Stretch marks are scars on the skin with a different shade colour. The word “stretch” comes from “straie” is a disease, also known as striae disease. Stretch marks are permanent marks. They may diminish, but they do not remove completely.
Stretch marks may also be formed during pregnancy with most probable occurrences on the belly, breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and various other parts of the body.
Human skin is subject to contraction or stretching of the skinny upper layer.
Tearing of dermis which is the main cause of the occurrence of these stretch marks is often caused by the rapid growth or increase or decrease of weights rapidly.
The human body is subject to different hormones.
The hormones are associated with puberty, pregnancy, body building, and stretch marks can also be as a consequent of these hormones. Creams and certain medicines may help in diminishing stretch marks.
Stretch marks can be very frequent and may occur in any parts of the body.
Most of the people are fond of junk food. Thus, they are subject to fats and have a high probability of occurrence of stretch marks. They are reddish hue even can be purple and due to their occurrences skin pigmentation is lost.
Stretch marks are primarily seen in the dermis layer of the skin. They affect the human body causing a sensational itching effect and can even reach the extent of the sensation of burning.
Though, they irritate the skin to a huge extent but do not cause harm the inner health of the human body. They do not affect the ability of the human body to make normal functions.
However, they are often considered as a cosmetic nuisance.
If you are facing this problem, don’t worry!
In this article, we would study about different oils that help to eliminate the stretch marks.
These are primarily due to the stretch of the skin and due to an increase in the level of cortisone.
Due to the rapid increase or decrease in weight.
It can be due to the increase in the level of the cortisone of the skin.
Pigmentation and pliability decrease.
The dermis layer of the skin gets strongly affected due to the prevention of the fibroblasts in the formation of collagen and elastin fibres. These fibres play an active role in the growth of the skin taut.
Stretch marks are common in the areas where there is a good level of deposition of fat and also during pregnancy. The cortico steroid lotions, pills, and related creams serve as a good contribution to the additional use of steroids.
Extensive efforts about the laser treatments, microdermabrasion, are made. Studies are going on for exploring more and more effective efforts for diminishing the stretch marks all over the human body to a great extent.
Carboxytherapy has been tried in this context. But, the effectivity and usefulness of Carboxytherapy in the topic of diminishing stretch marks for all over the human body are highly doubtful even today, though extensive research oriented work regarding carboxytherapy is undergoing now-a-days.
Some essential oils have been found useful to the diminishing effect of the stretch marks because these are herbal extracts which are not at all harmful to the human body if used in effective amounts.
The article includes the elaborate use of essential oils in the context of stretch marks.
Role of Essential Oils in Getting Rid of Stretch Marks:
The main significance of these essential oils is that it tightens the skin, prevents from aging of the skin, removes dryness and moisturizes the skin to heal damaged cells containing the stretch marks.
How to Apply These?
Essential Oils being the most effective natural alternative is very much useful for stretch marks and other dermatological problems.
But, these are highly concentrated usually so it is not advisable to apply them directly. We should mix them with a creams or carrier oil before applying them namely almond, apricot, jojoba, primrose, carrot essential oils.
Now, let us discuss some essential oils that are useful and effective for diminishing the stretch marks present all over the human body.
1. HELICHRYSUM OIL
Helichrysum oil originates from the silver-green aromatic leaves of an evergreen plant. It is known as one of the most effective and useful oil. It is easily available and most everlasting of all the essential oils.
This oil is diuretic, astringent, analgesic, antispasmodic. It is a potent anti-inflammatory essential oil with a fruity smell.
Helichrysum oil serves as a good toner. Actually, for the scientific removal of stretch marks cell division, blood circulation, and skin pigment lightening is very effective.
This oil helps in the removal of the stretch marks from the human body by improving the process of circulation of blood. It also makes more and more cell division which shall give rise to a new fresh dermis layer and thereby as a consequence removes and diminishes the stretch marks.
2. SAGE OIL
Sage oil has its source from an evergreen tree. Leaves of this plant are dried, and oil is drawn out by the method of steam purification.
Sage is mainly effective for the pregnant women. It is one of the most safest essential oil.
Like Helichrysum oil, this oil also has similar therapeutic effects and also an additional effect. It is an antibacterial emmenagogue.
This oil smoothly stimulates the blood flow.
HOW TO USE
You can add few drops of the oil in warm water and use it at the time of bath.
Gently, you can use it for massaging.
This helps in effectively diminishing the stretch marks mainly in the post pregnancy period.
3. ROSEHIP OIL
This oil is extracted from the seed of the fruit of a thorny rose. It is highly rich in fatty acid contents. It is rich in vitamins and also can be used as a source of antioxidants.
The oil is especially rich in vitamin A. It is so gentle to the skin that it can be effectively and readily massaged on the stretch marks present in the body.
