One of the skin care ingredients we keep hearing great things about is allantoin for stretch marks. We’ve seen this one on several specially-designed products, such as the Skinception for stretch mark, and decided to investigate further.
Allantoin is a chemical compound extracted from the root of the comfrey plant. It’s not as popular as some other emollients, such as shea butter, for example, which is why we’d like to focus on it for a little – give it the attention it deserves.
What Are the Benefits of Allantoin For Skin?
This little chemical compound has a wide array of skin benefits and can be extremely versatile in treating skin issues.
Allantoin Is A Powerful Wound Healer
Allantoin has been shown to speed up the recovery process of superficial wounds, as well as improve the appearance of scars. It does this by stimulating the fibroblasts inside the skin (the cells that produce collagen and elastin, which are responsible for your skin’s vitality and elasticity).
By helping the body produce collagen at a faster rate, allantoin is essentially encouraging new layers of healthy, firm skin to appear and rise to the surface, aka the healing process.
Allantoin Helps Shed Dead Skin Cells
Another significant benefit of the allantoin compound is that is acts as a keratolytic agent, meaning that it speeds up the skin’s exfoliation rate. You see, your skin needs to be able to shed dead skin cells, as these clog the pores and give your skin a dull, listless appearance.
By encouraging it to shed, allantoin is restoring your skin’s youthful glow. Once again, exfoliation is essential in treating scars and wounds because it gets rid of the affected skin and allows new, unaffected skin to appear.
Allantoin Is Great Against Aging
The reason for this is that allantoin is an important and potent emollient. It’s easily absorbed by your skin and capable of providing long-term moisture. As you age, your body has trouble in retaining that essential moisture, which leads to the skin drying out.
Thanks to its’ exfoliating properties, allantoin is a double-combo for anti-aging products because it also helps shed dead cells (which make your skin appear dull, as you age) and boosts collagen, making your skin youthful and elastic, as it used to be.
So, Is Allantoin Good for Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks occur when your skin is forced to stretch too fast. Your skin is not expecting the rapid weight change, and as it stretches to accommodate the new weight, little tears begin to form on the middle-layer, known as the dermis.
So basically, stretch marks are tiny wounds, bordering on scars, the more you leave them untreated.
As we just saw, allantoin has excellent wound healing properties, and for that alone, we would recommend it for stretch marks. It’s particularly potent for new stretch marks (typically under a year old and red/purple in color) because then, it can act together with your skin’s own healing efforts.
By moisturizing and exfoliating your stretch-marked skin, allantoin will not only help shed the affected layers but will also encourage essential collagen production that will mask and close up the wounds.
To sum up, allantoin has all the benefits that your stretch-marked skin needs to repair.
Will It Work on Old (White) Stretch Marks?
Yes, allantoin is beneficial for old stretch marks as well. However, you have to understand that by this point (where your marks have turned a silvery-white), your skin has already sort of given up on healing. So obviously, this potent compound will help shed skin, boost collagen and moisturize, as said. But its healing abilities will be far less impressive than they would be on newer stretch marks.
This is why we always recommend that you begin treating stretch marks as early as possible. Obviously, moisturizing for prevention is best, but failing that, start treating them as soon as you notice them. Don’t let them get white, because you’ll have a much harder time getting them out.
Allantoin: Yes or No?
In our research, we’ve seen no reason not to like allantoin. It did cause redness or itchiness for a very small percent of the people who used it, but overall, it’s a safe and potent ingredient against stretch marks.
Our advice would be, if you can get your hands on a cream that contains allantoin, go for it!