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Hydroquinone has received a poor reputation over the years. Most of the misinformation about this ingredient stems from misuse and a lack of education. People have continued to put the ingredient in a bad light by simply basing opinions on the worst cases of misuse of hydroquinone. Others simply don’t understand what this ingredient does. When trying a new product that has active ingredients in it, it is important to understand what those ingredients treat. Clear Essence’s Platinum and Anti-Aging lines contain small and appropriate concentrations of hydroquinone and we want all of our customers to feel safe and to know what this ingredient does for the skin.

Hydroquinone is one of the few FDA approved skin-lightening ingredients. It can be a great treatment to even one’s skin tone by fading discolored skin such as freckles, age spots, sunspots, and other discolorations created by hormone changes, acne, or injury to the skin. Chemically speaking, hydroquinone decreases the formation of melanin. Melanin is the pigment in the skin that gives it its color. Melanin is also a natural UV protectant. Hydroquinone is found in stores in concentrations of 0.5% to 2%. The FDA has regulated that no more than 2% concentration can be purchased over the counter. A doctor must prescribe any product that contains a concentration higher than 2%. A concentration of 12% prevents the production of melanin altogether. When hydroquinone is properly formulated it is not a harmful ingredient and there is no substantial research proving otherwise.

Important to wear Sunscreen

Beware the UV RAYS

Some may say that hydroquinone causes cancer yet, “hydroquinone happens to be a potent antioxidant and there is even research that shows that workers who handle pure hydroquinone actually have lower incidences of cancer than the population as a whole (Paulaschoice.com).” The only cases in which a patient did develop cancer or an issue of darker colored skin are those who did not use sunscreen in conjunction with the ingredient. Since melanin is our natural UV protectant it is important to realize that one’s skin may become sensitive to the sun after displacing the dark spot or discoloration. Although it is always critical to use sunscreen to prevent damage to the skin, it is even more important when using a product to lighten discolorations.

Research has indicated problematic skin reactions are rare and more often than not, minor. The most startling risk is a skin disorder called ochronosis, which is a bluish tint of the skin. This is caused by long time use of a high concentration of hydroquinone. Again, not using sunscreen will cause the area to re-darken and can sometimes make the area even darker due to the inhibition of our natural UV protection, melanin.

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The correct way to use hydroquinone is by following the instructions on the drug facts label or package. Also, before using it is recommended to do a “test patch” by applying a small amount to a small area of healthy skin (such as inner wrist) to make sure an allergic reaction does not occur.

Clear Essence skin care products that contain hydroquinone always adhere to the FDA regulation of 2% concentration. Some of Clear Essence’s skin lightening products also contain SPF 15 so that an extra layer of sunscreen does not have to be applied! As you can see it is important to know the ingredients you put on your skin and how to properly use the skin care products in your daily regimen. Although it is trendy to say a product is all natural, science can sometimes give us the most effective results to ensure our skin is always flawless! The key is remembering proper use of these ingredients in healthy concentrations!!

Clear Essence Anti-Aging Line

Clear Essence Anti-Aging Line

Clear Essence Platinum Line

Clear Essence Platinum Line

In today’s social realm, there’s a general assumption that the world of women’s skincare is more complex, diverse, and confusing than men’s skincare, but one glance at the after-shave market will immediately dissipate that notion. With balms, splashes, creams, combinations, and even after-shave/cologne fusions, the average man can often feel lost with the thousands of options that lie in front of him. In order for you to the save time of digging through forums and blogs, we here at Clear Essence Cosmetics are here to give you all the information you need to find the right after-shave for you.

 

The first step in becoming a better consumer of after-shave products is to understand how after-shaves work. When you shave, aside from cutting your hair, the razor cuts off a thin, top-layer of skin, naturally exfoliating the skin and saving you from skin issues. This sounds great, but you can’t just leave a layer of newly exposed skin to fight the elements on its own; susceptible to bacteria, dirt particles, and the weather! So for centuries, men have looked toward after-shaves to tighten, cleanse, disinfect, and moisturize their newly exposed, fresh layer of skin that is revealed after shaving. Luckily for you, after-shave is cheap and readily available, so don’t make the mistake of merely shaving and disregarding the benefits of after-shave! But which after-shave should you purchase?