It gives the skin new and fresh look by the blood circulation process and prevents from skin damage.
However, it should be used with caution as high use of it may intensify the growth of pimples and acne especially in a sensitive acne prone skin.
4. LAVENDER OIL
Lavender oil is a very effective for diminishing the stretch marks. It has a very calming aroma. Children usually have a tendency of sleeping in this aroma.
The extraction of Lavender oil is from an evergreen plant by the process of steam distillation. It acts as a good toner of the skin by revitalizing the skin.
Being useful in the prevention of the skin from damage and due to its virtue of rejuvenating, it is used as a prime constituent of the creams and the massage oils which are mainly used for the removal of stretch marks.
5. NEROLI OIL
Neroli oil has a very sweet odour. It is extracted from the orange blossoms. In crude forms, it has a very sweet aroma.
While the aroma is excellent in diluted form. Neroli oil prevents from cell damage, revitalizes and rejuvenates the skin and it also fixes the sagging skin. Thereby, diminishing the stretch marks.
It is a very prime constituent in the creams and the massage oils used for the removal of the stretch marks.
6. PATCHOULI OIL
Patchouli Oil prevents the skin from cell damage and scars and recovers the skin very fast.
It helps in speedy stimulation of the regeneration of the tissues and helps in cell division thereby removing damaged and dead skin cells.
Patchouli oil moisturizes the skin, removes stretch marks from the skin and helps to remove the dryness of the skin.
7. CASTOR OIL
Castor oil serves as multiple skin care functions. It removes wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, acnes. In fact, it is the most effective essential oil for the removal of stretch marks.
HOW TO USE
Castor oil finds its most effective use when mingled with almond oil. The mixture is to be blended over the stretch marks areas and left in the skin dermis for absorption over 10 to 15 minutes.
Results are best achieved when the process is repeated for 2 to 3 times a day for two weeks, and this serves most effective in the removal of stretch marks.
8. GRAPE SEED OIL
Grape seed oil is also very effective oil for stretch marks removal. It prevents the skin from cell damage and revitalizes fresh cells. It retains the balance of epithelium cells and nerve cells.
HOW TO USE
It is to be applied two times daily over the affected areas for the best removal results of stretch marks.
9. PURE EMU OIL
Emu oil is very effective in the removal of scars, acne and stretch marks. This oil has a high concentration of linolenic acid and oleic acid.
It penetrates into the skin easily and acts very effectively for the removal of scars, acne and stretch marks.
10. PURE COCOA BUTTER AND VITAMIN E
Vitamin E and cocoa butter serve as the best cure for stretch marks only if the essential oil is 100% pure.
11. Coconut Oil:
Natural oil obtained from the fruits of coconut tree, very widely used for the strengthening purpose of hair roots.
Coconut oil also strengthens skin and enables new skin to grow diminishing the old stretch marks.
12. Chamomile oil:
Full of anti-oxidants and vitamins, it is a must for stretch marks.
13. Carrot Seed Oil:
Carrot seed oil is a very good remedy for the skin.
It helps to treat scars and stretch marks and also it helps to improve skin tone and elasticity. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Apart from stretch marks removal therapy, it is a common ingredient used in recipes for eczema, psoriasis and to balance sebum production.
Carrot seed oil contains powerful antioxidant properties which helps the skin to fight free radicals and improve the skin’s ability to age and heal well.
14. Cedar Wood Oil:
Cedar Wood works well with the skin’s self-maintenance routines. It balances both dry and oily skin conditions and helps to clean the skin of impurities. It also helps to decongest creepy skin tissues and draws out excess fat between the tissues.
The oil is very effective for the healing of stretch marks.
15. Geranium Oil:
Geranium is very effective skin remedy oil. It rejuvenates the skin cells and helps to control sebum production in oily skin. It also helps to keep the skin supple and rejuvenates pale and dull skin. Geranium is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, balancing, tonic, stimulant, and uplifting. It has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system and helps to diminish water retention and also excrete out the toxins.
Geranium effectively improves stretch marks and with its cicatrizing properties, it helps your skin to diminish the marks over time.
Hyssop essential oil is commonly used for wound and bruise healing. But, it is effectively useful for the treatment of stretch marks as usual.
It has antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cicatrizing and rejuvenating properties.
Juniper is a good remedy for the skin. It has detoxifying and cleansing properties and is effective in soothing a variety of skin ailments. It is often used for skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis and is also very helpful for other problems like stretch marks and scar healing.
Rose essential oil helps to tone and lighten the skin. It also helps to improve skin health and elasticity by improving circulation and toning the blood capillaries. Regular use of rose oil has a prominent effect on reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
Myrrh contains powerful healing agents. It is especially useful for certain skin conditions and is widely used to treat a wide variety of disorders which includes chapped or cracked skin, eczema or psoriasis, rashes, stretch marks and scar tissue.
