Last Modified on Jul 17, 2014
A result of the stretching of the skin, stretch marks form as a result of several factors. While the marks are not considered a health concern, many individuals consider the marks a cosmetic concern. A variety of home remedies are effective for treating and preventing stretch marks.
What are Stretch Marks?
Also called striae, stretch marks are generally pink, red or purple streaks that appear somewhat indented and form on the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, buttocks and thighs. The appearance of these marks varies and may also include bright streaks that fade to light pink, white or gray.
Caused by the literal stretching of the skin, stretch marks are generally the result of substantial weight gain. Contributing factors include pregnancy, adolescence, weightlifting, medication use and certain diseases.
Home Remedies for Curing Stretch Marks
While most stretch marks fade naturally over time, home remedies can be applied to speed the fading of these marks. Natural remedies also help prevent future striae by nourishing and strengthening the skin. Coconut oil, vitamin E and shea butter are among the most effective treatments for stretch marks.
Coconut oil is considered a health super-treatment as it is effective for treating so many conditions. The oil contains a high concentration of fatty acids including lauric acid. These fats function to replenish the skin and restore the collagen in the body, which helps diminish stretch marks.
Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that protects and repairs the skin. As an antioxidant, vitamin E neutralizes the effect of free radicals and other collagen-damaging substances on the skin. This vitamin also functions to moisturize and revitalize the skin, reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
Shea butter is an important part of a healthy skin regimen and is particularly effective for treating stretch marks. Shea butter promotes the natural elasticity of the skin with a potent amount of vitamin A. The butter also contains a high concentration of fatty acids and other vitamins including vitamins E and F.
While not a grave medical condition, most individuals affected by stretch marks consider the striations unattractive. Treatments including coconut oil, vitamin E, shea butter and others help naturally diminish the presence of stretch marks by replenishing the skins nutrients.
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[YEA] Rose from PA: "When I first found out I was pregnant I started using pure almond, olive and vitamin E oils I got from the vitamin store. I use it twice a day everyday. I'm 8 months pregnant and I HAVE NO STRETCH MARKS. I also drink a pregnancy tea (1 tbsp ACV, 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses and 1/2 tsp honey with 8oz glass of warm spring water) first thing in the morning. This does wonders for energy, constipation and clears up your complexion and addition helps to stabilize your blood pressure (also your should stay away from hidden sodium foods). God is good. I just love this website. It is very helpful and informative. God Bless"Replies
[NAY] 05/16/2011: Macmommy from Memphis, Tn replies: "i tried the vitamin e oil and id stab the capsules with a saftey pin and rub it on my belly before and after I had my baby and it didnt do anything for me."
05/28/2011: Katie from Prescott, Az replies: "Stretch marks are genetic. If you are genetically predisposed to stretch marks, you can rub everything under the sun and it won't matter. They will show up.
It's a complete bummer, but it's the truth.
Thos of you who rub oils on your belly all pregnancy and "it worked" were not going to get them anyway. Besides, there's no control version of you who didn't use the oil.
Signed, Bitter Stretchmark Bearer"
05/28/2011: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Bitter Stretchmark Bearer,
With due respect, I beg to differ w/ you. First, I hesitate when people make blanket statements that we have no recourse for action due to the fact that "it's genetic". Dr. Gabriel Cousens likened it this way, "Our genetics are like a cocked gun but what we do is what pulls the trigger. " I have to agree w/ that. I believe there are too many factors involved that can change our course in life itself let alone our "genetics".
In regards to this subject, my mom had stretch marks on her body that looked like a road map. She was a woman who was never deterred by feeling "less than" and always wore her two piece bathing suits proudly! I envied her but at the same time dreaded that I would see the same fate. Well, I have no stretch marks and in each pregnancy I diligently slathered my belly and hips and thighs w/ coconut oil/ butter. Now I am not going to say this is the sole reason I did not see the same fate because I have always had an extremely good diet and became aware of dietary health at 19 when I read "Sugar Blues" which had a profound impact on me.
I have 5 children that I bore and gave birth naturally to whom are all healthy and grown now. So, please everyone, never believe that fate has cast the final say..."
05/28/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "No..... Stretchmarks are a sign you have a zinc deficiency.
07/09/2011: Anne from Raleigh, Nc replies: "To: Macmommy from Memphis
In regards to your comment about your mother's genes and how she had stretch marks and you did not. I would like to point out a very SIMPLE fact.... Not all of your genes come from your mother (think grand parents, great unlces and so forth plus some genes are recesive and some are not). So you may just be one of those lucky people who happen to have good skin and therefore aren't really affected by the stretch mark issue. And even though you applied all those ointments on your skin, they only worked to maintain what was already in really good condition.
I have a baby boy and I applied vitamin E oils with shea butter and coconut oils on my body at breakfast, lunch and dinner during and after pregnancy. (I was 5'2' and weighted 115lbs before pregancy and I gained 25lbs during pregnancy... Dramatic change! ) I got stretch marks like a road map. My mother and sister, who is also a mother, don't have stretch marks. The one thing I will say that trully worked to "reduce" the stretch marks after birth is the fact that I got my six pack back - this reduced their size slightly.
