Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks

The stretch marks occur on the skin when the middle layer of the skin tears as it gets stretched extensively during pregnancy or even when you gain more weight during a short span of time.

This skin condition affects both men and women. When it occurs, it gives an ugly and unsightly appearance to the skin. Often it makes you conscious, particularly while wearing certain types of dresses.

It appears mostly on the hands, hips, legs, abdomen, breasts, underarms, back, thighs, hips, arms.

But do not worry if you are suffering from this skin condition like many others because we have brought one magic ingredient for you. Yes, you guessed it right! It is coconut oil for stretch marks.

This one ingredient has been showering its wonders on your skin since ages. In the same way, coconut oil works great to remove the stretch marks from your skin. With skin healing, repairing and moisturizing properties, coconut oil reduces the stretch marks effectively.

The saturated fats in coconut oil make the cell walls stronger. Due to its antioxidant properties, it fights the free radicals, thus fades the stretch marks gradually and effectively.

Apart from fading the stretch marks, coconut oil also hydrates the skin and keeps it soft. And the best part is that it is available at home and in abundance.

Is Coconut Oil Good for Stretch Marks?

Before going to know about the remedies that use coconut oil for stretch marks, it is better to know the goodness of coconut oil for it. We should also know about the properties, vitamins and mineral content in the coconut oil, which help to fade the stretch marks effectively.

Apart from that it also works great as a moisturizer heals burns and many other skin-related diseases.

Let’s read on to know about the contents of coconut oil that make it so useful to remove the stretch marks.

  • Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutrients: The presence of vitamins, minerals and nutrients in coconut oil help feed your skin and helps in repairing the damaged skin.

The Vitamin E, K, and iron content of coconut oil increase new cell generation on the skin, which ultimately helps to remove the stretch marks.

  • Lauric Acid: This component of coconut oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which promotes the healing process of stretch marks and helps fight the bacteria.
  • Fatty Acids: This component of coconut oil helps to moisturize your skin thus helps to diminish the stretch marks. Its application also hydrates the skin, which fastens the process to fade the stretch marks.

How to Use Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks at Home

After knowing all the goodness of coconut oil for stretch marks, now you must be curious to know how to use the coconut oil to reduce those unsightly stretch marks from your skin.

Let’s go through the home remedies one by one that has used coconut oil to fade the stretch marks effectively.

Note: Coconut oil works great when you apply it on the stretch marks after taking a bath as the skin pores get open after the bath and allow the coconut oil to get absorbed by the skin well.

Another amazing fact about coconut oil is that as it gets easily absorbed by your skin and does not leave a greasy feeling to the skin.

Does coconut oil help remove stretch marks? You will definitely get the answer to this question after using the home remedies that are mentioned below.

Method 1: Coconut Oil Salve for Stretch Marks

Things you need:

  • Coconut oil  – ¼ cup
  • Shea butter  – ¼ cup
  • Apricot kernel oil  – 3 tbsp
  • Calendula flowers (optional) – 1 tbsp
  • Dried ginger root – ¼ tsp
  • A bowl
  • A double boiler
  • A wire mesh
  • A glass jar

Things you should do:

  1. Take 1 tbsp of calendula flowers, ¼ tsp of dried ginger root and 3 tbsp of apricot kernel oil in a bowl.
  2. Mix all the ingredients well.
  3. Place the mixture in a double boiler over a pan of water.
  4. Bring it to a simmer and let it heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Strain to remove the herbs using a wire mesh or cheesecloth and obtain the infused oil.
  6. Make sure that you to have 2 tbsp of this infused oil.
  7. Place the oil in the double boiler.
  8. Now add ¼ cup each of shea butter and coconut oil to it.
  9. Heat it until the butter melts completely, and stir all the ingredients well with the help of a spoon.
  10. Remove it from heat and store in a glass jar.
  11. Apply this mixed oil on the stretch marks at least 2 times daily to fade them gradually.

