For many years there has been use of amino acids to treat skin with acne scars or stretch marks. Amino acids are highly capable of bettering how one’s skin looks when applied on top of the skin.
Amino Acids and Skincare
When it comes to skin care, amino acids are a catchword. Amino acids can be simply described as peptides. Extensive amount of research has been carried out on this proteins and it has been proven that they greatly regenerate skin cells. The human body uses collagen to deal with scars and stretch marks and the four proteins effective in generating collagen are lysine, leucine, glycine and proline. These proteins either work singly or in unison, either way they are extremely efficient in treating skin.
Among the most common treatments for acne that are bought over the counter are amino acids. They are fundamentally beneficial in microdermabrasion, which is the term used in medicine to mean exfoliation. Microdermabrasion facilitates skin rejuvenation through the removal of the top layer of dead skin cells. This is a painless process. Removal of the dead cells allows new cells to replace them thus enhancing the good health of the skin. Amino acids are essential in the removal of the top layer. Amino acids also enhance the regeneration of collagen which is found on the dermis and is useful for ensuring skin elasticity and resilience. The higher the amount of collagen in the skin, the greater the ability of the skin to heal scars. Amino acids also deal with scars by making darkened scar tissue lighter.
Stretch marks are caused by the skin stretching too quickly. They are mostly seen as red or purple lines on the skin and they become lighter with time. The marks are a representation of tears in the dermis which is a mesh of collagen fibers important for ensuring the skin remains elastic and resilient. Stretching the skin too quickly causes this mesh to tear thus causing stretch marks.
Stretch marks usually remain on the skin for a lifetime but there are some over-the-counter creams which contain some ingredients which have been found to lighten stretch marks.
Amino acids usually form the foundation of peptides that deal with wrinkles and are also able to decrease how deep and long stretch marks are. Found in almost all these creams are elastin and collagen which goes deep into the layers of the skin to treat the mesh from within.
Elastin is found in skin and its function is to enable the skin to stretch without causing a tear in the mesh. The amount of elastin produced by the body decreases with age thus there is more likely of the skin to have stretch marks as it tears easily. Creams with a lot of elastin derived from amino acids treat stretch marks very well. Strivectin-SD and Elastin3 are creams rich in amino acids and have been clinically approved to deal with stretch marks.