel or cream and massage the site. It is preferred that Vitanol A is applied in the evening, preferably before bed, in order to avoid skin contact with the sun. In the morning, it is recommended to wash the area where the product was applied and dry thoroughly without rubbing the site.
The periodicity of the applications may vary from patient to patient, depending on the tolerance of each skin type, and should be determined by the physician. Excessive application will not improve efficacy but may increase the risk of skin irritation.
If undue irritation (severe erythema, peeling or discomfort) occurs, patients should reduce the frequency of application or temporarily discontinue treatment. The concentration of the formulation should be selected and adjusted according to patient tolerance. Due to the flammable nature of vitanol A gel, patients should avoid smoking or remain close to the flame while applying the product and immediately after use.
The medicine is contraindicated for people with allergy to tretinoin and should also not be used in patients with burns or inflammatory processes in the skin.
Before and after
In the image below, we observed the quite evident whitening and almost total disappearance of the striae after the use of vitanol A.
In addition to use for stretch marks, vitanol A is also used to treat pimples and blemishes on the skin. It is possible to attest to the effectiveness of the product by looking at the before and after below.
Confraternations and side effects
Tretinoin should be used with caution in patients with a history of local tolerability, photoalergic or local hypersensitivity reactions, in addition to patients with a personal or family history of skin cancer.
Common side effects include redness and peeling of the skin.They are only temporary because it removes the outermost layer of the surface of the skin, and so redness and dryness are predictable. It is possible to remedy dry skin by applying a layer of moisturizer after using the product.
Many people stop using retinoic acid for stretch marks when they do not see results. However, it can take up to 24 weeks for the results to appear. Do not expect Vitanol A to work on old stretch marks that are months old and have gone white. The product only has significant results if the stria is recent.
Do not use more than your dermatologist indicates. Applying a larger amount Vitanol A or applying often in the hope of a quick solution can irritate the skin and make it look worse. If you have side effects, your dermatologist may recommend ignoring some treatments and then gradually increasing the dose back up to a level that you can tolerate.
Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Vitanol A and other chemicals derived from vitamin A affect gene expression. Tretinoin applied to the skin has been associated with congenital defects in rabbits, and in at least two cases in humans.
Protect your skin from the sun during the entire treatment period. If you exfoliate your epidermis, you are removing the pigment that protects it from long term damage by the sun. Use a strong blocking sunscreen instead of moisturizer if you are going to expose the treated area to the sun.
Tretinoin or retinol may interact with other drugs. Medications or products with ingredients that cause dryness or exfoliation, for example salicylic acid, resorcinol or sulfur, should not be used with Vitanol A, except under the guidance of a physician.
As with any topical treatment, you may suffer from some allergy with tretinoin cream. If you notice a burning or tingling sensation that does not go away quickly after use, blisters, scabs or red scales, contact your doctor.
In addition, the effect of tretinoin cream on certain individuals has not been studied. It is advised to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding before using this cream. If you become pregnant while using this cream, consult a doctor because too much vitamin A can cause birth defects. The skin can also become more sensitive to the sun after using tretinoin, so it is necessary to always protect your skin from sunlight using sunscreens.