Note: You can use this during and after pregnancy as well and experience yourself how does coconut oil help stretch marks to disappear.

Method 2: Direct Application of Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks

Coconut OilThings you need:

  • Coconut oil  – as per the requirement

Things you should do:

  1. Take some coconut oil in your hand and apply it on the stretch marks layer after layer.
  2. Massage it till all the oil get absorbed by the skin and there is no greasy feeling on the skin.
  3. Apply coconut oil 2-3 times a day to see your stretch marks fading away gradually.

Method 3: Coconut and Tea Tree Oil for Stretch Marks

Things you need:

  • Coconut oil – 4 tbsp
  • Tea tree oil – 3 to 4 drops

Things you should do:

  1. Mix 4 tbsp of coconut oil with 3-4 drops of tea tree oil.
  2. Apply this mixed oil on the stretch mark affected area.
  3. Use this remedy daily twice or thrice to remove stretch marks effectively.

Method 4: Coconut Oil and Sugar Scrub

Things you need:

  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp
  • Sugar –  2 tbsp
  • Vanilla oil – 3 to 4 drops

Things you should do:

  1. Melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil and add 2 tbsp of sugar to it, and mix well.
  2. Now add 3-4 drops of vanilla oil to it and mix the ingredients well.
  3. Massage this oil on the stretch marks gently for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with normal water.
  5. Follow this process twice daily to see good results on your stretch marks.

[Also Read:How to Get Rid of Pregnancy Stretch Marks]

Method 5: Homemade Coconut Oil Soap to Reduce Stretch Marks:

Things you need:

  • Coconut oil – 59 ml
  • Natural soap -1
  • Molds – 2 to 3
  • Dried rose petals– 10 to 15
  • Rose geranium essential oil – 3 drops
  • A double boiler
  • Soap molds

Things you should do:

  1. Take the natural soap and grate it with a cheese grater or salad shooter.
  2. Sprinkle 1-2 ounces of coconut oil on it.
  3. Heat this in a double boiler.
  4. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  5. When liquefied, remove it from the heat.
  6. It should look lumpy and translucent.
  7. Add 10-15 dried rose petals and 3 drops of rose geranium essential oil to it.
  8. Stir to get the desired consistency.
  9. Pour the soap mixture into the molds of your favorite shapes.
  10. Allow the soaps to become cool by placing them in the freezer for up to 1 hour.
  11. Then remove the soaps from the mold.
  12. Allow the soap to dry for 3-4 days.
  13. You can start using it during your bath to ensure your stretch marks go away faster.

Method 6: Organic Coconut Oil and Lime Body Cream

Things you need:

  • Organic coconut oil – 200 ml
  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh aloe vera gel – 2 tbsp
  • Lime essential oil – 20 drops
  • Lemon essential oil – 20 drops
  • A mixing bowl
  • An electric mixer
  • An airtight jar

Things you should do:

  1. Take all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix all the ingredients with an electric mixer for 5-7 minutes until you get a light and whipped cream like texture.
  3. Pour the whipped mixture to an airtight jar and cover it.
  4. Place the jar at room temperature or in the fridge (use the fridge only when coconut oil melts at the room temperature).
  5. Apply this cream 2-3 times daily to get the amazing effects of organic coconut oil on stretch marks.

Method 7: Coconut Oil Body Butter

Things you need:

  • Shea butter – ½ cup
  • Jojoba oil – ¼ cup
  • Coconut oil – ¼ cup
  • Lavender essential oil – 5 to 10 drops
  • A double boiler
  • A glass jar
  • A glass bowl

Things you should do:

  1. Take ½ cup of shea butter, and ¼ cup each of coconut oil and jojoba oil in a glass bowl.
  2. Mix all the ingredients well and place the bowl in a double boiler.
  3. On medium flame heat and stir the oils together until they melt and combine with each other.
  4. The blend of all these oils will go from white to semi-clear.
  5. Now, refrigerate this for 1 hour till it solidifies.
  6. Take it out and with a handmixer beat the oils until they look like a whipped cream.
  7. Add the lavender essential oil to it.
  8. Beat it again to mix it well.
  9. Fill it in the glass jar container.
  10. Refrigerate it once again for 1 hour.
  11. Now it’s ready to use.
  12. Apply this body butter every day at least once and say goodbye to your stretch marks.