The one TRUE cure to completely get the scars out is to wait for them to fade (even with this, they never ever really fade away). Or you could do like the super models and get some plastic surgeon to work on you (also takes time and LOTS of money).
Anne from Raleigh"
08/03/2011: Next Nurse Of America from Mattoon, Il replies: "Stretch marks are not caused by any one thing. Genetics play a role; however overall health, the rate of growth/loss, and supplements all have an effect. Some people are more genetically predisposed to have stretch marks, but say you gain a lot of weight, very quickly (puberty, pregnancy, just general weight gain due to a poor lifestyle) and yet are not at risk genetically to get the scars you could still get them. Even if you are not over weight, in fact, it could be a man (I say this because I know a man this happened to) but if you work out a lot and build muscle too quickly, even that can cause stretch marks. The skin is very flexible, elastic and can take quite the beating, but just like a rubber band, you can only stretch it so far, for so long and so quickly before it is permanently damaged. The only difference is your skin is alive and can heal over time... A long time, but heals none the less. Also, pregnancy robs your body of its nutrient stores leaving the skin more likely to over stretch and be unable to compensate. That is where butters and oils come in; they are to enforce your skin, in a way. They "feed" your skin vitamins and oils that it greatly needs to be highly pliable, or to at least somewhat. Like I said there is more than one factor in place. My mother and sister both have them after having kids, I have not had any yet, but I do have some marks on my hips and inner thighs because puberty hit me like a ton of bricks and then I lost all the weight over my teen years. This left me with some ugly scars but exercising (lightly, mostly cardio and other non-muscle-building exercises such as yoga and Pilates) along with time and a healthy diet and keeping my skin moisturized, I have seen them begin to fade over the years. Just work against those risk factors as much as possible and your CHANCE (keyword ladies) of getting them will be reduced. Just think of them as any other ailment. There are only risk factors, not much is set in stone with the human body.
Hope this was enlightening for everyone! God bless!"
11/17/2011: Amy from Boise, Idaho,usa replies: "I used Shea Butter when I was pregnant with my second child on a reccomendation of a friend and it worked great for me! I started before I started to show and I swear this stuff keeps your skin so moist and supple the stretch marks had no chance to form. Found some great organic shea butter at www.sheaworld.com and I now swear by the stuff. Use as a daily moisturizer and nothing I've bought in the stores works better. Good Luck!
02/20/2012: Maria Y from NY replies: "Let me start off by saying I am in the medical field and have always been told that stretch marks are hereditary. My mother and sister both have stretch marks, but I wasn't going down without a fight, so after reading the reviews on the _____ organic skincare brand, I found the Aloe & Jojoba Cream Therapy and I ordered it online.
I used it throughout my entire pregnancy... EVERY morning and EVERY night. I started using it at about 8 weeks pregnant. I am so happy to inform anyone who is in doubt of this product that I did not get 1 stretch mark!!!! I was so surprised considering that my mother and sister both have them. For those who are wondering, I carried my baby for 37 4/7 weeks with not one stretchie! If you use the product it WILL work!!!"
09/14/2012: Melissa from Anaheim, Ca replies: "I have two beautiful children and like all mothers to be I did it all. The baby oil in the bath tub/with shower. The coco butter. The vit E. sadly not only did I get stretch marks, but I skin ripped. And as I was laying in the hospital bed waiting for my daughter to arrive. The woman accross the room was up moving around. I seen her belly. Not one stretch mark. The kicker to this. She has a two yr old little boy and was prag with triplet girls. Sooo I will have to go with its genetics. But all you wonderful woman out there I still say use the different items out the to keep stretch marks under control."
10/27/2012: Amanda from Cairo, Egypt replies: "Hi, Thanks for putting in the link about zinc and stretchmarks. I have had them from age 12 all over my thighs and then from about 20 my torso. It fits my profile [vegetarian, high cholesterol, IBS, drinks alcohol, lots of cellulite :-(] and I haven't had any kids so its nothing to do with hormones.
Anyway in the advice it says that copper prevents the absorbtion of zinc. I also fit the profile of someone with insufficient copper (grey hair since about 25, now quite white at 46). Thanks to this site I am trying ALL the remedies to lower cholesterol, remove xanthewhatsits above my eye, detoxing with ACV, baking soda, citrus fruit, carrot juice, garlic, sprouting seeds, green tea, linseeds, armfuls of vitamins, kelp, lecithin, nutritional yeast, brown rice, oil pulling etc. Going through a phase of skin eruptions (is that roseacia?) which I hope are a temporary reaction to this blast of health and not just another new problem.
I have (almost) stopped bread, reduced alcohol to 3 - 4 units a week, one coffee a day, soya milk, no cheese, no yoghurt, no fun. I jog 3 - 4 times a week.
I am also trying to eat molasses (copper) - can't get blackstrap in Egypt - to recover pigment in my hair and hope that this wont interfere with the zinc supplements I am taking.
So my questions are: How long is all this (xanthething reduction, cellulite/weight loss, grey hair, stretch marks) going to take? Ball-park
and Any ideas about the zinc-copper conundrum? Thanks in advance for any feedback"
10/28/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky replies: "Amanda: as for the Zinc/Copper relationship, they don't "compete" against each other any more than a man & woman, they are simply bi-polar. They need Balance to function together. Zinc/Copper function together to make a major defense enzyme in the body called Zn/Co Superoxide Dismutase."
