Essential Oils For Stretch Marks

  • Useful Essential Oils

    Which essential oils are effective for stretch marks?


    Helichrysum has traditionally been used for stretch marks. For the greatest effectiveness, dilute it 2% in Rosehip Seed Oil or flax seed oil (10 drops per tablespoon) before applying it to affected areas.

    Learn more about aromatherapy or see our how to use essential oil videos.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.


  • About The Condition

    What Are Stretch Marks?

    According to dermatology, the official name for stretch marks is striae distensae. They are a form of scarring on the skin. Generally they appear with a different hue to the surrounding skin.

    They can form on the stomach, breasts, thighs, hips, lower back or buttocks. Sometimes they are known by different medical names, depending on where they appear.

    What Causes Stretch Marks?

    Stretch marks are caused by tearing of the dermis. The mark may diminish over time but it will not disappear completely.

    Often stretch marks occur due to rapid growth or rapid weight changes (e.g. pregnancy). They may also be influenced by hormonal changes. For example, Cortisone — a hormone produced by the adrenal glands (and in some medications) — weakens elastic fibers in the skin, making stretch marks more extreme.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.

  • Other Treatments

    What Are Conventional Medical Treatments For Stretch Marks?

    Research has, for the most part, not confirmed any evidence that 0.1% tretinoin (all-trans-retinoic acid) creams designed to prevent stretch marks actually work.

    Some have found that the appearance of stretch marks can be improved by laser treatments, fractional laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, tummy tucks, 20% glycolic acid and 10% L-ascorbic acid with zinc sulfate and tyrosine and prescription retinoids. However, prescription retinoids cause malformations in fetuses in animals, so their safety during pregnancy is questionable. And, as with all major surgery there is the risk of death.

    What Are Alternative Treatments For Stretch Marks?

    Over the ages, many remedies have been traditionally used to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. For example, the ancient Greeks and Romans used olive oil. The Ethiopians and Somalians used Frankincense essential oil. Others have found applying castor oil useful. Other approaches include: taking thiosinaminum (a homeopathic medicine made from mustard seed oil); applying seaweed wraps, glycolic or fruit acids to the skin; and various homeopathic creams.

    Research on the effectiveness of such treatments, where available, has shown mixed results.

    Of course, essential oils traditionally have also been used for stretch marks. See the Useful Essential Oils tab for details.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.


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