Note: This is very effective when used after a scrub.

Method 8: Coconut Oil Skin Polish

Things you need:

  • Coconut oil – 2 cups
  • Almond oil – ½ cup
  • Lavender oil – 10 drops
  • Cornmeal – 1 cup
  • A pan

Things you should do:

  1. Take 2 cups of coconut oil in a pan and bring it to the molten state by warming it in medium flame.
  2. In another vessel take ½ cup of almond oil and 1 cup of cornmeal.
  3. Blend them both with a hand mixer.
  4. Add 10 drops of lavender oil to the almond oil and cornmeal mixture.
  5. Now, add coconut oil to this and mix it well with a spoon.
  6. Let it stay as such for 1 hour.
  7. Apply it on the stretch marks and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes.
  8. Wash off with normal water.
  9. Follow this remedy at least once in a day to fade the stretch marks effectively.

Method 9: Organic Coconut and Rose Essential Oil

Things you need:

  • Organic coconut oil – 1 cup
  • Rose essential oil – 10 drops
  • A glass jar

Things you should do:

  1. Warm 1 cup of organic coconut oil in a low flame.
  2. Add 10 drops of rose essential oil to it.
  3. Mix both the oils well with a spoon.
  4. Let this mixed oil stay as such for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Fill it in a glass jar.
  6. Take the required quantity of this mixed oil and apply it on the stretch marks.
  7. Massage it gently for 30 minutes.
  8. Using this remedy daily will fade the stretch marks effectively.

[Also Read:How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks On Breasts]

Method 10: Organic Coconut Oil with Cane Sugar

Things you need:

  • Organic coconut oil – 1 cup
  • Cane sugar – 1 cup
  • A container

Things you should do:

  1. Take 1 container and warm 1 cup of organic coconut oil in it.
  2. Add 1 cup of cane sugar to it.
  3. Now let the mixture become cool.
  4. Apply the mixture on the stretch marks while it is in the liquid state.
  5. Massage it for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Follow this process once in a day to fade the stretch marks.

Method 11: Organic Coconut and Avocado Oil

Things you need:

  • Organic coconut oil – 2 cups
  • Avocado oil – ½ cup
  • Cornmeal – ¼ cup
  • A container
  • A glass jar

Things you should do:

  1. Take 2 cups of organic coconut oil in a container and make it warm.
  2. Now, whip a ½ cup of avocado oil.
  3. Add the whipped avocado oil and ¼ cup of cornmeal to the molten coconut oil.
  4. Mix all the ingredients well.
  5. You can store this mixed oil in a glass jar for further use.
  6. Take the required quantity of this mixed oil and massage it on the stretch marks for 15 minutes.
  7. Use this home remedy at least once in a day to get rid of those ugly stretch marks.

Method 12: Organic Coconut Oil with Sugar, Lemon Juice, and Vitamin E

Things you need:

  • Organic coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • White sugar – 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Vitamin E capsule – 1
  • A glass bottle
  • A soft bristled brush

Things you should do:

  1. Take 1 glass bottle and put 1 tsp white sugar to it.
  2. Add 1 tbsp each of organic coconut oil and lemon juice to it.
  3. Pour out the Vitamin E capsule into the same glass bottle.
  4. Now mix all the ingredients well and keep it in the fridge.
  5. Take some of this mixed oil and apply it on the stretch marks.
  6. Use a soft bristled brush to rub the affected area gently.
  7. Use this remedy before going to bath every day to remove stretch marks effectively.