10/28/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "*correction*
Zn/Cu Superoxide Dismutase.
I can't say as to proper ratio, but I usually take 3mg Cu w/ 100mg Zn."
10/30/2012: Amanda from Cairo replies: "Thanks - I'll keep on both supps then."
05/26/2008: Kelly from Chicago, IL: "An alpha hydroxy got rid of my stretch marks, even the really old ones. I either just use a lemon and rub it against my skin or Juice Beauty peels."Replies
04/03/2009: Susie from Murrieta, CA replies: "Hi, So just rubbing a lemon on your stretch marks made them go away? That would be a blessing for me. How often did you do it? Did you do anything else along with rubbing the lemon? Thanks, just want to make sure I do it right :)"
05/11/2009: Rondel from Vancouver, BC, Canada replies: "I also would love to hear more about the lemon remedy. I think I'll give it a shot and try to figure it out. It would be a wonderful thing if it worked for me :)"
12/13/2010: Cindy from Austin, Tx replies: "Hey do you cut the lemon in half and rub the inside of the lemon? or you rub the outside of the lemon on your stretchmarks??"
12/14/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "I use a mixture of Olive Oil, Peanut Oil, Lanolin, Camphor, Beeswax. You can look that up and find some companies that make it. It takes a while, 1 year for a scar on my child, and 2 years for my stretch marks on my abdomen, but it works!!"
02/23/2011: Jenn from Manila, A2 replies: "Dear Cindy, I don't think you can get any nutrient from an uncut lemon. So yes, you must cut it."
03/10/2011: Cece from Ehenfeld, Bavaria, Germany replies: "Dear Jenn, the only stupid question is the one that isn't asked. I would rather ask a silly question to make sure I understand than not ask and do something the wrong way. What may seem like common sense to some, it isn't to everyone."
[YEA] 04/13/2013: Amy from Tampa, Fl replies: "Wow!! This really does work!! I just lost a lot of weight recently and was getting concerned because some stretch marks were developing. I used your lemon trick, and they started to disappear before my eyes. Thank you for the simple tip."
[YEA] 02/14/2012: Kbear from Langdon, Alberta: "I have had stretch marks since my pregnancy 13 years ago. I have tried many things and they have not faded even one little bit. The are very deep and dark and purple in color. I stumbled on a remedy for them when I used a castor oil pack to help with a kidney infection. I had the piece of wool saturated in castor oil and applied it to the right side of my abdomen and around my side then I wrapped it in plastic wrap and applied a heating pad to it for about an hour. When I removed it I noticed that the stretch marks on that side were signifigantly lighter in color than the other side of my abdomen. They were a light pink color. I was amazed so I started researching castor oil and there is a lot of info about it on the internet for use in skin care. I started applying a castor oil pack daily with heat for about an hour every day. Within a week the stretch marks were reduced to a very very slight pink color and the wrinkled saggy skin on my abdomen seemed to tighten up a bit as well. It was kind of an inconvenience having to go through all the steps of using a castor oil pack and heating pad for an hour every day so I started just applying a thick layer of castor oil after my morning shower, wrapping that in plastic wrap and putting my clothes on over it and leaving it there as long as possible. This is not noticable under my clothes so I can even go out and run errands and work with this is place, although it took some time to get used to the feeling of it. I have been doing this for a total of 2 weeks and the improvements I have seen are as follows: The marks around my sides, hips and lower back have all faded to white but I have not yet noticed a signifigant reduction in the size. The marks closer to my belly button (about 2 inches surrounding my belly button on either side) are still pink in color but about a 50% improvement in the color since I started. The marks below my belly button have improved in color by about 70%. The wrinkled sagging skin on my lower abdomen has improved by about 50% as well and is signifigantly smoother and tighter. This is truly a miracle as I thought I would have them forever. At this rate I will be proud in a bikini this summer!
On other areas of my body I have been rubbing a mix of 50/50 castor oil with jojoba oil into the stretch marks after my shower and they seem to be fading a bit but these are areas that would not do well wrapped in plactic such as my inner thighs, back of my arms (armpit crease area) and chest.
Other noted improvements I have had using castor oil is as a face wash. I have heard about the oil cleansing method and had tried it with great results but if you follow the directions on some websites it takes forever to do it so instead I just rub the castor oil into my face before I get in the shower, massage for a minute or two and then leave it on while I wash myself in the shower. The last thing I do in the shower is rub my face with a face cloth while letting the water run over it. It is a lot easier than the oil cleansing method found on other websites. The skin on my face has never been so beautiful I've always had problem skin and had moderate acne since I was 12 years old. My face was covered in pimples, blackheads, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, small red veins, overall redness and enlarged pores. Since using the castor oil to wash my face, my pores have reduced almost completely (probably 95%), my blackheads are completely gone, the broken capillaries (or small veins) are reduced by 95% (i only have one tiny visible vein left) and my acne has completely cleared up 100%.
