Before finding out how to use coconut oil for stretch marks, it's important to understand the basic physiology. Human bodies go through so many transformations during a lifetime that can change size, shape, and sometimes even the skin's appearance. These reddish purple zig-zaggy scars, or tears in the skin, occur when there is a rapid change in weight and thus the surface area of skin.
They are usually related to enlargement of the skin from weight gain or pregnancy, due to connective tissue being stretched beyond its own limits, sort of the way a shirt might tear if someone tried to force it on when it is too small. Bodybuilders sometimes gain weight so rapidly that they appear over areas of large muscle as well. Hormonal changes can also play a role in the appearance of these scars.
They tend to form in places where more fat is stored (or on the belly or breasts during pregnancy). Common sites are abdomens, buttocks, thighs, hips, breasts, underarm and pectoral areas.
What to Expect When Using Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks
With time, these scars will fade from purple or red to mild pink, and eventually a transparent silver or white. In those with darker skin, the scars can appear brown. Either way, with the use of coconut oil for stretch marks, there can be faster, better results.
Using coconut oil for stretch marks can make these unsightly scars fade much more quickly, smooth out, and perhaps disappear altogether. Even better, using coconut oil for stretch marks before they even appear, such as during an entire pregnancy, when losing or gaining weight, or when working out with weights, the scars can sometimes be prevented from forming all together.
How Does Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks Work?
Coconut oil has healing and moisturizing properties that make the skin more supple, more easily stretchable, and more apt to heal. Oil penetrates deep into the layers of the skin; antioxidants promote nourishment, healing and regeneration of some skin cells, which start to camouflage the scars; and anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties keep the scars from getting infections or swelling.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks
The more frequent and generous the use of coconut oil for stretch marks, the better the results. Every person is different, however. There will always be improvement. How great that improvement is depends on overall health, condition of skin, nutritional profile, how severe the scars are, skin color, and when they appeared relative to when treatment started.
- To prevent formation, the oil can be gently but thoroughly rubbed into the at-risk areas three times per day.
- Those who already have scars can use the oil every night before bed, massaging it into affected areas.
- Using an exfoliant beforehand, especially with warm water, will stimulate cell circulation, cell production and healing, likely increasing results of using coconut oil for stretch marks.
- Remaining hydrated, maintaining body weight, reducing stress and eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and essential fatty acids can also help keep skin healthy and smooth.
Other Great Uses
Coconut oil is a highly effective moisturizer for every type of skin, and for the treatment of wrinkles, sagging skin, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.