7 Best WaysTo Eliminate Stretch Marks Using Castor Oil

Are you ashamed of those disgraceful and ugly-looking stretch marks on your body? Have you tried those expensive yet useless chemical treatments to get rid of those horrid-looking marks and got unsatisfying results? Why not try using Castor oil in eliminating the stretch mark.

Stretch marks also known as Striae, are the irregular areas of skin that look like bands, stripes, or lines. Stretch marks are slightly depressed and have a different texture to that of the skin.

These thin lines, in the beginning, appear glossy red and then over time become off-white and give a scar-like appearance. The marks may also appear in some cases due to abnormal collagen formation, as a result of medications that interfere with collagen formation.

It’s possible that castor oil may help reduce the appearance of fresh stretch marks so they fade better over time. However, research to support this method is lacking.

It’s also good to remember that stretch marks are a common occurrence and are a natural aftereffect of skin stretching.

What is Castor Oil?

Castor oil is a type of vegetable oil made from the Ricinus communis plant. The oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant, and then heated up and processed for commercial use.

Castor oil is used in a variety of cosmetics because of its anticaking, cleansing, and emulsifying effects. It’s also popular for its moisturizing effects.

How to Use Castor Oil for Stretch Marks

1. Castor Oil (Warm Massage)

Castor oil prevents moisture loss and keeps the skin hydrated. This may help minimize stretch mark.

You Will Need

2 tablespoons of cold-pressed castor oil

Method

  1. Microwave/heat the castor oil for a few seconds.
  2. Massage the warm oil onto the affected area for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Leave it on overnight or wash it off after at least an hour.
  4. Repeat this every day.

Also read: Stretch Marks: Does Vaseline Work on Stretch Marks?

2. Castor Oil And Cloves

Clove oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has tissue remodeling (reorganizes the existing tissues) effects on the fibroblasts. This property may help in reducing scars. However, there is no scientific research to establish the effects of cloves or clove oil on stretch mark.

You Will Need

  • 2-3 drops of clove essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed castor oil

Method

  1. Mix the two oils.
  2. Massage the blend onto the stretch marks.
  3. Leave it on overnight.
  4. Repeat every day.

Note: Clove oil may irritate the skin. Do a patch test before using it.

3. Castor Oil And Aloe Vera

Aloe vera keeps the skin moisturized. It also stimulates the fibroblasts to produce collagen (6). This may help in minimizing the appearance of stretch marks.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Mix the aloe vera gel and castor oil.
  2. Massage the mixture onto the stretch marks for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Leave it on overnight.
  4. Repeat every day.

4. Castor Oil And Plastic Wrap

Applying castor oil this way may help in deep moisturizing your skin.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed castor oil
  • Cling wrap

Method

  1. Heat/microwave the castor oil for a few seconds (enough to warm it).
  2. Massage it onto the stretch marks.
  3. Wrap the area tightly with the cling wrap.
  4. Leave it for at least half an hour.
  5. Unwrap it and massage the area again.
  6. Do not wash the oil off. Leave it on to be absorbed by the skin.
  7. Repeat every day.

5. Castor Oil And Sugar Scrub

Sugar is an excellent natural scrub because of its coarse texture. While there is no proof that scrubbing can help reduce stretch mark, people often use scrubs to minimize the scars. However, results may take longer.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed castor oil

Method

  1. Mix the sugar and castor oil.
  2. Massage the blend onto the stretch marks for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Leave it on for another 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash it off and apply a moisturizer.
  5. Repeat every alternate day.

You can also: Derma Roller for Stretch Marks: How to Use the Derma Roller

6. Castor Oil And Potato Juice

There is no proof that potato juice works on stretch marks. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that it may be helpful in reducing their appearance.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of raw potato juice
  • 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed castor oil

Method

  1. Mix castor oil and potato juice.
  2. Massage the mixture onto the stretch marks.
  3. Leave it on for half an hour.
  4. Wash it off and apply a moisturizer.
  5. Repeat every day.

7. Castor Oil And Lemon Juice

There is no scientific evidence of how lemon juice helps treat stretch marks. People have found it to be helpful as it might have a bleaching effect on the skin.

You Will Need

  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed castor oil

Method

  1. Dilute the lemon juice in two tablespoons of water.
  2. Apply the diluted juice to the stretch mark.
  3. Let it dry and then massage the area with castor oil.
  4. Leave it on for half an hour.
  5. Wash it off and apply a moisturizer.

Note: All these remedies focus on keeping your skin moisturized. Hence, you may get results with continuous use. However, before you use castor oil on your stretch mark, you need to be aware of a few risk factors.

What Else Can I Do for Stretch Marks?

Castor oil is just one of the options available for treating stretch marks. Other possible treatments include:

  • argan oil
  • chemical peels
  • cocoa butter
  • coconut oil

  • hyaluronic acid
  • laser therapy from a dermatologist
  • microdermabrasion
  • retinols (caution — don’t use these if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding)
  • vitamin E oil

Precautions While Using Castor Oil 

Here are some of the precautions:

  • Talk to the pharmacist or your physician, if you are allergic to castor oil. Always seek medical advice prior use.
  • Keep the oil bottle or container out of the reach of children.
  • Do not take castor oil internally.
  • Do not apply the oil to the broken skin.
  • Also do not let the oil let internally, such as in uterus which may lead to its contraction and may lead to a condition of miscarriage.

Final Say

Castor oil helps in diminishing wrinkles, age spots, and stretch marks. In homeopathy and Ayurveda, castor oil is known to prevent and be a remedy for stretch marks. It’s the only rich source of ricinoleic acid, other fatty acids, and vitamin E which also makes it a good laxative and a moisturizer.

These fatty acids, enter the skin and encourages the growth of healthy tissues.

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