Most people get stretch marks at some point or other in their lives.[1]

Even though they aren’t something to be concerned about from a medical point of view and they don’t really cause any pain.

But it can be very annoying for the people who get them. Especially by how they look!

Moreover, some of the newly formed stretch marks can get itchy for days as well.

It is mostly unsightly, dark, streaks that causes disruption to smooth skin. These marks are mostly a problem for women.

Although a small percentage of men, however, also get stretch marks. Mostly in body areas where fat can easily accumulate.

These unsightly, reddish-purple marks mostly appear in the abdominal area, near the armpits and in the outer thighs. They can also develop on the buttocks, breasts, and upper arms.[2]

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR STRETCH MARKS

If you’re looking for a natural method to minimize and reduce the appearance of stretch marks, essential oils may just be the right thing for you.[4]

These oils are found in plants and typically cold pressed from the seeds.

They are a great natural solution to your stretch mark problem. As it helps to restore the moisture level of your skin, while repairing and regenerating the skin cells. 

A number of these oils have excellent skin benefits that help fade out stretch marks.

And some of the essential oils can also help minimize inflammation and scarring of the skin, both of which are involved in stretch mark formation.

Moreover, many of these oils also restore and rejuvenate skin tissues.

This helps to repair the damage that is done to the cells, resulting in fading and lightening of the marks.

Additionally, many of these essential oils also increase moisture in the skin, allowing for faster skin healing.

 The following is a list of the most effective essential oils that ensures the maximum benefits when it comes to the reduction of stretch marks.


1. LAVENDER ESSIENTIAL OIL[4]

Lavender oil is well known for its versatility and numerous health benefits.

It is a common ingredient in many commercial skincare products and massage oils that are prepared for stretch mark removal.

Though popular for its calming and relaxing effects, its ability to tone and heal the skin is sometimes overlooked.

It has uses that range from relieving irritation and insect stings to soothing cuts and bruises.

Also used for sunburn relief and wound healing, lavender oil can improve the scar-formation process.

Such that it can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks that are formed.

Its anti-inflammatory action along with its mild healing effects can help in skin renewal for areas damaged by stretch marks.

Moreover, this oil is also safe to use for pregnant moms after the first trimester.

Long appreciated for its medicinal properties, lavender essential oil is known for the way it tenderly treats, tones, and rejuvenates the skin.

2. PATCHOULI ESSENTIAL OIL[4]

Patchouli essential oil has a unique earthy scent.

Its musky, earthy scent is present in various products, from personal care and fragrances, to air fresheners and other home care products.

This healing oil encourages speedy recovery of the skin, preventing the formation of scars. 

It is responsible to boasts of many health benefits, and is a great addition to any skin healing routine.

Patchouli is one of the best oils that can be used for stretch mark removal as it helps to regenerate healthy skin cells.

It also aids in preventing scar formation while boosting skin recovery from the damage that has been caused by overstretching.

Patchouli essential oil can help soothe irritations and be used for cuts, sores and scrapes.

The oil’s skin repairing properties stem from its exceptional moisturizing abilities.

This helps to keep the skin cells healthy while also countering rapid aging.

It has been found that by regularly using the oil wrinkles can be prevented and the appearance of cellulites can also be diminished.

3. FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL[4]

Frankincense oil, is found from the sap of the Boswellia sacra tree. It is excellent for the repairing of overstretched skin.

The oil is a potent astringent, which aids to tighten skin tissue while promoting cell turnover. This is why it is also effective in preventing wrinkles and saggy skin.

Plus, not only does it help to fade the purplish colour of the stretch marks but also prevents new ones from forming.

This essential oil is a wonderful treatment for healing and fading scars, including stretch marks.

Frankincense essential oil with its healing properties helps to prevent tissue damage while assisting to repair the skin that is stretched to its limit.

Consistent use of this oil will not only fade stretch marks, but will also prevent new ones from forming.

Moreover, frankincense oil keeps the skin clear of blemishes and darkening due to its ability to prevent skin damage.

If you want an effective all-purpose regimen for the overall skin health, frankincense oil is one of the oils that you should be stocking up on.

4. NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL[4]

This sweet, citrusy oil extracted from orange blossoms combines fashion and function. Neroli essential oil is popular for its ability to revitalize the skin.

A common name found in the list of ingredients in cosmetics and skin healing creams, neroli oil, is what you can rely on for various skin conditions.

