Of what importance is our skin other than to keep every thing else tidily tucked away inside? Why do we feel deeply unhappy when it is marked or scarred? You might be surprised at the range of processes carried out by the largest organ of the human body.
On an average person there is 1.5 to 2 square metres of skin depending on gender, weight etc. This multi-layered covering obviously protects our inner organs from pathogens and direct physical damage but it also prevents excessive water loss. Skin also helps in the production of vitamin D and is part of the vitamin B cycle. One of the pigments in skin, melanin, partly protects us against dangerous Ultra violet light and its enzymes helps our skin heal from any UV damage. Skin insulates us and so helps us stay warm but it also keeps us cool by producing sweat from its 650 sweat glands per square inch. In the same area of skin are 20 blood vessels and 1000 plus nerve endings, the latter which keep us safely aware of our world.
It is our nerve endings that we live through; imagine not being able to sense heat or cold, it would be a very dangerous world if we couldn’t. Also try to imagine losing the pleasure of feeling the sun’s touch on our face, the fall of silk or wool as we dress, that sudden splash of water as we swim or shower and worst of all, not feeling anything as we hold our loved ones close. Physical contact is about pleasure and communication.
The 62000 blood vessels over our bodies also help us communicate. Through the action of these blood vessels we can tell a person’s general state of health, and their mood: we cannot hide our excitement, embarrassment and anger when it is written in a blush all over our face. This outer covering is a part of our psychology as well as our biology so it is not a surprise if we are unhappy when it’s covered in stretch marks.
The birth of a child may be a joyous occasion for most but the physical scars can cause emotional problems for many. These marks can be seen as a natural part of motherhood, almost as a badge of honour but this is difficult to feel if the scarring is extreme or if your career depends on your appearance And it is not only women who get stretch marks; time, weight-gain and age can cause the same scarring in men and both genders can be just as self-conscious of these scars or might need to have them removed for professional reasons.
There are different forms of removal treatment available for stretch marks though their effectiveness depends on the depth of scarring and whether treatment for associated problems need to be dealt with at the same time so it is important to have advice from specialists in the field who can recommend the best therapy.
Happily scientists have discovered through Stem Cell Therapy that with the right catalyst, cells can be stimulated to regenerate, this means that scar tissue can be changed to healthy new skin. Some beauty clinics have taken the lessons learned in this research to develop new treatments. Now we have effective therapy for scars that uses one’s own healthy skin cells in a stretch mark removal treatment that is as close as can be to natural healing.