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Castor Oil for Stretch Marks: Tips and Recommendations

Castor Oil for Stretch Marks

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Have you ever heard of castor oil for stretch marks removal? Stretch marks are also called as Striae Atrophicae. According to Wikipedia they are a form of skin scarring. Typically they appear on breasts, thighs, hips, abdominal region or upper arms. Usually stretch marks are caused by the rapid skin stretching as a result of weight gain or growth. Pregnancy, puberty or hormone replacement therapy also induce stretch marks appearance. There are a lot of natural home treatments for avoiding and treating the stains, for example almond oil for stretch marks. Castor oil for stretch marks is one of them.

Castor oil and stretch marks

Castor oil is effective for skin care and treatment of skin diseases. The oil is applied to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, skin blemishes and age spots. The reason for this is that castor oil is a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids, including the ricinoleic acid with a great number of benefits for skin as Wikipedia says. Castor oil for stretch marks is efficient too as the ricinoleic acid moisturizes the skin and makes skin cells more flexible. The oil nourishes the skin increasing its elasticity so it becomes less prone to stretch marks.  Moreover, castor oil stimulates blood circulation in the skin that makes it healthier.


SEE ALSO: Castor Oil for Age Spots 

How to use castor oil for stretch marks

Step 1

Pour some amount of castor oil into a bowl. You won’t need a lot of oil as castor oil is dense. You may mix castor oil with almond oil, olive oil (read why to use coconut oil for stretch marks)  or other oils effective for skin care.

Step 2

Wash your hands before using castor oil for stretch marks. Take the oil from the bowl and coat your stretch marks with it. Massage the oil in circular movements.

Step 3

Now you need to cover the coated area with a plastic sheet or saran wrap. Afterwards, put something warm on the area. It may be a heating pad or a bottle with hot water. Leave it for a half an hour. Repeat the procedure once a day for a week minimum.


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Tips and recommendations

In addition to this method it is advisable to apply special natural stretch marks creams. Aloe Vera, shea butter and emblic fruit extract are efficient for stretch marks treatment as well.

Make sure that you are not sensitive to castor oil before applying it. Pregnant women often suffer from stretch marks and do their best to avoid them. In case you are pregnant consult your doctor before using castor oil for stretch marks.

  • Andrea Gerak

    Would it also work on scars after surgery that are already healed? Or any other oil you would recommend for that? Thanks.