Method 13: Coconut Oil with Turmeric

Things you need:

  • Organic virgin coconut oil – 1 cup
  • Turmeric – 4 inches long
  • A mixer grinder
  • A container
  • A glass jar

Things you should do:

  1. Soak the turmeric overnight.
  2. Next day morning make a paste of it with the help of a mixer grinder.
  3. Take 1 cup of virgin coconut oil in a container and make it warm in low flame.
  4. Add the turmeric paste to it and see to it that turmeric does not burn.
  5. After 5 minutes, remove it from the flame and let it cool down.
  6. Once it becomes cool, store it in a glass jar.
  7. Take the required amount of this paste and apply it on the stretch marks.
  8. Leave it for 30 minutes.
  9. Wash off with normal water.
  10. The application of this mixture not only helps to fade the stretch marks but also treats other skin infections.
  11. Apply this paste daily before going to the bath to get effective results against stretch marks.

Note: Don’t heat the oil too much before adding the turmeric paste otherwise the turmeric paste will burn and lose its effect.

Method 14: Organic Coconut Oil and Beeswax Bar

Things you need:

  • Organic coconut oil – ¼ cup
  • Mango butter – 1 cup
  • Shea butter – 1 cup
  • Beeswax – 1 cup
  • Grapeseed oil – ¼ cup
  • Infused  essential oils (Take 1 tsp each of lime, lavender, and grapefruit oil and mix)– 2 drops
  • Vitamin E oil – 2 drops
  • Rosemary oil– 3 drops
  • A double boiler
  • Molds – as per the requirement

Things you should do:

  1. Take 1 cup each of mango and shea butter in a double boiler.
  2. Use low heat to melt the ingredients.
  3. Add 1 cup of beeswax to it.
  4. Keep stirring till all the ingredients melt down and mix well.
  5. Add ¼ cup each of organic coconut and grapeseed oil to it.
  6. Stir it well for 1 minute and remove the mixture from the heat.
  7. Transfer it to a container.
  8. Add the Vitamin E oil and 2 drops of infused essential oil to it.
  9. Mix all the ingredients well and pour the mixture into the molds.
  10. Pour the mixture into the molds.
  11. Allow it half an hour to become cool at the room temperature (during summers, you might need a fridge to cool it down).
  12. Your bars are ready now.
  13. Take out the bars from the molds and use it while taking a bath daily to see incredible results of fading the stretch marks.

Method 15: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Arnica Salve

Things you need:

  • Organic virgin coconut oil – 2 cups
  • Dried arnica montana flowers  – 6 ounces
  • Beeswax – ½ cup
  • Peppermint essential oil – ¼ tbsp
  • Lavender essential oil – ¼ tbsp
  • A crock pot or a double boiler
  • A cheese cloth.
  • A glass jar

Things you should do:

  1. Use hands to crush the dried arnica montana flowers.
  2. Take 2 cups of organic virgin coconut oil either in a double boiler or in a crock pot.
  3. Add the crushed dried arnica montana flowers to it and let it steep in the coconut oil for 12- 24 hours.
  4. Make sure that the arnica flowers stay submerged in the coconut oil all the while.
  5. After 12 hours turn off the heat and let it become cool.
  6. Strain the oil with the help of cheesecloth and store it in a glass jar.
  7. Place the filtered oil again in the double boiler and turn the heat low.
  8. Add ½ cup of beeswax and let it melt completely.
  9. Remove the mixture from the heat.
  10. Next, leave it for half an hour to become cool.
  11. Add ¼ tbsp each of peppermint and lavender essential oil to it and stir it well.
  12. Transfer the mixed oil to a glass jar.
  13. Use this remedy once or thrice a day to fade the stretch marks considerably.

The Best Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks

The use of coconut oil lets you avoid the application of any kind of chemical laden moisturizers, thus making it a great choice even for the women who are pregnant.

Nowadays everyone is hunting for what is called organic. The product is called organic when it is obtained without the use of any kind of chemical fertilizer, pesticides, or any other artificial chemicals.

