Essential Oils and Vitamins to Treat Stretch Marks
July 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
Many people enjoy using essential oils, in burners, baths, even in shampoos, conditioners and cream. They have lovely scents and each essential oil has quite a few uses, ranging treating the nervous system to treating various skin conditions. It’s no wonder they are a popular option!
But which oils are best for stretch marks?
There are several very good options- below are a list of the oils you can use, and what they do for your skin. Remember that the sooner you treat your stretch marks after they have formed the better, and not all of the below will be effective on older stretch marks:
Carrot Seed- Revitalizes and tones the skin (also useful for dermatitis, eczema and rashes).
Emu- rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9, which promotes healthy skin. Penetrates through all skin levels, making it highly effective.
Frankincense- assists with rejuvenation, and is used to treat scars (as well as wounds, skin inflammation and carbuncles).
Geranium- assists with cellulite (which is another big women’s concern!)
Helichrysum- has regenerating properties so is very effective with scars and stretch marks.
Jasmine- increases elasticity and reduces scarring.
Lavender- helps skin heal faster.
Mandarin (Tangerine)- increases circulation (thus improving healing) and reduces fluid retention.
Myrrh- accelerates wound healing (also useful for mouth ulcers, chapped and cracked skin, skin ulcers, boils, weeping wounds, eczema, athletes foot and acne).
Neroli- helps regenerate skin cells, promotes smoother skin.
Patchouli- tissue regenerator, promotes faster healing and helps prevent bad scarring.
Petitgrain- tones the skin (also useful for acne and skin blemishes).
Rose- moisturising and hydrating the skin.
Rose Geranium- helps skin heal faster.
Rosemary- improves circulation.
Rosewood- used as a cell stimulant and tissue regenerator.
Sandalwood- helps prevent scarring.
One must remember to use a carrier oil when using essential oils, because the essential oils are very concentrated and may cause skin irritations. Good options are:
Avocado- very moisturising, contains vitamins A, D and E.
Rosehip- helps skin regenerate and is useful to treat stretch marks, as well as wrinkles (also helps heal burns, scars and helps prevents keloid scarring).
Sweet Almond- Suitable for all skin types, very moisturizing and promotes clear skin.
Wheatgerm- helps promote new skin cells, improves circulation and repairs the skin.
*Wheatgerm oil is very thick and it is recommended that you mix it with another carrier oil.
My favourite carrier oils to use are Rosehip and Wheatgerm, and my favourite essential oils are Geranium, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose Geranium and Rosewood.
Please, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, please do your research before using any of these products as some may not be safe to use.
And what about vitamins?
Most people take vitamins as a supplement to improve their general health. There are some that are better known than others, and some that you’ve never even heard of, for example vitamin K.
It is common knowledge that Vitamin E is popular as a scar treatment oil, but what makes it so effective? Well, the fact that it is an antioxidant is a big factor, but it doesn’t make it effective. It is able to penetrate the dermis and reduce the development of oxygen radicals that hinder healing. It also stabilizes collagen production. But will it completely heal a scar? The answer is no, it won’t.
Some doctors even recommend that you avoid the product when treating scars, because research has shown that it can cause dermatitis, making the scar you are trying to treat even worse. If you have tried the oil, however, and experienced no adverse reactions, keep using it if you are happy. While it has proven to have no real benefits on scars, it is great for preventing sun damage. If you take it as a supplement, please stick to the recommended dose and try and avoid if you have high blood pressure.
So what are you other vitamin options?
Vitamin C is a hidden gem. Most people know to take it to try prevent getting the flu or cold, but this vitamin helps promote healthy collagen, which is essential for healing. This is why it works so well with Collagen Induction Therapy- because it works compliments your efforts. Many CIT users make a Vitamin C Serum, below is a recipe to make your own serum. Have I tried it? No, but I will give it a bash a few more months into my CIT treatment. It is also quite safe to use, and side effects such as nausea, fatigue, drowsiness and indigestion only occur when taking high doses, over the recommended dose.
½ teaspoon L-Ascorbic Acid powder (you can buy L-Ascorbic tablets from a pharmacy and crush them if you cannot find the powder)
3½ teaspoon distilled water or rose water
1½ teaspoon propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin
1 amber or dark blue glass bottle
The solution should be good for a week or two.
Vitamin D nourishes your skin, promotes cell growth. It is also an antioxidant. If you take this as a supplement, please use cautiously as it can cause high levels of calcium, which can cause hardening of the arteries, kidney stones and other problems should you have known or underlying health problems such as kidney disease. Stick to doses below 4000u per day. It is likely to be safe during pregnancy too provided you stay under the 4000u dose.
Vitamin A is another option gaining popularity. The reason is that the dietary form of Vitamin A is retinol, which is widely used to treat scars, stretch marks and wrinkles. Now when we eat food that contain Vitamin A, or take a supplement, the vitamin is broken down into a form that the body can use, namely retinal (eye functions) or retinoic acid (healthy skin, teeth and bones). Retinol is effective increases the rate of cell turnover, meaning your skin produces new cells at a faster rate. It must be said that retinol can cause skin irritations, increase sun sensitivity (wear your sun screen) and if taken orally while you are pregnant, can cause birth defects so please do your research before popping off to buy! Also, those with a vitamin A sensitivity should avoid these products. How do you know if you are vitamin A sensitive? If you have reactions to eating vegetables such as carrots and leafy vegetables.
Well that is it for now. I hope you have found this post informative and if you have any questions, just leave a comment and I will get back to you.
Have a wonderful day!