Since the castor oil worked so good on my stretch marks I decided to try something different on my face with the castor oil to see if it would reduce my acne scars, fine lines, crows feet and expression lines across my forehead. So after my shower, I will slather my face with a thick layer of castor oil mixed 50/50 with jojoba oil and cut small pieces of plastic wrap to put over my face (Leaving holes where my nostrils, eyes and mouth are) I even cut small pieces to fit over my eye lids and directly under my eyes as close to my eye as possible. Then I leave this on while I get ready for work or while I am doing housework for about 30 minutes to an hour. After I remove the plastic wrap I just lightly pat it with a clean dry cloth to remove the excess oil and apply my mineral powder over that.
Within 2 weeks of doing this the crepey skin on my upper eyelids has firmed up, my dark circles are completely gone, my acne scars are completely gone with the exception of a small area on each cheek where they are almost gone but not 100% yet. The lines on my lips have filled in and my lips are smooth and plump looking, my crows feet and smile lines around my eyes are reduced to the point where they are only barely visable when I'm actually smiling, , my eyelashes and eyebrows are growing in thicker and darker, the expression lines on my forehead are almost gone (there were three lines before horizontal across my forehead. The one on the top and the one on the bottom are completely gone and the middle one is fading. ) My skin has never looked this good before. Even the over all tone of my complexion is a nice creamy color and I can actually go out with no make up on for the first time in years! A few days ago a new girl at my work said that she is envious of my skin! She said that she always stares at my skin because its so beautiful looking! ME!!! I never though ever in my life I would hear those words. I actually cried, and this girl is 5 years younger than me.
Another added bonus since I started using castor oil on my body and face is that the eczema on my hands has started clearing up and it's almost gone. It's only been 2 weeks!
Sorry for the long essay here but I am just so excited. I want to share this amazing oil with other women who may be suffering from skin conditions like I was and now I am so happy with my skin and my body this is the happiest and most optimistic about my appearance I have ever been in my life. I hope this information can help someone out there as much as it has helped me. God Bless!"Replies
02/14/2012: Susan from New York replies: "I would like to try this fanastic remedy. What kind of plastice wrap are you using? EG: Saran Wrap? Are there any chemical concerned?"
02/15/2012: Courtney from Granite Bay, Ca replies: "Kbear - What type castor oil are you using? Is it the 'regular, old castor oil' that can be purchased anywhere, or is it organic/cold-pressed?
02/28/2012: Harmonious1 from Alamogordo, Nm replies: "To "Kbear from Langdon, Alberta, T0j1x2" Thanks for the information. I am going to try this, for sure. I have used he castor oil packs before.
As I read your post I thought "This gal should be checked out for pyroluria! " The acne, and stretch marks are a clue. At the very least get your zinc/copper ratio checked."
04/20/2012: Ja from Fort Washington, Pa replies: "It's so nice to read this just how thrilled and relieved you are- makes me so happy for you, a stranger : ) Can't wait to try it too!"
06/12/2012: Shivi from California, Usa replies: "Hi kbear.. I have brown skin so wouldnt want the marks to get lighter in colour.. Did the castor oil make them lighter or fade them away?? If anyone else can help too please that would be great :)"
07/26/2012: Ja from Fort Washington, Pa replies: "By the way, wanted to update that I started using the castor oil (50 castor/50 olive oil) on my face. After the first use my pores shrunk and my skin felt amazing, like it has never felt before. While massaging it in, I could feel the grit of the black heads which had popped out. I got the castor oil from rite aid. I now have all of my friends and family using it... Everyone says I should sell it! I havent been consistent enough on my stretch marks but everything I have read says yes!"
07/17/2014: Jennifer from Texas, US replies: "Would you mind sharing what type of castor oil you used? I would like to know what works best. Seems likes there's so many options when I researched it. Thank you in advance!"
[NAY] 09/02/2008: Sam from Mount Holly, NC: "I used palmers cocoa butter for my first pregnancy and have stretch marks on my chest, stomach and thighs. For my second I used vitamin E and the cocoa butter and still got more stretch marks. My sister used nothing for either of her pregnancies and doesnt have noticable stretch marks. We are very similar body types and both gained an average amount of weight. I think a lot of it depends on each individual's skin."
[YEA] 09/19/2007: Jessica from Cary , NC: "I want to let you know, I tried 2 products during my pregnancy to prevent stretch marks. One worked and one didn't although they were the same brand. I used Palmers cocoa all over body butter(on my heiny thighs hips and breasts) it did absolutely nothing. I am currently covered with marks on these areas. I used Palmers Cocoa butter formula tummy butter and I did not get one stretch mark on my stomach. Go figure - I really stretched out there. So, I completey recommend the tummy butter. It's only a few dollars and it lasted my whole pregnancy (applied once a day only on my tummy). The only catch is that is does not absorb very quickly. I hope this info is useful. Unfortunately for me, I didn't know about this website until after I had my baby."
[YEA] 06/25/2011: Lmorgans from St. Paul, Mn: "If you have stretch marks, do not fear, you can get rid of them! I gained a lot of weight this year, and I have been using Mederma for months. I did see some improvement, but I couldn't see Mederma ultimately erasing all of my stretch marks. I have been using raw, hard-pressed coconut oil on my skin daily for two weeks now and my newest stretch marks are already gone. My slightly older stretch marks are rapidly improving.