This oil’s revitalizing effect combined with its restorative properties greatly helps fade stretch marks and prevents new ones from forming.

Its elegant scent readily blends with a variety of other oils as well.

Constant use of this energizing oil will help prevent the development of stretch marks.

Moreover, due to its regenerative and restoring properties, neroli essential oil aids to revitalize sagging skin.

It can also combat oily skin and prevent acne.

5. JASMINE ESSENTIAL OIL

This flowery essential oil heals many skin problems, such as dryness, scaring, and oiliness and is a great way to rejuvenate your mood.

Moreover jasmine essential oil can also help to boost the skin’s elasticity while nourishing the skin with healing properties. 

It not only fades current stretch marks but also prevents new ones from forming.

6. HELICHRYSUM ESSENTIAL OIL

This fruity smelling essential oil contains many healing properties that can help calm disturbed and stretched skin.

This anti-inflammatory oil acts as an astringent that helps boost blood circulation in the skin. This helps the skin to repair itself while the stretch marks fade.

Its ability to promote blood circulation is also useful for blemishes and wrinkles.

Regular application of this oil regularly can help nourish the skin, retain moisture and improve skin elasticity.

7. GERANIUM ESSIENTIAL OIL

This delicately scented essential oil from the geranium plant works like magic for the skin!

This sweet floral essential oil is present in many beauty products due to its healing properties, especially in creams designed for stretch marks.

This oil helps to promote collagen production which can alone help to prevent stretch marks and maintain the elasticity of the skin. Geranium essential oil aids to prevent and heal existing stretch marks.

Apart from this, geranium oil has many more skin benefits to offer! It helps to prevent wrinkles, fades acne scars, lightens blemishes and renews dry, aging skin. All these benefits make it a perfect addition to your regular skin moisturizer as well!

Apart from these, some other popular essential oils for stretch marks are-lemon oil, bitter orange oil, rose oil, fennel oil, myrrh oil, carrot seed oil, sage oil and cedar wood oil.


How to use Essential Oils

Well, because of the powerful nature of the essential oils, make sure you mix each essential oil with a carrier oil or cream before applying.

Dilute 5 to 10 drops of essential oils in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Some of the best carrier oils are coconut oil, grape seed oil, olive oil and almond oil.

Rub the mixture of essential oil and carrier oil onto the stretch marks until fully absorbed. Then you can use a derma roller to maximize the effect and minimize healing time.

What you can also do is exfoliate with essential oils. This will scrub away dead skin cells and lighten up dark streaks, making the stretch marks less visible.

In order to exfoliate with essential oils and remove stretch marks, you can use this recipe-

  • Take 2 cups of a natural exfoliate like sugar or sea salt.
  • Combine it with 1 cup of carrier oil like olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, almond oil or sunflower oil.
  • Add 10 to 15 drops of essential oils and mix well.

Remember to always do a patch test before using a new essential oil. You might be allergic to it and you might not be even aware of it so be careful!

In case you do have an allergic reaction, stop using the essential oil.

If you’re pregnant and you see stretch marks developing then it might be tempting to start these remedies. However, essential oils are very strong, so check with your doctor first. For now it might just be safer to moisturize with carrier oils.

Moreover after using these oils, remember to avoid the sun. They’re phototoxic and can result in irritation when exposed to sunlight. Be safe and use these oils at night before bedtime.

By using essential oils for stretch marks, you can say bye-bye to the expensive creams. Not only you’ll expose yourself to fewer chemicals but also you will make your wallet happy. Using these oils will also give you a pleasant aromatherapy.

So in order to get the maximum benefit from the treatment, make sure-

You are hydrated[5]

As your skin is more likely to tear and lose its elasticity when you don’t drink enough water. You should be drinking at least 8-10 glasses a day.

Get enough Sleep

When you’re asleep it is the time when your body focuses on healing and building itself back up.

If you aren’t getting proper amount of sleep, your body is more likely to break down.

From 11pm to 2am is known as the magical hours for rejuvenation so try to be asleep during this period to maximise the benefits.

And lastly,

Eat Well [5]

It shouldn’t be a surprise that your skin’s health is dependent on what you put inside of your body.

Too much sugar and processed food is not only bad for your body but also for your skin.

Focus on eating a good variety. Your body will then have the nutrients and vitamins it needs to prevent/treat stretch marks.

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