10 Best Essential Oils for Stretch Marks

Do you believe that stretch marks fade with time?

Yes, it is true that light stretch marks fade with time, but the dark ones do not. The later types always require some interventions to get rid of.

The truth is, no treatment can remove stretch marks and restore your skin to its initial state 100%. The available treatment work to fade them and improve the skin texture and their overall appearance.

10 Best Essential Oils for Stretch Marks
Essentials oils are very popular and they are raved for helping improve a number of skin issues. They are among the best oils for stretch marks and scars.

With that said, it is important to note that, there is still no major scientific evidence that confirms the effectiveness of essential oils for stretch marks.

Most people use these oils to successfully moisturize and replenish their skin. In the same way, this is how essential oils reduce and fade away stretch marks.

This article focuses on the best essential oils for treating stretch marks at home.

Can the Use of Essential Oils Diminish Stretch Marks?

What has been seen in recent years is claims that different essential oils have been able to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

It is important to note that, different essential oils improve the skin in different ways. When blended with other supportive ingredients, they work even better on your stretch marks.

The tropical uses of naturally occurring plant oils help in maintaining the skin's health.

They have a good moisturizing ability, which might be among the reasons why essential oils show positive effects on stretch marks.

Note: These results also differ from one skin type to another. Every one of these oils has different benefits to the skin, not necessarily to solemnly fade stretch marks. 


Below is a list of the Best Essential Oils for Stretch Marks:

1. Bitter Almond Oil 

Massage the affected area with this bitter almond oils for 15 minutes daily to help fade away stretch marks.

However, there is no valid scientific evidence to back the effectiveness of this oil on stretch marks. (1)


2. Tea Tree Oil 

This essential oil has great benefits to the skin. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

These properties assist in keeping the skin healthy and prevents the skin from developing several problems.

Note: This oil can irritate the skin and cause some people unpleasant allergic reactions. Always do a patch test to determine its effect on your skin before applying in on the stretch marks. (2)

Nonetheless, this essential oil has also no scientific study that proves its action in reducing stretch marks.


3. Bitter Orange Oil 

The bitter orange oil is widely used by the Chinese. It treats a number of skin-related issues.

The application of Bitter orange oil to the skin to treats skin problems such as ringworms, athlete’s foot, and jock itch.

Some subjective evidence states that this oil can also help treat stretch marks. (3)


3. Lavender Oil

It has great significance in the aromatherapy scene. Lavender oil works to relieve anxiety, stress, and certain pain.

A study done proved that lavender oil also works to promote the production of collagen and in turn helps to heal wounds. (4)

The trigger of this collagen synthesis can be associated with its ability to help fade stretch marks.


4. Neroli Oil

Neroli oil is a type of essential oil that has multiple dermatologic uses. It helps alleviate wrinkles, acne, dry skin, dermatitis, and scars. (5)

For this reason, it maintains the skins’ overall health and consequently used to treat stretch marks.


6. Patchouli Oil

From a study conducted on mice, this essential oil showed efficacy in averting photoaging. It was able to prevent the formation of wrinkles and helped maintain elasticity and the general production of collagen. (6)

Therefore, the collagen-boosting ability found in patchouli oil may treat stretch marks.


7. Frankincense Oil 

Ayurvedic widely uses Frankincense oil to maintain the overall health of the skin. it has seen to be good in healing wounds and stimulating skin cells that are responsible for the production of collagen.

For this purpose, Frankincense oil can help treat stretch marks. Nevertheless, no scientific studies have come up to back this. (7)


8. Argan Oil

The Argan oil is acquired from the argan tree kernels. It is one of the recent essential oils to show its potency.

According to recent research, Argan oil helps improve skin’s elasticity. This had led to the belief that argan oil may help reduce or prevent stretch marks. (8)


9. Rosehip Oil 

This essential oil is acquired from the seeds or fruit of roses.

In reference to a study conducted in 2013, rosehip oil moisturizer was proven to help prevent the severity of stretch marks in pregnant women. It also proved effective in preventing the appearance of new stretch marks. (9)


10. Coconut Oil 

Coconut Oil is calming and soothing. This emollient properties found in this essential oil helps keep the skin hydrated.

Keeping the skin hydrated and moisturized is linked with the alleviation of stretch marks. Coconut oil is therefore said to be able to reduce stretch marks. (10)


11. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil inhibits several skin infections and the skin aging process it also promotes wound healing. (11)

Therefore, this essential oil is believed to be able to treat stretch marks.


Best way to Use essential Oil for Stretch marks

The best way to use these essential oils is by making simple blends. You are supposed to mix them with carrier oils.

Essential oils are very concentrated. If not diluted, they can easily irritate the skin and cause harm.

Some of the carrier oils you can use include:
  • Argan oil
  • Rosehip seed oil
  • Pomegranate seed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Olive oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Wheat germ oil

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (12) proposes these dilution rates for essential oils used for adults. Measurement is per ounce.
  1. For 2.5% dilution, use 15 drops of essential oil
  2. For 3% dilution, use 20 drops of essential oil
  3. For 5% dilution, use 30 drops of essential oil
  4. For 10% dilution, use 60 drops of essential oil

Note: It is advisable to start with more diluted concentration and increase the concentration of essential oil as your skin develops tolerance.


Possible risks and side effects of using essential oil

Allergic reactions are the most known side effects of these essential oils. Below is a list of the common among the allergic reactions: (13)

  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Redness

The best way to reduce or eliminate these side effects is by diluting them in carrier oils before use. It is advisable to seek professional medical advice before using any essential oil.

Conclusion: As stated earlier, all essential oils have different skin benefits. When you get to mix them with other supportive ingredients or oils, they might reduce stretch marks.

This happens by fading the stretch marks and alleviating itchiness and any other negative effect the skin suffers from having stretch marks.



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