The Best Essential Oils for Stretch Marks – Before and After

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One thing that most moms dread as they go through pregnancy is the potential that they’ll develop stretch marks.What are the Best Essential Oils for Stretch Marks

To reduce your chances of getting stretch marks, it’s best to use some kind of topical treatment on your skin. Personally, I prefer natural remedies or essential oils whenever possible, because they actually work better and I don’t have to worry about the side effects from harsh chemicals.

I’ve had dozens of people ask me what the best treatment for stretch marks is and, in working with other moms during their pregnancies as well as what I do for myself, I’ve tried several stretch mark treatments. The ones I’ve been the happiest with are carrier oils mixed with essential oils.

Below I’ve put together a list of what I feel like are the best essential oils for stretch marks.

I used to use carrier oils alone, but when I started using essential oils in my home, I tried a couple mixtures with some of my favorite oils and actually noticed quite a difference.

What Causes Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Stretch marks are common during pregnancy because of the sudden weight gain and because your skin stretches quite a bit to make room for your growing baby.

Some people think it’s only your stomach you need to worry about stretch marks forming, but they actually can develop just about anywhere on your body. They can form on your legs, behind your knees, your hips, stomach, breasts, arms and more. I’ve even seen them develop on people’s feet when they became swollen.

Stretch Marks During PregnancyIf your skin isn’t well hydrated and you aren’t using some kind of topical treatment to prevent stretch marks, your chances of getting them are much higher.

You may have been told that there’s nothing you can do to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy and that some people will just get them while others won’t.

In my experience this just isn’t true and every time I hear it, it bothers me. I don’t like hearing there’s nothing moms can do especially when I know there’s a lot that can be done!

I’ve worked with enough moms during their pregnancies as well as tried things throughout my own to know what does and doesn’t work.

Where is the Best Place to Get Essential Oils

I mentioned earlier that I used to only use carrier oils like olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and jojoba oil alone without essential oils.

The reason for this is because I always felt like essential oils were too expensive for me to use in my home. I also wasn’t convinced that they really worked.

I started using them regularly after several very positive experiences with them and after I found a place to get high quality, organic oils for a third, sometimes a fourth, the cost most distributors sell them for.

You can get cheap oils from Amazon but I would strongly advise against it because a lot of people take advantage of their popularity and sell diluted oils at a discount price. It’s impossible to know if the person you’re buying from has the real oils or a diluted version.

It’s always best to buy them directly from the distributor.Get Essential Oils for Cheap

I personally love Mountain Rose Herbs Essential Oils because I’ve used them countless times in my home, they work phenomenally well, and most, if not all, their oils are sold for a fraction of the price you’ll find anywhere else.

I’ve tried several brands of oils and after a significant amount of research into a few distributors, the two I narrowed it down to as my top picks were doTerra oils and Mountain Rose Herbs oils.

I’ve gotten great results with both, but I couldn’t stomach the cost of doTerra oils, especially when I got the same great results at a fourth the price with Mountain Rose Herbs. Some of the oils I’ve listed below are as cheap as $4.00 a bottle.

What Are the Best Essential Oils for Stretch Marks

The oils I’ve listed below aren’t the only oils you can use for stretch marks but they are definitely some of the best ones! Keep in mind that these oils are very concentrated and it’s best to always mix them with a carrier oil of your choice before you use them.

Carrot Seed – Comes from carrot seeds and is extracted Carrot Seed Essential Oil for Stretch Marksthrough steam distillation. It is used to treat scars, reduce fine lines, and, improve skin tone and elasticity. This oil is actually used in a number of topical skin treatments for conditions like wrinkles, acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Mixes well with Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Geranium, and Citrus Oils. This shouldn’t be used while you’re pregnant or nursing.

Cedarwood – This oil comes from cedar wood and is extracted through Cedarwood Essential Oil for Stretch Markssteam distillation. It works with all skin types from oily to dry to balance the skin and clear it of any impurities. Mixes well with Patchouli, Rose, and Vetiver Oil.

