Stretch marks are not a severe skin condition. They don’t pose any threats or complications, yet they’re often the source of much discomfort. There are many available natural lotions and massage techniques to use against stretch marks. Essential oils for stretch marks are pleasant and easy to use. This makes it possible to have many preferences.
It’s always nice to have options, right? Instead of paying thousands of bucks for laser therapy, you could simply commit to an intensive care program. This program may require a bit of effort, but in the end, you might find it more useful.
In this article, you’ll find:
- Details about stretch marks.
- Why and how to use essential oils in blends for stretch marks.
- A list of best oils to use (essential and vegetable) to improve and prevent stretch marks.
- An intensive anti-stretch marks beauty routine with blends and directions.
- Tips and supplements to take to strengthen your skin.
- And last but not least, a few natural suggestions to popular stretch mark treatments.
Stretch Marks Explained, plus the Benefits of Using Essential Oil Care Blends
Stretch marks can be most unpleasant, especially since appearance matters a lot for most people. Women are more affected than men.
No wonder, since women give birth and are more careful with the way they look. This is one major factor for which most of us fluctuate in weight over the years. And these fluctuations are a known stretch mark cause.
Unfortunately, these marks can also affect the social life of a person. Some refuse to go to the beach or the pool, just to avoid showing their stretch marks.
That is why today we have so many treatment options. They are all meant to improve the aspect of stretch marks. You must be aware though, that there is no cure for stretch marks, not even with laser.
However, many available options show promising results. One of them is the use of essential oils. Essential oils for stretch marks are very accessible. They can work really well, especially if patience and motivation will fuel the treatment process.
The medical term for stretch marks is Striae. They are skin lesions that happen on the middle layer of the skin – the dermis. This is a layer made of a tough network of connective tissue. This connective tissue is the one that tears under various conditions.
Conditions that favor the appearance of stretch marks:
- Adolescence, because of growth spurts.
- Weight gain.
- Cushing syndrome.
- Chronic steroid use.
- Family history.
The last two causes may only make a person more prone to getting stretch marks. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have them too if your family has them. Weight gain and pregnancy, rapid muscle growth and the use of steroids are the most common causes for getting these skin tears.
They can be seen in areas like:
- Upper arms.
- The back of the knees.
- And calves.
The stripy marks appear on these areas mostly because there are muscles there. Rapid muscle growth can stretch the skin. Also, fat may deposit faster in those areas and stretch the skin. If this stretching lasts a long time, the stretch marks are usually permanent.
There are many types of stretch marks:
- Striae Distensae. This form refers to stretch marks gained during puberty or pregnancy. Growth spurts and pregnancy may cause the skin to stretch too much over a short period of time. If there is not enough elastin in the skin, this will tear.
- Striae Atrophica. This form of stretch marks is caused by a significant lack of elastin. Elastin may degrade because of medication, steroids and certain diseases or syndromes (Williams, hypertension, Marfan’s syndrome, etc.).
- Striae gravidarum. This form refers to stretch marks that occur only during pregnancy and because of it. This means the hormones released in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy may affect the skin’s elastic fibers.The skin is more prone to tearing beginning with the third month of pregnancy.
- Vergetures. This term refers to normal stretch marks () The difference however, is the pattern in which they occur. They look like whip lashes, long lines that may date from the puberty or a pregnancy.
Knowing the type of stretch marks you have may influence the type of treatment used to improve their appearance. Weight loss can usually help the skin bounce back, but the final result may vary. If your skin has been stretched for too long a period, your stretch marks will only improve in appearance.
If the skin hasn’t been stretched for a long time, then you may have a chance at helping them fade away more visibly. Anyway, the good news is that you can do something to improve their aesthetic appearance.
You just need some determination and patience. Using good oils for stretch marks will slowly get you the results you’re looking for. Do you want to know what oils are good for stretch marks? Then continue reading to discover my list of oils to choose from.
Why Use Essential Oils for Stretch Marks?
These oils are plant extracts that are very powerful and concentrated. Each type of oil is unique in its chemical composition and properties. But, since most of them share common constituents, almost all essential oils are:
- Cicatrisant (help a wound or tear close faster).
These properties make them good essential oils to use to improve the appearance of stretch marks. On top of it all, there are some oils that can actually improve the circulation. This is extremely helpful in speeding up the healing of the tissue.
How to Use and Apply Essential Oils for Stretch Marks?
Since they are so powerful, essential oils need to be diluted before skin application.
You will use topical lotions and serums. This means you can make your own blends and add whatever ingredients you like. You can blend any amount of carriers with your essential oils, and apply daily on the affected areas. You can also mix them with other body lotions or creams.
For anti-stretch marks blends, you can mix 18 – 30 drops of essential oils per fl. Oz carrier oil or lotion.
Before using them on wide areas, I recommend patch testing your ingredients. Dilute a drop of EO with a drop of carrier and apply on the soft inside of your arm. Cover with a band aid and watch it for a few hours – a day to avoid any skin allergies.
