Coconut oil for stretch marks?

I remember reading about this a few years ago except never gave it much thought at the time. But now that I have a few stretch marks of my own I'd like to know if there is any truth to this or if it's just an old wives tale. And would it need to be a certain kind of coconut oil or something? Thanks in advance for the help, much appreciated.


F, 38, Delaware

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It’s important to remember that stretch marks are actually scars, which makes them very challenging to treat. Unfortunately, this means that coconut oil treatment cannot completely remove stretch marks. Nor can olive oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, lemon juice, rose water, essential oils, or any over-the-counter or prescription topical medication. Even surgical solutions are not guaranteed to completely eliminate stretch marks.

There may be some limited benefit to using coconut oil on stretch marks. Coconut oil contains a variety of fatty acids that are easily absorbed and may be beneficial to your skin. On top of that, coconut oil is known for its hydrating properties, which means it can be used to keep the skin around your stretch marks nicely moisturized and prevent irritation caused by dry skin. Coconut oil is also believed to have modest anti-inflammatory properties. This may reduce the prominence of stretch marks and promote healing.

When it comes to choosing a coconut oil, your best bet is to look for virgin, organic coconut oil. Research shows that virgin coconut oil contains more antioxidants than refined coconut oil, which may help prevent stretch marks and combat the free radicals associated with damaged skin.

While coconut oil may have a minor positive effect on stretch marks, I do want to stress that modern cosmetic treatment will always be far more effective than home remedies. Laser therapy, microdermabrasion, fractional photothermolysis, and excimer laser may be good options for treating stretch marks.

There are also some tretinoin creams that can improve the appearance of stretch marks by restoring collagen to the skin surrounding the affected area. If you really want to get rid of stretch marks, I recommend seeing a board- certified dermatologist and getting a formal evaluation rather than relying on DIY solutions.

Unfortunately, there's no data that coconut oil or any oils help to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Modalities such as lasers and microneedling may show some improvement, but their effectiveness is limited and variable.