Frankincense – Comes from the dried sap of the Boswellia Sacra tree. Itis obtained by cutting the bark and letting the sap inside stream out and harden.It is by far, one of the best essential oils you can use to heal scars and prevent new ones. It has been used for years to treat numerous ailments, not just skin conditions. Mixes well with  Bergamot, Cinnamon, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, and Vetiver oils.

Geranium – This oil comes from the flowers and leaves of the Geranium Essential Oil for Stretch Marksgeranium plant and is extracted through steam distillation. It  is an excellent essential oil to use for skin treatments. Geranium oil revitalizes skin cells, helps to heal collagen, and increases your skin’s elasticity. This makes it very useful in both preventing stretch marks and healing/fading existing ones.Mixes well with Bergamot, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Patchouli, and Rose Oil. This shouldn’t be used while you’re pregnant.

Helichrysum – Comes from the flowers of the helichrysum Helichrysum Essential Oil for Stretch Marksplant. It is extracted through steam distillation. I use this oil for much more than treating my skin. It’s one of my go to oils during postpartum recovery to help with bleeding/hemorrhaging, c-section incision, and sore nipples. It’s skin healing properties include tissue and cell regeneration as well as promoting new growth. It nourishes your skin and improves its elasticity. Mixes well with Bergamot, Citrus Oils, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, and Vetiver Oil

Jasmine – Comes from jasmine flowers and is solvent extracted. Jasmine Oil is typically used for a number of skin conditions. It can be used on oily and dry skin. It helps to hydrate your skin and increases its elasticity. Mixes with Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli, Patchouli, and Rose Oil. This shouldn’t be used while you’re pregnant or nursing as it can significantly reduce your milk supply.

Lavender – Comes from the flowers of the lavender plant and is Jasmine Essential Oil for Stretch Marksextracted through steam distillation. It is commonly used to treat skin conditions like cellulite, dark spots, rashes, and acne. It also helps to reduce the look of stretch marks and rejuvenates your skin. Mixes well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon, Patchouli, Rose, and Vetiver Oil.

Neroli – Comes from the blossoms off a bitter Neroli Essential Oil for Stretch Marksorange tree and is  extracted through steam distillation. Neroli oil is one of the best oils you can use to help your skin regenerate and to heal scarred tissue, including stretch marks. Mixes well with Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, and Rose Oil.

Patchouli – Comes from the leaves of the patchouli plant and is extracted through steam distillation. Works to repair damaged tissue, enable cell regeneration and also promotes new cell growth. Mixes with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, and Rose Oil.

While all of these work well to treat stretch marks, the ones I use most often are the following five oils: Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, and Neroli.

I don’t use these because they’re better than other options, but because I actually bought them for other purposes and later found that they do a great job of treating stretch marks and other skin conditions as well. That means I get more out of them 🙂

How Can You Get the Best Results from Your Stretch Mark Treatment

I’ve found that it takes more than just applying oils, creams, or other stretch mark treatments to the areas of concern.

In order to get the best results possible from whatever you’re using to treat/prevent stretch marks, you should make sure you’re doing the following 3 things:

Stay Hydrated: Your skin is more prone to tearing and loses its elasticity when you don’t drink enough water. You should be drinking at least 8-10 glasses a day. I actually aim for 13-14 myself but that took some time to work up to.

Get Your Sleep: While you’re asleep is when your body focuses on healing and building itself back up. If you aren’t getting enough of it, your body is more likely to break down.

Eat Well: It shouldn’t be a surprise that your skin’s health is dependent on what you eat. Too much sugar and processed foods weakens not only your body, but your skin. If you focus on eating a good variety, your body has the nutrients and vitamins it needs to prevent/treat stretch marks.

What do you think of these essential oils for stretch marks? Have you tried any of them yourself? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
-Jessica

Jessica Camden

Welcome to Your Post Baby Body! I'm Jessica and have been blessed with 3 beautiful little boys, Conner, Jackson, and Jayden. I've learned throughout each of my pregnancies that building your post baby body can be quite difficult. I've learned what works and what doesn't, where to start, and how to build up. My dream is help other moms get the post baby body they want through diet, exercise, and natural remedies!
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12 comments

  1. Kelsey says:

    Hi, could you help me. I have stretch marks on the inside of my thighs. I’m not so much worried about them cause they aren’t that noticeable but I would like to try to maybe make them not so visible. I’m very uncomfortable with my body so my question is what do I use to try to prevent stretch marks on my stomach( if and when I decide to have a baby) and what do I use while pregnant.