Raw, hard-pressed coconut oil is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and can be used for makeup removal or for cooking. This stuff is amazing!!! It even aids in anti-aging as it is loaded with antioxidants. It needs to be the raw, hard-pressed oil though. I found some at rms beauty online ($18/bottle) but I'm sure it can be found for cheaper. It will feel really oily at first, but as your skin gets used to it, it will soak into your skin really quickly. You will not be disappointed!"Replies
[YEA] 11/19/2011: Sims from Branson, Missouri replies: "I read this about 2 months ago and started using it on my stretch marks which are 9 years old from having my son, on my belly and they are white... I saw a remarkable difference... I rub in cold pressed coconut oil once or twice a day, always after I shower... I heard it can take months but I see a major difference so I am keeping with it... I am also taking the coconut oil internally for other things and also using it on my face, my crows feet are GONE... I am 33"
[YEA] 10/29/2008: Rebecca from Madison, WI: "I was considered on the worst end of the scale when it came to measuring my stretchmarks. they were horrible, but i have found that rubbin extra virgin coconut oil on them once a day (you dont even have to be religous about it) cures them almost 100 per cent in nine months, i would recommend this to anyone and everyone."Replies
02/19/2010: Dana from Montclair, Ca, Usa replies: "Curious-were your stretch marks old or new?"
[YEA] 11/28/2011: Happyhappyhappy from Port Of Spain, Trinidad replies: "You CAN'T go wrong with coconut oil. It just makes the marks vanish. And I mean any mark!! I'm really psyched about this. I still can't believe that I have perfect skin. Wear it in the morning when you go for a walk or run and it will work together with the sun to give you a weird (in a good way) caramel color. Especially if you're black. I live on an island so we're always in bikini season and I always feel comfortable baring my tushy on the sand. Use it and you won't regret it. Sorry if I came over as over-excited. That's how good it is."
12/09/2011: Lara from Los Angeles, Ca, Usa replies: "Happy, Happy, Happy! How long do you have to use the oil before you notice improvement on the stretch marks!? Thanks so much!"
[YEA] 12/17/2011: Happyhappyhappy from Port Of Spain, Trinidad replies: "I'm so sorry for not replying sooner, I was in the middle of the toughest semester ever. Anyway, I noticed improvements in the first three days. Then I had such high expectations for the treatment that I stopped noticing that it was actually working because I thought that all of the marks should be gone in two weeks. However, by the end of the first month, I realised that some had been completely removed and my faith was renewed. I continued to apply it only at night (it can be a little uncomfortable to sleep in though), and in about three months, maybe before, they were all gone. Hope I'm not too late with my response."
12/21/2011: Melony from Calgary, Alberta replies: "Hi, Happy, Happy, Happy, I was just wondering what color your marks were and if they were older or newer, thank you in advance."
01/09/2012: Happyhappyhappy from Port Of Spain, Trinidad replies: "My stretch marks were older. I had had some of them since I was about 14 years old and I'm 23 now. Most of them had turned white. They were not pretty and it was rather severe. I had problem skin generally, acne and everything, so I thought that I'd have to live with them forever. Then when I got a few behind the knees, I thought they were gonna take over my life. I went all over looking for a remedy, only to have my mom, a nurse, tell me that coconut oil is recommended for pregnant women and that it really works. I'm not saying that you are unjustified in asking. All I'm trying to say is that you need to try it and see for yourself. When you do, just be consistent.
One question though, for the persons who actually try using coconut oil, are you sure that you are getting what you pay for? If you make it yourself and you are lucky, you should get about two ounces of oil from a large coconut. If you attempt to buy it, it may be wise to ask whether you are getting coconut oil, or coconut-scented oil. If you can get it pure, then spare no expense.
Sorry about the essay."
01/11/2012: Melony from Calgary, Ab replies: "Hi happyhappyhappy! Thank you very much for your response! I was curious because we have similar skin tone, thank you for renewing my faith! I will give coconut oil a try : )"
02/05/2012: Gypsyqueen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada replies: "I am 40 and have had stretch marks since I was a teenager. I've never been pregnant and I've never gained/lost a large amount of weight. I think mine are part hereditary and partly me growing quickly as an adolescent. I have been using coconut oil on them religiously for maybe 3 weeks or a little more. Sometimes I think I see changes and other times I think they look the same. People saying they see changes in days, especially those who have had them for years and years... Well this seems almost impossible to me! But clearly people on here have had some real success with coconut oil so I will contiue to use it. After having them for so long it's only realistic to assume it will take a number of months to show results in getting rid of them. I will keep at it and post my results. Fingers crossed!"
03/04/2012: Gypsyqueen from Ottawa, Ontario replies: "Hello! Well I've been using pure 100% coconut oil on my stretch marks since mid-January maybe..... So going on 7 weeks. I am reporting my findings. Well I have to say I have not noticed too much change with them unfortunately. I apply faithfully once a day and quite often 2 times a day. Usually right out of the shower but on occasion in the evening as well. I have switched it up and bought a few different brands but I haven't noticed much change. I have had mine for a long time and they are all that white/silvery colour. I have read about people's successes on here so I will keep plugging away, but if anyone can share more details about their successes that would be great.
