Is Olive Oil Effective for Stretch Marks?

: April 29, 2015
 
 
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Most women are gifted with soft and flexible skin .It is this quality of female skin which makes it more susceptible to stretch marks. During puberty and during pregnancy skin is stretched beyond limits which results in the formation of these scars .Primarily stretch marks appear in the middle layer of the skin that is dermis. Sudden growth during puberty and during pregnancy the connective tissue is stretched too much due to the expansion and contraction of skin and damages the collagen resulting in the appearance of stretch marks.
 
Stretch marks appear on the abdomen area, thighs, waist, buttocks, and upper arm etc.Though stretch marks mostly occur in females, sudden weight gain can result in development of stretch marks in males as well. It is assumed that stretch marks appear where the supply of vitamins is inadequate.
 
There are several anti mark creams available in the market which claim to reduce the ugly marks but these products are expensive and the harmful chemicals may cause further damage to the skin. Instead there are several natural ingredients which are effective in reducing stretch marks .Olive oil is one of the most important among this group of natural products for stretch marks.
 
Olive oil which is widely used in cooking and also in treatment of several skin conditions. It has moisturizing properties and also helps remove wrinkles. It is a rich source of vitamin E and antioxidants. Vitamin E is very important for making the skin soft and flexibility. The anti oxidants increase the blood supply to the area where the marks have developed making the skin supple.
 
It is important to understand that the stretch marks are being formed in the middle layer of the skin. We apply olive oil to the external layer. Olive oil cannot remove the lines from the dermis. It only reduces blemish from the outside. Prolonged use of olive oil decreases the blemishes further. Our skin can expand only to a certain extent but during pregnancy it expands so much that it looses its flexibility. In this case the lubricating properties of olive oil come into play. It makes the skin smooth so that it expands easily.

Methods of application of olive oil:

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Method1:

  • Warm the olive oil slightly.
  • Apply the lukewarm olive oil to the affected are generously.
  • Massage gently for 5 minutes
  • Leave it for one hour
  • Wash with warm water
  • Follow the remedy daily.
Lukewarm oil is used so that it increases blood circulation to the affected area which will reduce in decreasing the scars. The reason for leaving the oil for one hour is that the vitamins from the oil are absorbed completely by the skin. Noticeable difference can be seen on using this remedy daily for one week.

Method II :

  • Mix olive oil and coconut oil in equal quantities.
  • Apply it to the affected areas
  • Cover this area with a cotton cloth.
  • Use a hot water bag in the area covered with the cloth
  • This will result in opening of the pores of the skin and the oil will be absorbed properly
  • Use this remedy daily
Avoid the harmful expensive anti marks cream .Instead use olive oil to reduce stretch marks. Though it will take time for the changes to appear, it will surely reduce the ugly lines considerably. Slowly but surely the stretch marks will vanish; all you need is a little patience. After all slow and steady wins the race.

AUTHOR

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan born and brought in Mumbai has a degree in Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a wide work experience in various fields...

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