 

Some after-shaves are splashes that cleanse and tighten the skin. Some are balms that moisturize and soothe the skin. Some have lots of chemicals and are fragrance-free; while some are fusions of after-shave and cologne. By just barely scraping the surface, we’ve seen how many after-shave products there potentially are in the marketplace today, but Clear Essence Cosmetics may have the product you’ve been looking for. The Chimere Bump Control After Shave Gel offered by Clear Essence Cosmetics can easily become a key aspect of your skincare routine. In one use, the Chimere After Shave Gel will calm irritation, prevent razor bumps, and moisturize the skin all while evening out the tone of your skin with subtle skin-lightening agents; like licorice extract. Cleansing and disinfecting your newly exposed skin is crucial, and let Clear Essence Cosmetics be your solution to the chaos of purchasing after-shave products.

 

What do you think of when someone talks about body oil? Many people may think of massages, because in most professional massages they use body oil. Others may think of the benefits that it has for your skin, such as how soft it can make it. Some may even view it as a remedy, since some scents can actually affect your moods and pains that you may be experiencing. Yet, there are still some people out there that have never used body oil, and have no idea how to use it and why they should use it. Well you are not alone, and I will help you through the process of selecting, how to apply it and what the benefits are that come with each use of body oil. As well as introduce a product that Clear Essence Cosmetics carries.

 

When selecting your body oil it is very important you can pronounce the names of the ingredients because some of those ingredients may be harsh on your skin. You also do not want one that contains alcohol, because the alcohol will make your skin even drier. The type that you should get should be a natural skin care product, meaning every ingredient should be natural. The reason you want this is because the less tampered chemicals that can damage your skin. You want something that can heal the skin and hydrate.

 

When applying the oil it is critical that you know a little goes a long way. The reason being, the oil is highly concentrated. When using it on the face you should use even less. However, it can be a great moisturizer for those with oily skin as a cream or lotion might clog the pores. A silky oil can hydrate without having to be massaged into pores. Also, if you decide to warm up the oil either in your hand or in a microwave, you must remember that the oil will become lighter and there will be more to use. When you have a bath you can pour some of the body oil into the water and soak in it; this will help keep your skin smooth and hydrated. However, if you don’t have a bath tub, you can simply apply the body oil right after you get out of the shower. Wipe off lightly with a towel and then apply the oil all over your body. Once you have all the areas you wanted covered, wait a few minutes to let it soak in. Since your body is still a little wet this will help hydrate your skin and lock in moisture which will make it feel amazing and soft.wellness-285587__180There are many different benefits that body oil brings to the table. One of these benefits is that it is cost efficient. Instead to buying lotion that will be gone sooner than you know it, you can buy body oil which well do the same effects, if not better on your skin. Yes, body oil may be more up front but since a little goes a long way you won’t have to buy body oil as frequently as you do for lotion. Also, it tends to be made from organic skin care ingredients; meaning that they are free from chemicals and are extracted from roots, fruits, flowers, and leaves. Using body oil for massages can help improve your health, reduce pain and decrease stress. The way that it can do this is by different and special blends of ingredients that are designed to target specific areas of the body. For instance, some can relieve stomach aches, improve circulation, or alleviate pain in sore or stiff muscles or joints. Some ingredients can also affect people’s moods. Rosemary enhances alertness while lavender restores restfulness, or jasmine which increases confidence.

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Clear Essence Specialist Skincare Body Oil

A company that has a line dedicated to natural ingredients for skin care is Clear Essence. Clear Essence’s My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line has a body oil called Clear Essence Specialist Skin Care Body Oil. This body oil is a unique moisturizing body oil with Vitamins A and E and with our blend of lavender, rosemary and chamomile extract. Suitable for all skin types and skin tones. Ideal as a bath or massage oil. This body oil has a great smell and will leave your skin feeling amazing within minutes. For any questions please visit clearessence.com. And always remember, no matter what you are always beautiful.

 

 

As we cross the threshold between Summer and Fall, the heat of Summer begins to simmer away and make room for the cool breezes that Fall has to offer. Finally, we can escape our air-conditioned homes and absorb all that life has to offer us—like exercise. Sure exercise is great for the skin, keeping it tight and healthy while also cleansing and exfoliating your pores, but if precautionary steps aren’t taken, then you can end up with a variety of skin issues; like blisters.