Decide upon your ingredients and then make a bit of research. Find out if there are specific safety measures you should take before use. Depending on your health condition, medical history and allergies, some oils (essential or vegetable) may not be what you need.
A List of Best Essential Oils for Stretch Marks
There are over a hundred essential oils out there. Each is unique in its own way thanks to their chemical profiles. Out of all the available oils, only a handful is really indicated to improve the aspect of stretch marks.
Are you curious what essential oils are good for stretch marks? Here’s a list with only the best essential oils to use for stretch marks:
Rose Geranium essential oil.
Rose Geranium can tighten the blood vessels and improve microcirculation. The oil can stimulate the production of new cells, collagen and elastin. These two fibers form the connective tissue that breaks and becomes a stretch mark.
Helichrysum essential oil.
Known as a great remedy for scars and wounds, Helichrysum has to be in this top. It is indeed one of the best essential oils for stretch marks. Using this oil will help your skin become elastic again.
It will strengthen its connective tissue and prevent it from tearing. With existent stretch marks, Helichrysum will definitely improve their aspect.
Frankincense essential oil.
This aromatic extract is indeed very good for skin. It can prevent premature aging, soothe itching and burning sensations. The oil can also stimulate the collagen production and improve the elasticity of the skin.
Rose essential oil.
Rose is one of the best essential oils for stretch marks. It can stop bleeding and speed up the coagulation of blood in those veins that tear with the skin.
It tones the skin and strengthens it on a long term. This is a good oil to use to prevent stretch marks, because it can help the skin bear shocks like tearing better.
Myrrh essential oil.
Myrrh is an oil that stimulates the healing process, thus speeding up the tissue’s recovery. It can also protect from infections that may occur in the freshly tore skin.
It also improves the microcirculation. This means more oxygen will reach the stretch marks. Oxygen and nutrients help the skin stay healthy and function better.
John’s Wort essential oil.
This oil is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is recommended for skin traumatisms such as skin tears. It is a good essential oil for stretch marks that soothes the wounded skin and improves its elasticity.
Red Myrtle (ct. 1,8 cineole) essential oil.
This specific chemotype (ct.) is a very good antioxidant. It soothes the skin and decongests veins. Veins rupture once the skin tears, so the stretch marks become red or purple.
The oil of Red Myrtle helps regenerating the tissue. It does that while helping the surrounding tissue go back to its normal aspect and function too.
Other good essential oils for stretch marks:
- Clary Sage.
- Green Mandarin.
- Ho Wood.
Now you know what essential oils are good for stretch marks. This list, plus your personal preferences will help you decide which oils to use in your next blend.
But, as I’ve said before, you don’t use these concentrated oils directly on skin. They may burn it or sensitize it (or both). They need to be diluted in a carrier oil first.
Best Oils for Stretch Marks (Carriers)
These oils are extracted from the fatty portions of fruits or their seeds. They contain lots of essential fatty acids necessary for the skin to rejuvenate and regenerate.
They also nourish, hydrate the skin, and regulate sebum production. These things make them ideal for all skin types to use against stretch marks.
Butters are solid vegetable fats that melt in contact with the skin. They are very good moisturizers that can help repair and regenerate the tissue.
Those oils and butters are:
- Macadamia oil.
- Hazelnut oil.
- Borage oil.
- Hemp oil.
- Rosehip seed oil.
- Grapeseed oil.
- Avocado oil.
- Castor oil.
- Baobab oil.
- Sweet Almond oil.
- Tamanu oil.
- Wheat germ oil.
- Jojoba oil (liquid wax).
- Coconut oil (solid at room temperature).
- Cocoa butter.
- Shea butter.
- Mango butter.
These are all good oils for stretch marks. With such a long list, you’ll be sure to find a few very good ones. You are guaranteed to use only the best oils for your stretch marks. Whenever you need a change in your care regimen, you can choose the next one you like, and so on.
Intensive Anti-Stretch Marks Beauty Routine with Essential Oils
Your skin is your largest organ, and it can be very elastic and adaptable to body changes. When the skin stretches, it is usually done without ever acknowledging it. Unless we’re talking about pregnancy, which is more than obvious the skin is stretching.
All the other factors that cause the skin to stretch though are not felt. We usually find out there was a stretching going on only after we see the stretch marks. If they’re new (red or purple colored), you can act immediately. You can help the skin recover by feeding it essential fatty acids that carrier oils contain.
While the stretch is much easier, the reverse process is much, much slower! The skin can indeed bounce back, but it depends on how long has the skin been stretched. It also depends on the quality of elastin fibers and collagen in the body.
Essential oils for stretch marks are great because they can also stimulate this production of collagen and elastin.
That being said, I propose an intensive care program to manage and deal with your stretch marks. I will give you two anti-stretch marks serums to use daily, day and evening.
The skin has a tendency to get used to what you put on it, thus cause the ingredients to become less effective. That’s why you’ll also find more natural blends to switch between recipes.