What brand did you use? How often did you use it and so on. A lot of people seem to say 3 months and they are all gone. That seems like a dream to me! I guess everyone is different. Anyway I will keep in using it and will keep updating my findings. :)"
03/05/2012: Drak from Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium replies: "Well it is an old practice in our country, India to use coconut oil for stretch marks. We use Mustard Oil and Olive oil also for this."
03/05/2012: Sara from Sacramento, Ca, Usa replies: "Happy Day! How much olive oil and how much mustard were mixed together to make this combination, and how often do you apply it on your skin? Thank you so much and God bless."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/07/2012: Bri from Houston, Texas replies: "Extra Virgin Raw Coconut Oil is VERY good for stretch marks. I just started using it about two weeks ago and t's the best topical I've ever tried for my stretch marks. I also would recommend taking at least one or two tablespoons daily for even better results. Also, go out and purchase the roughest exfoliating tool that you can find and just go to town on the stretch marks until they are REALLY red and painful because in my experiance you need to do more than just apply oil. You need to assist your body by helping to physically remove the marks. Remember: no pain, no gain. And patience is key. The best tip I can give is to just get into a routine and don't stare at your marks everyday to see improvement because the change is too gradual to see and it will get you down. I had really deep stretch marks, they were horrible, but they are drastically improved. It's unreal how much better they look! I won't lie though, they aren't 100% gone but they are getting to that goal. You just have to keep at it. It has taken me over a year so far. I am not stopping until they're gone. This is war! :)"
03/15/2012: Gypsyqueen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada replies: "Thank you for the scrubbing advice! I have keratosis pilaris as well (so lucky!), so I scrub every day anyway... Now I will just scrub my stretch marks as well. I think the coconut oil is slowly helping, but I've had my marks for a long time, so it will take a long time to get rid of them. But they will be gone!"
06/19/2012: Diana from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada replies: "Hi everybody, So I was wondering if anybody knows if I have an allergy to nuts (only when ingested, smell etc. doesn't seem to bother me) if it is ok to try the coconut oil treatment for stretch marks?"
06/24/2012: B from Vancouver, BC replies: "Hi Diana - I am allergic to nuts as well (mostly peanuts and walnuts). Coconut isn't an actual nut (check Wikipedia or just google info about coconuts to confirm). I consume coconut oil and apply it to my skin all the time without problem."
06/25/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "B and Diana, some say that tolerating coconut OIL might not include tolerance for the coconut itself."
07/15/2012: Deanna from Pensacola, Florida replies: "I'm also using coconut oil, I just started using and I am even putting them on old scars from playing on bikes and falling and other outdoor activities that I ended up with a scar. Well I am seeing signifficant amount of difference in appearance. I highly reccomend using this coconut oil 100% organic cooking oil. It went out of date and I thought since I have read to use olive oil from another web site I decided to use this. I found it at a health food store about 25 to 30 $ not bad, but I am a white woman 25 years old with stretch marks and I just found this out and now i'm using it. It's a cooking oil, I put it in the fridge and then pull it out let it thaw some and put it on me. Try it and share your findings with this extra virgin coconut oil 100% organic. You can use it too cook too, but I wouldnt reccomend it if you are putting you hands in the jar and rubbing it on your marks. Put some in a different jar and keep rest for cooking. You don't want skin cells in your cooking oil. Also I find that if you don't scrub then you won't see the redness back. If your into your appearance I reccomend not scrubbing unless their sticking out and built up. Hope this helps like I said post back on your findings."
01/29/2013: Westen from Louisville, Ohio replies: "Gypsyqueen from Ottawa - Just wanted to know if you truly had had succes with the coconut oil. I have started using for about 4 weeks now, and am hoping that it will begin to work within the next few months... although I don't have my hopes up."
05/25/2014: Sarah from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "How old were your stretch marks? Mine are 13 years old."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/14/2012: Prettiwylde from Hobart, Tasmania: "I have 4 kids and had very bad stretch, I use a derma roller available on a popular auction site for around twenty dollars. I use this in conjunction with a vitamin a cream, here in australia it is known as ungvita and is used for nappy rash.
IÂ have been using these for about 6 months and can guarantee all those out there thinking they are stuck with them forever or thinking about lasers or peels that this method works.
Some stretch marks were new, some over twenty years old, and I have seen a 75 percent improvement and will continue to use this method until they are all gone, patience is required as your body needs time to produce new collagen. Please don't despair. Try and you will get results like no other, and I have tried them all, creams, cloths, dermabrasion and peels.
Nothing is as effective at restructuring the skin, and as a mum of four I can tell you I had very bad marks on my tummy, breasts and thighs that are now almost invisible, not lighter in colour, mind-but healed and vanishing. Bless"Replies
07/15/2012: Heather from San Diego replies: "I would love to hear from more people who've used a derma roller for scars stretch marks.
Previous poster said it was cheap on the big auction site but company websites claim theirs are the only effective ones at about $200 for a kit. That seems very, very expensive and painful so I haven't bought one.