We all know what blisters are; aside from making our lives a little more difficult, they act as signals to tell us when we’re treating our skin poorly. Whether it’s wearing the wrong sized shoe, applying too much friction to the skin, or accidently irritating the skin with heat or chemicals, blisters form. Regardless of the cause, a blister is the result of a damaged epidermis (the outer layer of the skin), and it acts as a defense mechanism to protect your body from infection by filling the damaged area with fluids to form the hard, blister you see today.

No matter what anyone tells you, do not pop your blisters. Instead, gently wash your blister(s) with a mild soap; such as Clear Essence’s Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Scrub Soap, Complexion Soap with Vitamin E, or our Olive/Carrot Oil Soaps. After cleansing, apply an antibacterial cream in order to prevent and stop and infection from occurring. This method does work, but the best way to relieve yourself from the stress of blisters is to prevent them. You can do this by simply keeping your skin hydrated and healthy as often as possible. We at Clear Essence Cosmetics have many options to achieve this, but the simplest way to do so is using some of our thicker body creams such as our Olive Oil Body Cream or our Swiss Complex Collagen and Vitamin E Body Crème. Both are thick; which will cut down how often you apply lotion, and are basic; meaning that they don’t have harsh chemicals that may irritate your skin. Your skin is important to us here at Clear Essence, so if you have any questions regarding your skin or our products, visit us online at www.clearessence.com or contact us today!

No matter which way you approach it, learning a language is not easy. You can take classes, buy programs, and try learning from friends, but who really has time to learn a language? So if you can’t find a way to learn a language like Spanish, then how are you supposed to find a way to learn the language of skincare and cosmetics? Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Oxybenzoen, and Benzophenoe are all words which are more complex than most languages, but Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to help you learn the meaning behind some of the most popular skincare and cosmetics terms out there!

 

Hydroquinone:

For those of you that want to lighten your skin without bleaching your skin or getting too light, Hydroquinone is the answer. Does the name, “Hydroquinone”, scare you? With thousands of articles online and in print attacking Hydroquinone for being detrimental to a person’s health, I wouldn’t be surprised if it scares you; but it shouldn’t, especially when formulated in Clear Essence Cosmetics. Hydroquinone is an active ingredient that reduces the production of melanin in the skin, thus causing the skin to become fairer. Yes, in 2006 the FDA banned the use of Hydroquinone, but that is simply because it wasn’t being used correctly by doctors and companies around the globe. But soon enough the FDA became aware that in a less concentrated state, Hydroquinone is far less dangerous and just as effective. So this is why today, Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to offer you our skincare lines with 2% Hydroquinone so you can quickly lighten your skin without worrying about any damaging effects to your body or overall health. Our customer’s safety is a top priority for Clear Essence Cosmetics; which is why we test every batch of our product to insure that it is safe and effective. If you have sensitive skin; though, get a dime-sized drop of our product and rub it on your skin and wait 24 hours to see if any irritations arise. If one does arise, Clear Essence Cosmetics will gladly replace your product with something that is safer for your skin! Feel free to contact us today and we can consult you into having the best skin of your life!

 

Alpha Hydroxy Acid:

If you’re looking for unwrinkled, glowing skin without going through the hassle of visiting a dermatologist, then Alpha Hydroxy Acid, or AHA, is your solution. AHA is an over-the-counter treatment that has been proven countless times throughout history for being extremely effective; all without catching any negative attention like Hydroquinone has in the past. AHA is proven to be safe and does not take much more than some patience to get the results you are looking for. If this sounds enticing to you, then be sure to try Clear Essence Cosmetic’s Alpha Hydroxy Series. This is a skincare line specifically formulated with AHA in order to provide our customer with a cheap, safe, and effective way to combat dry, faded, and wrinkled skin. AHA does cause sensitivity to sunlight; though, so be sure to apply a SPF 10 or SPF 15 sunscreen after use. Be sure to go online and check out our products, or give us a call or email to try a sample of our product today!

 

Glycerin:

For many, Glycerin sounds like a chemical produced at an oil refinery, thus piggybacking a terrible connotation to an ingredient that is extremely safe and effective to use. In a basic definition, Glycerin is a light, organic, non-greasy fatty acid used as a lubricant and moisturizer, but why is it so effective? Glycerin is effective because of two characteristics: it’s highly hygroscopic and it’s a skin-identical ingredient. Being hygroscopic, Glycerin pulls water from the outside (humidity) and from the rest of your body. Pulling water from lower levels of skin up and from the outside air sounds like a good idea, but it ultimately leads to dry skin because if there’s no water below your layer of skin or outside, then you will be left dry, but that is not the case with Glycerin. Because Glycerin is a skin-identical ingredient, meaning it is found naturally in the skin, the body works very effectively with the ingredient and helps to prevent skin from drying-out or scaling. Glycerin is cheap, effective, and available in several of our lines, so go out and try the effects of Glycerin!