    • Hi Kelsey,
      There are quite a bit of options out there to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. Everybody is different and what works for some doesn’t always work for others. To get the best results from any stretch mark treatment you should make sure you’re staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. This will keep your skin healthy and allow it to better use any creams, oils, or lotions that you use to prevent stretch marks.
      Some of my favorites are these here.
      I also really love using essential oils. I mix it up and use some of the creams from above some days and essential oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil, shea better, or olive oil.

      Combined with a good diet and exercise plan, these will help quite a bit to prevent stretch marks from forming throughout your pregnancy.

      -Jessica

  2. Angel says:

    What is the best way to use essential oils? And if I use multiple ones, how do I use them together? So I could start a routine.

    • It depends on what you want to use them for. If you’re using them for stretch marks, it’s best to use them with a carrier oil because many of them are too concentrated to be used directly on the skin. Some of them work very well when used together so above I’ve listed oils that work the best when used together. I like to make a mixture that has a carrier oil or shea butter with 10-15 drops of the essential oils I’m using.

      -Jessica

  3. Scarlet says:

    Used Dermalmd stretch mark serum through the last 4 months of my pregnancy and my skin felt so soft, and didn’t itch. It was recommended I continue using 3-4 months after having the baby so stretch marks don’t occur after pregnancy, either.

  4. Blame says:

    My wife just delivered her baby four months ago. In fact, five months is coming up. She always looks in the mirror and wonder when her stretch marks will go away. Of course, I reassure her everyday that will be fine, because every mother goes through something like this. We’ve tried bio oil before. It’s alright but not exactly working too well either. Your idea of essential oil sounds doable. We can give it a try and see how everything works out. Thanks for the advice. You have a good one.

    • Jessica Camden says:

      I know the feeling. My husband reassured me the same as well and it really meant a lot to me.

      I’ve used the Bio-Oil myself and still use it but I like having the essential oils as well because I noticed a bigger difference when I did 🙂

      I wish you both the best of luck and congratulations on your new baby!

      -Jessica

  5. Cat says:

    I wish this information had been available many years ago when I was pregnant. There are quite a few oils to choose from, and I like that you informed that some of them should not be used while pregnant or breastfeeding. Really good information in a world where synthetic lotions containing all sorts of bad stuff are pushed to the public as the first choice.

    /Cat

    • Jessica Camden says:

      Essential oils are a much healthier alternative than some of the synthetic options out there and they usually work better anyway 🙂 I’m very glad you found these helpful!

      -Jessica

  6. Jackie says:

    Hi Jess,

    Great post on stretch marks. My tummy looks exactly like your image at the top! I had my first baby very young (16) almost 45 years ago.

    At that time not many people were talking about essential oils (1976) and I probably wasn’t well hydrated either. The funny thing is my mother also has them like I do, so for many years I thought it was genetic. But then my two daughters did not get them, so it blew that theory up. I also had a dermatologist tell me that stretch marks are largely do to hormones.

    Whatever the case, if I knew then what I know now, I would definitely use essential oils!

    • Jessica Camden says:

      When it comes to stretch marks it seems everybody has a different answer about what causes them and what you can do to treat them. I’ve heard it said over and over that they’re hereditary and some people just get them while others don’t. I don’t believe this because I’ve seen so many cases where one generation gets them, the next doesn’t and vice versa; just like you mentioned with you and your daughters.

      I think that now we know a lot more about ways to prevent them and there’s more we can do about them. It’s hard and takes a lot of dedication but, in most cases, they can be prevented. I too love essential oils and am still amazed by how well they work. They excellent natural remedies for everything from stretch marks to keeping your kids well!

      -Jessica