Let’s have a look at the best available coconut oils, such as refined, virgin, extra virgin, organic, RBD, liquid, hydrogenated, expeller-pressed coconut oil that you can use to treat stretch marks.

  • Virgin Coconut Oil: It is a form of coconut oil, which is produced by using fresh coconut. The term virgin is used for least refined coconut oil. Loaded with antioxidant properties, it stands 3rd to be used to fade stretch marks.
  • RBD Coconut Oil: RBD (Refined, Bleached and Deodorized) coconut oil is a copra-based coconut oil.  The refining process removes some of the nutrients of RBD coconut oil.

Note: Now you might be thinking what is copra, then this is to inform you that the term ‘copra’ is used in industries for referring to dried coconut that has been removed from the shell. Copra is obtained by several methods like smoke drying, sun drying, kiln drying, or may be a combination of all these methods. At this stage, copra is still not attained a stage suitable for consumption.

  • Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil: It is RBD oil, but its refining procedure is much cleaner than the chemical procedure. It stands 4th due to its effectiveness to treat stretch marks.

Note: This is the least expensive oil and is available across the globe. They are produced in tropical countries where refining of copra is done physically.

  • Coconut Oil: It is available in the market without any description and is again an RBD coconut oil but is produced with a solvent (a chemical). This stands 5th if you are considering it for stretch marks removal.
  • Liquid Coconut Oil: It does not have lauric acid as the same has been removed during its production and stands 6th for its effectiveness to fade the stretch marks.
  • Hydrogenated Coconut Oil: It is not considered that great as a few unsaturated fats in it get converted to trans fats. It stands 7th when it comes to the removal of stretch marks.

Note: The hydrogenation is done to ensure that the coconut oil still stays in solid form even in high temperature, which is ideally used while preparing margarine, candies, and even baked goodies.

  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: It is derived by pressing the oil out of the dried coconut. The coconut meat when dried is pressed to obtain the oil. The quality of this coconut oil is better than RBD coconut oil.  This oil stands 2nd in terms of its effectiveness to treat stretch marks.
  • Wet-Milled Virgin Coconut Oil:  It is extracted from the fresh coconut meat without drying it. Coconut milk is obtained first by pressing the wet coconut meat.

The oil is then separated from the water by using methods like fermentation, boiling, refrigeration, enzymes and mechanical centrifugation.

This procedure makes it the greatest choice of all the available coconut oils for stretch marks. So, it stands 1st amongst all the options and considered great for treating stretch marks efficiently.

Note: Coconut oil can be extracted by using a coldpressed mechanism that means oil is obtained by a mechanical process of pressing out the oil. Cold pressed coconut oil has a lower amount of antioxidants in it than the hot pressed coconut oil.

Do’s and Don’ts while Using Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks

  • Do a patch test before applying coconut oil to the skin if you are allergic to it. Don’t consume if you are pregnant as you might face digestive issues.
  • Don’t let the oil get into your eyes.
  • Apply this oil to the freshly washed face or body as a moisturizer to get maximum results.
  • Take a spoonful of coconut oil for added dietary fiber that aids in the prevention of several other skin issues.

By now, you know most of the benefits of coconut oil for stretch marks and have also learned how to use it at home. Do not delay to start using it if you have those ugly stretch marks on your skin.

The healthy way of using coconut oil for stretch marks can change your life in many ways that may invite compliments from others.

Say goodbye to those stretch marks forever by using the coconut oil.  Keep using coconut oil for stretch marks to create a new you and fall in love with yourself every day.

Hey all, I am Suzanne, I love collecting new information on natural cure for health ailments. I always feel that nature has remedies for all our health problems, we just have to use it in the right way. I am DIY pursuer and thus keep trying natural things to get rid of nasty diseases. You will be amazed to know about the treasure mother earth has and how it can help us improve our health. Join me in a journey which take you closer to nature and keep you healthy.

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