 

As we’ve said time and time again, Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to offer you the cheapest, most effective, and safest skincare products on the market. At any time you can contact us for a free skin consultation and we can help you find which of our products will work best for you. If you still feel shaky about our products, we can offer you free samples and any information you may have about our products because we are made in the U.S.A. and are there for every step of the process. Love the skin you’re in and try Clear Essence Cosmetics today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Your Body

Love Your Body

As women in today’s society we strive for the perfect body, because we are constantly told through media that our current body is not “hot”. So we do diets, count our calories, have surgeries done, take diet pills, and etc. Some of us may want that “perfect body” so much that we starve ourselves or make ourselves sick. Well stop and listen, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. You may not have a size 2 waist, but you are still you, no one else is you. You are unique. You are special. Instead of trying to be skinny, let’s start being healthy because it will make you feel better on the inside and you will see results.

Some struggles that women have are eating disorders. According to nationaleatingdisorder.org, “In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life.” As you can see not only are women affected by this urge of wanting to be thin, men are too. Also, you are not alone. There are people out there that can help you. Two of the main eating disorders are Anorexia and Bulimia. Anorexia is when you stop eating, and starve your body. Doing this will slow down everything in your body in order to conserve energy. Bulimia is when you eat but you make yourself throw it up afterwards. This disorder creates a chemical and electrolyte imbalance in your body. Also, you can ruin your teeth because of the stomach acid which is in your vomit. With these eating disorders you may lose weight fast but is it worth harming your body?

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Another thing that people do when they are not satisfied with their bodies is plastic surgery. Plastic surgery has many risks, and very expensive. Some of the risks are: 1.) Undergoing anesthesia (there are always risks when going under), 2.) Bleeding and infections 3.) Numbness or change to skin sensitivity. However, if you have the money it will solve your problem fast. If you do decided to get surgery such as liposuction, you will have to change your eating habits as well as exercise because the fat can come back.

 

Exercise is a great thing to do. It helps with losing weight, reducing stress, gives you energy,
and combats health conditions and diseases. Exercise is a must in life and is everywhere. Going to the mall and walking from store to store is exercising. Taking the stairs instead of the escalader or elevator is exercise. All it takes is getting up off the couch and moving your body. Also another good incentive for working out is putting that spark back into your sex life. So go out there and move your body. You won’t regret it, I Promise.

 

 

Platinum Line

Platinum Line

While getting the body that you want you might as well get the skin you want too.  Clear Essence is a full skin care line scientifically formulated for people of color, whether African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Middle Eastern. A lot of products on the market currently do not address the skin care needs of those with darker complexions such as hard-to-treat dark spots, hyper-pigmentation, blemishes and dry skin tones. Clear Essence also has a Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line which is for all skin types and is made of all natural ingredients. Clear Essence’s Platinum line is the core product of this company. It contains 2% of Hydroquinone which is used to lighten skin and is FDA approved. For more information please go to clearessence.com. And no matter what you do, always remember you are beautiful.

 

Moles; they happen to everyone, and I’m not talking about the little rodent tearing up your yard. Moles come in all shapes and sizes and happen to anyone, from anywhere, of any color, and their level of beauty changes drastically from culture to culture. For some cultures, moles are seen as ugly blemishes that taint the beauty of one’s skin, but in the United States, moles are seen as beautiful. Countless celebrities; such as Eva Mendes and Mariah Carey, have beauty marks, and have helped define the beauty of moles in our society today. Regardless of their aspect of beauty, moles are seen by many as random, harmless blemishes on the skin; which is entirely false. Sure, for most, moles are harmless, but more often than you think, moles can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Extreme cases of skin cancer can erupt from a mole that becomes a melanoma (a cancerous mole). In 2012, 232,000 cases of skin cancer spawned from a melanoma, and these cases resulted in 55,000 deaths. These numbers are simply staggering, so in order to protect yourself, it’s important to know how to prevent, check, and spot potentially dangerous moles on the skin, and Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to help.