Please - anyone out there who has used one, please leave your feedback! It's VERY easy to leave feedback on Earthclinic and they don't spam or anything.
11/25/2013: Pocono from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hi. I purchased a dermaroller for 14.95 on the most popular auction site as directed by women who have posted videos of their success using it. I also have worked in a plastic surgeon's office that was the first to introduce this method. you should never pay more than $20 for the roller itself. None of them are superior. I have first hand experience with the expensive and the cheaply priced rollers they are the same. The only difference you will notice depends on your consistent use, products and the way you heal.
The one I purchased gave directions of rolling 10 times up, 10 down, 10 left, 10 right, 10 diagonal across up both ways in an x formation, for a total of 6 directions.
I have only used mine twice. I'm a bit ticklish and for me the sensation borders on tickling with a slight pain. I covered my skin in cold pressed EVCO. I will try to keep this up 1-2 week for 6 months or until they are gone. A girl who posted a video on the most popular site said that she did it for 6 months and TOTALLY erased her stretchmarks."
05/29/2014: Natalie from Washington Dc replies: "I, as well attest to the wonders that the derma roller has done on the stretchmarks I've had all along my buttocks and hips since puberty. I remember desperately wanting them eradicated back when I was still in college and managed to fade them up to 60 percent, they are barely noticeable now and I can wear a bathing suit without being embarrassed about them. I am going to go back to rolling since it was the only thing that came close to completely erasing them, this time I will be more committed to getting them eliminated, if I managed to erase more than half when I was a college student with little time I am sure I can reach my goal now with a much more flexible schedule. Be sure to use a cream that will help you produce collagen prior to rolling, A good one is Coconut oil or even Vitamin E capsules once you start rolling the cream will go deep into your skin attempting to plump the areas of stretchmarks where collagen was lost. I will keep you posted once I start derma rolling again."
[YEA] 04/14/2012: Samd24 from New York: "After a lost of research into stretch marks, how you get them and how to heal them, I have successfully eradicated over 80% of my marks with a combination of nutrition and topical application. Nutritionally I drink a lot of long-cooked chicken and beef broth from pastured animals, raw egg yolks, coconut oil. Topically, I found that a lot of essential oils can help regenerate skin such as rosehipseed, helichrysum, gotu kola and others. I found a natural stretch mark product that contains these oils along with other plant oils that I used, not sure if I am allowed to mention the name, but it is avishi organics intensive repair oil for stretch marks. So, yes I believe that stretch marks can be healed, I am living proof, our bodies are capable of healing anything in the right environment!"
01/29/2013: Erika8102 from New York, NY: "Hi I am just now reading this, I have been with stretch marks for 5 years now, can you please explain to me the process, I'm very new here I'm a little confused, how many times a day do you do this, and do you heat the olive oil and then put the camphor in? Details would be nice thank you so much."
[YEA] 01/07/2011: Ale from Cardiff, Uk: "I have tried Edgar Cayce's recipe for scars on my 20-year-old stretch marks and, after using it daily for two months, I have noticed amazing results (about 70% gone)! So I will keep using it until they fade completely. The most important ingredient is camphor. Btw, camphor is also what gives Vicks Vaporub its caracteristic smelll... I guess this could the ingredient that makes it work for some people. It didn't work for me, though. So I decided to keep looking until I found this recipe for scars in Cayce's readings:
2 ounces of camphor oil
1 ounce of peanut oil
1/2 teaspoon of camphor
The most difficult ingredient to find was the organic cold-pressed peanut oil. I purchased it online from a natural food store. I had always believed that stretch marks could only be removed by surgery. I was delighted to find out that this is not true!"
01/07/2011: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "I am so happy it worked for you! It worked for me also! I also put it on my face at night - and have minimal wrinkles - as I am 40 years old about to be 41 in Feb. - I have been using Cayce's remedies for approx 25 years! I use Castor Oil plain and I use the peanut oil, olive oil and camphor oils also. I am so glad it is working for you though! Keep up the good work."
01/08/2011: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "Ale, could you tell me the difference between the camphor oil and the camphor in the recipe? Thanks"
01/08/2011: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "Kay,
I think that she means the Camphor crystals. I have them in my medicine cabinet. You can also get camphor oil, which is just camphor crystals dissolved in olive oil. I make my own as it is less expensive. For my scars (that I use to have! ) I use Scargo which is the same as: Camphorated oil 2 ounces, Lanolin 1/2 teaspoon, and Peanut oil 1 ounce. However, it takes a long time to make the new skin grow back - so don't give up!!"
01/12/2011: Ale from Cardiff, Uk replies: "Brooke is right, Kay. It is cheaper to make camphor oil at home by dissolving camphor crystals in olive oil. That's what I did. Just make sure you buy natural camphor and not the synthetic one.
One could easily purchase Camphor oil here in the UK, but I'm not sure that is the case in all countries, due to its toxicity (http://www.ageless.co.za/herb-camphor.htm).
Which makes me wonder, Brooke, how safe it is to use this recipe as a long-term treatment on the face (even though I am sure it delivers impressive results and am dying to try it...)."