It nourishes mature skin and also reduces the fine lines and wrinkles. Also, helps to promote healthy new skin growth.
20. Jojoba Oil:
Jojoba oil mainly consists of fatty acids as well as fatty alcohol compounds. It is very rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which are known to have anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. When it is used in cosmetic products, these properties promote healthy and flawless skin.
Various studies show that jojoba oil is very effective in preventing stretch marks. It is recommended that the oil is applied on the skin especially on the belly region before they start to appear. This will also allow the skin to become moisturized and elastic which will to avoid the appearance of stretch marks when the mother gives birth to her child.
21. Fennel Essential Oil:
Fennel sweet is among the top essential oils for cellulite due to its ability to eliminate toxins, which are one of the leading causes of building up cellulite. It is commonly preferred by people to be used for weight loss purpose and is known for having a wonderful effect on the body and the skin. It is also known to diminish stretch marks easily.
Some recipes using essential oils for your stretch marks:
Lavender Oil and Lemon:
Put some cocoa butter and beeswax in a vessel and put in on low medium heat till it melts. Then add some amount of primrose oil and coconut oil. After 10 minutes of heating, add lemon essential oil and lavender essential oil. Whisk it continuously till you get a downy texture to the mixture. Store it in a cool place in an airtight container. Massage this cream once before sleeping every day to get rid of stretch marks.
Frankincense, Sandalwood And Lavender:
Frankincense oil is admired worldwide because of amazing tissue healing property and therefore becomes very essential for stretch marks. You can mix 3 drops of all frankincense oil, lavender oil and sandalwood oil and add sesame seed oil to blend in properly and store in an airtight container. Massage it evenly on the affected areas and leave it overnight. You will get new skin in weeks.
Coconut Oil Base:
Coconut oil, as I have mentioned above is a great remedy for the healing of skin and hair tips. It is also very effective in the treatment of stretch marks.
Whip coconut oil continuously till it has got a creamy texture. Then add the essential oils of your choice in it and blend it properly. I would always recommend lavender oil, grape seed oil, and frankincense oil. Store it in an air tight container and is also recommended to keep in a cool place and massage it on the marks whenever you get time.
Rosehip And Lavender:
- 1 teaspoon rose-hip seed oil.
- A teaspoon lotion.
- 1 drop lavender oil.
Mix all the above ingredients and apply to the stretch marks at least twice daily.
Jojoba, Rose, and lavender:
- 5 teaspoon jojoba oil.
- 1-2 drops Neroli oil
- 2 drops rose oil.
- 1-2 drops lavender oil.
Combine all the above ingredients and apply daily once before going off to bed at night.
Many people use this apricot scrub for a faster removal of stretch marks from their skin. Here, I am giving you the recipe of a mask made from apricot that you can apply on your stretch marks daily for at least a month or more.
- Apricots- 2-3
- Lukewarm water.
- Cut the apricots and remove their seeds.
- Crush the fruits to make a paste out of it.
- Evenly spread the above-made apricot paste on your stretch marks.
- Leave for about 15-20 minutes.
- Now wash off with warm water.
- Repeat every day for a month.
Stretch marks are very common in pregnant women. Sometimes you cannot use any ingredient you want because it might get harmful for you are your baby. Therefore I enlist here some of the safe essential oil recipes you can use during and after your pregnancy term to get rid of stretch marks.
Touch of Lavender:
- 30 ml of carrier oil.
- 15 drops of lavender oil.
- 15 drops of geranium oil.
Mix the above oils evenly and massage it every day after a warm shower on the stretch prone areas.
Friends Of Lemongrass:
- Spearmint essential oil.
- Angelica essential oil.
- Lemongrass essential oil.
- Fennel essential oil.
Mix the 30 drops of the above ingredient and apply it in your lukewarm bathwater and take bath in it everyday for good results.
Almond Oil Recipe:
- 30ml of Sweet almond oil.
- 15ml of wheat germ oil.
- 10 drops of borage seed oil.
- 5 drops of carrot oil.
Mix the above ingredients in the right proportions and massage in the areas of stretch marks before going to bed every day.
Chamomile And Lavender:
- Lavender oil.
- Chamomile oil.
Melt the beeswax. Mix 10 ml of chamomile oil and lavender oil each to beeswax. Whisk it till you get a smooth texture and even surface color. Apply it on the marked area of your skin and massage it for at least 10 minutes for good absorption. Do this every night before sleeping.
Nowadays stretch marks are so frequent due to sun rays.
More and more exposure to Sun can lead to stretch marks. Also, the food nowadays are very harmful and fertilizer prone or chemical constituents prone.
We should consume more and more fatty acids, protein rich food, drink lots and lots of water, do exercises for frequent workouts of the muscles and keep our skin moisturized.