In order for one to be able to spot potentially harmful moles, one must have a clear understanding of what a standard, run-of-the-mill mole looks like. Normal moles can be described by an acronym called “The ABCDE’s of Moles”. A is for Asymmetry, meaning that the mole looks the same on both sides. B is for Border, meaning that the mole has a clear, clean border that is consistent all around the mole and is not smudgy. C is for Color, meaning that the mole is a similar color to all the other moles on your body, and is free of odd colors such as blue, pink, etc. D is for Diameter: no mole on your body should be any larger in diameter than a standard #2 pencil and should be of similar diameter to all the other moles on your body. And lastly, E is for Evolving, meaning that no mole on your body is changing shape, size, border, or color. If any mole on your body has a characteristic that violates “The ABCDE’s of Moles”, then immediately go to your doctor and request an examination and/or biopsy.

So now that you understand what the common mole looks like, and what to look out for, it’s time to learn how to check moles on the body. Start by stripping yourself of your clothing, and finding a large mirror. Check every part of your body, regardless of how odd of a spot it is. Most people think moles can only appear on sun-exposed parts of the body like the arms, face, and neck, but in actuality, moles can appear under your fingernails, the soles of your feet, and the back of your knees; so don’t forget to check your body everywhere possible. If you can’t physically check a part of your body, like your scalp, then ask a family member or friend to assist you; being thorough in checking your body for cancerous moles is crucial. For men, the most common spot for a melanoma to form is the back, and for women it is the lower leg. Be sure to check your body for cancerous moles every 3 months; unless your family has a history of skin cancer or melanomas, then check your body every month.

Clear Essence Cosmetics is proud to serve you the knowledge to check and spot dangerous moles, but did you know that we are also here to help you prevent moles (and darkspots) in the first place? Moles are caused by exposure to UV (ultraviolet light), and the easiest way to protect yourself is through the use of sunscreen. Many sunscreens; though, have terrible odors, dry your skin, and can irritate your skin, so why not try a product that protects your skin from UV exposure, smells great, and moisturizes your skin while preventing and getting rid of dark spots, acne, and any other blemishes on the skin? That product is Clear Essence. Check out any of our lines (the Platinum Line, the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line, and many more) which contain versions of our products formulated with SPF 15. Look through any of our products online or in-store today, and love the skin you’re in with Clear Essence Cosmetics products today!

 

Alpha Hydroxy AcidThere is a wide variety of products for the perfect skin care regimen. Many of the products contain ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, Collagen, and many more. This is why it is important to know what those ingredients are and what it can potentially do for your skin. Keeping yourself well informed about these ingredients can help you make the decision of whether a product is right for you.

One of the main ingredients added to the products can be alpha hydroxy acid. But what is alpha hydroxy acid? Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of natural acids that include citric, glycolic, lactic, and malic acids that work together to shed skin cells from the epidermis. Or in English, alpha hydroxy acids are acids derived from foods such as oranges, sugar cane, and milk that help make your skin look younger. It really is that simple. But how do you know if the use of alpha hydroxy acid is the right choice for you?

Think about the benefits alpha hydroxy acid can provide for you. We have already established that alpha hydroxy acid can be used as an anti-aging agent because of the natural exfoliation it provides (Too Young for an Anti-Aging Regimen?). But what else can this natural ingredient do for your skin?

There has been research proving that alpha hydroxy acid lotions or creams can help improve the condition of acne of the skin. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be used when treating acne scars as well as improvement in skin pigmentation. Lastly, alpha hydroxy acid can help increase sunscreen absorption by opening up the skin to allow sunscreens to penetrate more deeply, giving the skin more protection. Of course, this depends on the type of skin that you have. Women with oily skin should opt for using products such as gels containing alpha hydroxy acid while women with dry skin should be on the lookout for creams containing alpha hydroxy acid.

Now that you know the benefits, carefully consider what kind of results you would like for your skin and you can decide if alpha hydroxy acid is right for you. Clear Essence Skincare offers a complete line of products dedicated to anti-aging which consists of products containing Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Clear Essence’s Anti Aging Line has been uniquely formulated for mature people of color. The combination of unique plant proteins and fruit extracts create a powerful complex of ingredients, which targets and treats specific skin care concerns.  The products fade discoloration, even out skin tone, and add moisture to the skin to maintain a healthy supple texture.