Duration of the Care Program: two – three months
Homemade Stretch Mark Blend (Cream) #1 – Day Use
- Helichrysum essential oil: 15 drops
- Neroli essential oil: 15 drops
- Rosewood essential oil: 10 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 5 drops
- Macadamia oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Rosehip seed oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Spray recipient
Pour your vegetable oils into the recipient first. Then add your essential oils for stretch marks and shake the blend really well. Do so every time before use.
Apply once a day, each morning after shower. Use moderate amounts of the blend because the skin only absorbs as much as it needs. If you use a large quantity of the product, you will only waste it.
Macadamia protects cells and nourishes the skin on a deep level. It is also soothing and hydrating, very good for vergetures and stretch marks (striae).
Rosehip seed oil is very rich in linoleic acid, great for tissue regeneration. It also contains vitamin A.
Homemade Stretch Mark Blend (Cream) #2 – Nighttime Use
- Grapefruit essential oil: 20 drops
- Frankincense essential oil: 8 drops
- Cistus essential oil: 8 drops
- Immortelle essential oil: 14 drops
- Rosehip oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Avocado oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Vitamin E: 5 – 10 capsules (drops)
- Spray recipient
Again, add your essential oils into the carriers. Shake really well each time before use and apply on a clean, dry skin. Use the blend every night, for 6 – 8 weeks.
Use vigorous massage movements towards the exterior and upwards. Avocado is another good oil for stretch marks because it contains lots of nourishing essential acids.
The essential oils used in both blends will:
- Help renewing skin cells and improve skin elasticity.
- Prevent skin sagging.
- Prevent premature aging and regenerate the tissue.
- Improve the blood flow in those lesions (where stretch marks occur).
After you’ve completed this intensive care program for stretch marks, you should still continue. Use a maintenance serum all year long. You can continue using this serum only once a day or every other day.
But I don’t think that’ll be a problem after going through 3 months of daily care. Hydration and nourishment are essential to an elastic skin!
Other Stretch Marks Remedies
This section will help you get more inspiration for different other blends to use throughout the time.
After Pregnancy Anti-Stretch Mark Blend
- Myrrh essential oil: 15 drops
- Rose Geranium essential oil: 15 drops
- Mandarin essential oil: 20 drops
- Argan oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Hazelnut oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply a moderate amount of this blend all over the stretch marks, daily. Ideally, you will apply it twice a day for the first 2 – 3 months if it’s the first step in your care regimen.
During pregnancy, the best oils for stretch marks are vegetable oils (carriers) and butters. Essential oils are considered dangerous because they can penetrate the placenta.
Some may even cause contractions or miscarriage, so be careful! Seek the doctor’s advice if you want to use essential oils during pregnancy!
Simple Stretch Marks Care Blend
- Rose Geranium essential oil: 10 drops
- Ho Wood essential oil: 10 drops
- Borage oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Shake this blend well before use. Apply with upwards massage movements all over the affected areas, twice a day for the first 2 – 3 months.
Continue moisturizing your skin with an anti-stretch marks blend each day of the year as a prevention method. Plus, daily use of oils on the skin will improve its elasticity in general and make you look younger.
Tips and Supplements that May Prevent the Appearance of Stretch Marks
- Avoid losing weight too rapidly.
- Avoid gaining muscle mass too rapidly.
- Consume steroids only with the advice of a doctor, and in moderate quantities.
- Consume enough essential acids (omegas) on a daily basis.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Don’t forget to use a different blend every 2 months or so!
- Maintain a positive attitude and don’t expect much at first. It may take at least 2 months until seeing visible improvement.
- Take supplements such as vitamins A, C, E.
- Minerals such as zinc and sulfur will also help produce collagen and elastin.
Popular Stretch Marks Treatment Therapies and Their Natural Alternatives
I’ve decided to write this section to show you that it is possible to replace some therapies with natural blends that can still work just as good.
- Retin-A – a cream that comes with lots of precautions. What it does is to increase the collagen production so that the skin may not break as easily. It is used more as a prevention method. I’ve given you a list with some of the best essential oils for stretch marks. Almost all of them can increase the production of collagen and elastin, without any side effect.
- Glycolic acid – is used in chemical peels. It also increases the collagen production, as well as removing dead skin cells. You can obtain glycolic acid by combining sugar, yoghurt and cold pressed citrus essential oils. Do not expose yourself to UV light after this treatment as it may cause (sun) burns.
There is also the option of laser treatments but they’re not really worth the effort and money. Laser stretch marks can be too costly and leave scars and hyper-pigmentation behind. It’s also not very efficient for dark-colored skin.
Since no treatment method has yet proven as effective as one would desire, I do believe it’s better to try more natural ways first.
There are things you could do to avoid getting more stretch marks. Things like focusing more on exercising and maintaining a steady weight.
Add to this lifestyle a good skin care regimen and a concentrated blend with essential oils for stretch marks. Little by little, every single detail will add up to the overall aspect. You’ll be surprised how each detail can change the way your skin looks.
What is your preferred method when it comes to caring for stretch marks? Do you know any other good oils for stretch marks? What is your experience so far with this type of problem? Go on, I encourage you to tell me more in the comments section below.