01/12/2011: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "The truth is that I have been doing this for approx 1-2 weeks at night with the Scargo oil on my face and yesterday morning I woke up with terrible dryness around my lower part of my face and lips!! So if you are to try this, then I wouldn't do it every night!! Maybe one time a week would be ok - but I am not going to try it again until my face gets back to normal!!"
01/15/2011: Ale from Cardiff, Uk replies: "I tried it on my face last night and this morning I did experience some dryness. I already have pretty dry skin, so I don't think I will try it again. Thanks for the heads-up, though!
Another possibility would be to use it every other day, alternating with the olive oil and myrrh tincture mix that Cayce recommended for scars as well..."
08/22/2011: Katty from Paris, Trinidad replies: "Hi ladies, Thank you so much for posting this. I was very excited to read that you were able to get rid of your stretch marks using this treatment. I have had stretch marks since I was about 12 on my buttocks, and have always felt really self conscious about them, and that I can't wear a bikini etc. I am happy that this worked for you, and I am going to try this myself starting today. It is a remedy I have been aware of for some time now, as I have heard about Edgar Cayce for years from my mum, but I never thought to use them on my stretchmarks! I hope it works for me too! Please email me if you like at katty. Mao(at)hotmail.com. I would love to hear how long it took for you to see results and how often you applied it etc. Have a great day girls!"
10/19/2011: Kel from Yorkshire, England replies: "Hi, please tell me how often you applied this... Very excited to here something finally works... Stretch marks depress me!! Where in England do you buy the ingredients? from x"
[YEA] 06/12/2007: Melissa from Wilburton, Oklahoma: "I am a small framed woman. When I found out that I was pregnant, I immediately began to worry about getting stretch marks. I went to our local health food store and asked the owner what to do. She told me to try orange oil mixed with vitamin E oil. I used a dropper and mixed the two in my hands and rubbed this mixture all over my body. I gained 45 pounds and I DIDN'T GET ONE STRETCH MARK!! This really works, and it smells good too!"
04/01/2011: Jannelle from Rochester, Ny: "This is my first encounter with this website and I for one love all of the helpful information. Now I am 26 years old with 3 beautiful children I also have a ridiculous amount of stretchmarks on my stomach. I tried creams you wouldn't imagine and have spent sooooo much money all for nothing. I need real time solutions please that really work cocoa butter didn't bio oil did nothing I'm getting pretty desperate. Help please I get so self conscious about them had them for 7 years and dnt care how long it takes just want them gone."Replies
04/01/2011: Wishingyouwell from Gentle Earth, Ks replies: "some women have had good results using msm cream. good luck!"
09/13/2009: Maya from Northern, Mi: "Greetings and many blessings,
Please, can anyone discuss stretch mark removal short of plastic surgery?
Sagging skin and stretch marks from pregnancy. Marks are over 10 years old. I understand how to prevent them in the future, but I would like to remove, or even just fade, the ones I have. And, tighten skin a bit.
I bought a needling device to damage skin deeply and regenerate collagen production. There must be deep damage, because skin regenerates frequently, and my marks are not fading. I also have purchased a dermabrasion cloth to speed regeneration by rubbing.
I am considering peels (acids) and/or creams as well. But, it gets so confusing. I am not scared of discomfort to get results. I am also wondering what I can apply after needling to encourage regeneration (colloidal silver, peroxide, ACV, etc). Will also start consuming MSM and ascorbic acid. Please advise.
Thank you so much for all that you do."
[YEA] 09/14/2010: Angel from Flw, Missouri, Usa replies: "Try Castor oil, place castor oil on your stretch marks do not rub it in, the put plastic wrap on it, then for 20 min to 45 min place a heating pad on the plastic wrap, afterwards wipe off. Within a week I noticed results. I have old stretch marks on my breasts, butt, and stomach from having twins. It has improved 50% in 3 weeks. :) Its amazing."
01/10/2012: Diane from Ottumwa, Iowa replies: "Pantothenic Acid. Zinc. Magnesium. B6
Consider supplements, in addition to whatever topicals you wish to use. Zinc, (do not take with calcium), Magnesium, Pantothenic acid and B6. Pantothenic acid will help heal existing stretch marks, but you must compensate by using the other complements of B complex vitamins, especially B-6.
Anecdotally, I supplemented with this while I carried carried twins, full term. I started seeing the red lines of stretch marks forming in my fourth month and I knew it was going to bad. It was my second pregnancy. I don't advise taking anything while you are pregnant, but I was in an absolute panic at the time and this was twenty years ago. Supplementing with Pantothenic acid healed my existing stetch marks, and no new ones formed. Of course this would be even better if you are not pregnant or nursing a child, safer and less to worry about. Pantothenic acid is essential for many biochemical processes but you must buy it in addition to your B complex. It is not usually in the B-complex preparation in enough concentration if at all. Be careful, if you start to get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, (pains in your wrists) just increase your B6 and it will go away in a few days. The Pantothenic Acid is the key, and your body uses it in tandem with B6 which is why you must supplement with B6 also.
Good Luck All."
[YEA] 06/02/2010: Regulator555 from Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa: "Not everyone can prevent stretch marks. However, I massaged my belly, arms, chest, thighs, and rear with 100% pure, organic shea butter everyday. I got as big as a house, but not a mark to be found. I'm certain drinking water also helps."