Muchas personas con tonos de piel más oscuros creen que protector solar no es necesario debido a la falta de una quemadura de sol. Es cierto que la pigmentación de la piel más oscura actúa como un bloqueador solar natural de los rayos ultravioletas. Un estudio encontró que la piel más oscura tiene un SPF natural de 13 lo que significa que un individuo puede estar en el sol 3-4% más sin daño significativo de alguien de piel clara. Sin embargo, con el tiempo el daño a la piel puede ser evidente en la forma de arrugas, manchas y cáncer de piel. Cuidado de la piel de los hombres todavía debe incluir bloqueador solar para proteger la piel contra los rayos dañinos del sol.

Arrugas

Un estudio reciente encontró que el 80% de daño a la piel y las arrugas eran el resultado de la exposición al sol. El estudio también señala que sólo 2% la cantidad de daño a la piel es necesaria para hacer unos edad aparecen 3 años más viejo. Este envejecimiento visible debe ser una razón principal en no omitir protector solar como parte de su régimen diario.

Sunscreen for dark skin tonesLa Hiperpigmentación

Aquellos con piel más oscura estará de acuerdo que la cicatriz y desarrollar manchas oscuras debido a cualquier corte o mancha. Sin embargo, esto puede fácilmente evitarse con el uso de protector solar. Cuando se expone al sol, estas marcas y abrasiones pueden empeorar y volverse difíciles de curar. Con la protección del filtro solar, marcar con una cicatriz puede ser reducido.

Cáncer de Piel

Aunque no puede ver daños inmediatos del sol en forma de enrojecimiento o dolor, los efectos duraderos serán siendo notables para el cuidado de la piel de hombres en el futuro años. Cáncer de piel es la mayor amenaza de abstinencia persistente de protector solar. El melanoma es la forma más mortífera de cáncer de piel y se encuentra más comúnmente en tonos de piel oscura. Esto es debido a las malas interpretaciones sobre la piel más oscura en el sol. Por el momento que estas personas buscan el conocimiento sobre su piel, han ya dejado que el cáncer de piel propagar sin saberlo. A pesar de pigmentación más oscura ofrece cierta protección, cáncer de los rayos UV puede empezar aún en las palmas, manos, pies y otras áreas de piel más claros.

 

Estas tres razones solas significativamente pueden explicar una vida útil más corta y más rápidos signos de envejecimiento. Protector solar es tan importante para los hombres y sus rutinas de cuidado de la piel como cualquier otro individuo. Recuerde siempre utilizar un protector solar con al menos un SPF de 15.

Stretch marks affect tons of people and they seem to have so many unanswered questions. Why do we get them? Are they curable? Are they permanent? Anyone who has had stretch marks has probably asked themselves these questions. Once you understand the causes of stretch marks in African American skin care, it will be much easier to treat and prevent them in the future.

What exactly are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a type of scarring that occurs on the dermis—the outer most layer of the skin. They do not discriminate as you can find stretch marks on men, women, teens, and adults. While the appearance of stretch marks may vary depending on skin color, they affect all ethnicities and races. Because of their discolored appearance rippled texture, we aim to understand solutions to stretch marks in skin care for Black women.

What causes them?

Anytime the body goes through a rapid change in size or shape, it is likely that stretch marks will appear. The skin has a certain amount of elasticity, and when it is stretch beyond that amount, it tears. After the skin tears, it becomes very thin, allowing the color of the fat beneath the skin to show. This is why stretch marks are often a pale color. Some of the most common places we see stretch marks are in pregnant women, pubescent teens, and during excessive weight gain. During pregnancy, it is a no brainer that the stomach is going to expand and the skin is going stretch more than usual. During puberty, teens usually experience sudden growth spurts that do not give the skin adequate stretching time. The same goes for weight gain, when the skin is put under a lot of stress to expand in a short amount of time, the result is stretch marks.

One common misconception is that men do not get stretch marks as easily as women do. This is false. Men are just as able to get stretch marks as women, it just happens differently. Men often get stretch marks around their shoulders from lifting weights, as well as other parts of the body from rapid weight change.

Are they Permanent?

The way your body handles stretch marks is often hereditary. So, if your mother had a severe case of stretch marks that faded after pregnancy, chances are you will to. While, they may fade, it is true that the skin may never return to its exact state prior to having the stretch marks. Some have been able to make their skin almost identical its appearance before stretch marks, but there will always be a trace. There are a lot of products specializing in African American skin care that help to reduce stretch marks, and there are also different practices and procedures that can help treat stretch marks.

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