How To Use Aloe Vera To Treat Stretch Marks?

Medically reviewed by Dr. Vindhya L Veerula, MD, FAAD
by Ramona Sinha

Getting rid of stretch marks is impossible. Stretch marks are scars that occur when the skin stretches beyond its limits. However, with time, stretch marks may fade a little. You can accelerate the process with natural ingredients, and one such ingredient is aloe vera.

Clinical evidence supporting aloe vera as a treatment option for stretch marks is limited. However, aloe vera has skin-healing properties that may help in this regard. Scroll down to find out how aloe vera can help treat stretch marks and the best ways to use it.

Does Aloe Vera Treat Stretch Marks?

There is no evidence of aloe vera being a potent treatment option for stretch marks. However, aloe vera has skin healing properties, which may help in treating stretch marks. Here’s why:

  • Aloe Vera Promotes Collagen Synthesis: Collagen production is essential for the healing of scars and wounds. Aloe vera (both topical and oral) increases collagen production and also boosts collagen cross-linking (1).
  • Aloe Vera Moisturizes The Skin: Moisturization is critical in healing stretch marks (2). Aloe vera contains mucopolysaccharides that bind moisture to your skin. The plant also helps keep the skin soft and improves skin integrity (1).
  • Aloe Vera Prevents UV-induced Hypersensitivity: UV rays may often cause itching, redness, and rashes. Aloe vera helps prevent these issues and protects the skin from UV damage (1). UV protection is also critical to healing stretch marks.

If you want to use aloe vera for treating stretch marks, here are some easy DIY recipes you can try.

How To Use Aloe Vera For Treating Stretch Marks

1. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera keeps the skin moisturized and soft. This may help in faster healing.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of freshly scooped aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Apply the gel to the affected area.
  2. Massage for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Let it stay. Do not wash it off.
  4. Apply twice daily.

2. Aloe Vera And Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil has moisturizing effects on the skin. It also improves the skin barrier and stimulates the fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen and elastin) (3).

You Will Need

  • A tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
  • A tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Mix the coconut oil and aloe vera gel.
  2. Massage it onto the stretch marks.
  3. Leave it overnight.
  4. Apply once or twice daily.

3. Aloe Vera And Vitamin E Oil (Softgels)

Although studies have not found topical vitamin E to be effective in treating scars and wounds, it is used as a popular home remedy. It has antioxidant properties that may keep skin healthy (4).

You Will Need

  • 2 vitamin E softgels
  • A tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Squeeze the liquid from the soft gels.
  2. Mix it with the aloe vera gel.
  3. Massage it on the skin and leave it on.
  4. Repeat twice daily.

4. Aloe Vera And Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds can help in scrubbing dead skin cells. There is no evidence that scrubbing can treat stretch marks, but anecdotal evidence suggests that scrubbing can make skin soft.

You Will Need

  • A tablespoon of coffee grounds
  • 1-2 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Mix the coffee grounds and aloe vera gel.
  2. Massage the stretch marks with the mixture for 5 minutes.
  3. Leave it on for another 10 minutes.
  4. Wash off.
  5. Repeat thrice a week.

Note: This mixture can be harsh. Hence, ensure you do not use it on your face.

5. Aloe Vera And Lemon Juice

Anecdotal evidence suggests that lemon may help fade stretch marks to some extent. However, if you have sensitive skin, avoid lemon (or lime) juice as it may cause irritation. Also, it can make the skin photosensitive (5). Hence, ensure you apply sunscreen before stepping out.

You Will Need

  • ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
  • A tablespoon of fresh aloe vera juice

Method

  1. Dilute the lemon juice with half a teaspoon of water.
  2. Mix the aloe vera gel and the lemon juice.
  3. Apply it to the stretch marks. Let it dry.
  4. Wash it off after 15 minutes.
  5. Apply a moisturizer.
  6. Do this once every day.

6. Aloe Vera And Castor Oil

Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, which has a skin conditioning effect. It may also help keep your skin moisturized (6).

You Will Need

  • ½ teaspoon of castor oil
  • A tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Mix the castor oil and aloe vera gel.
  2. Massage it onto the stretch marks.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes (or overnight).
  4. Wash it off and apply a moisturizer.
  5. Repeat once or twice daily.

7. Aloe Vera And Olive Oil

Olive oil may not always be effective in reducing stretch marks (7). It was found to aid wound healing in mice (8). The oil is widely used in DIY remedies. If you want to use olive oil, you can use it with any hydrating ingredient like aloe vera (as the oil may also cause skin moisture loss in some cases).

You Will Need

  • ½ teaspoon of cold-pressed olive oil
  • A tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Mix the oil and aloe vera gel.
  2. Massage the affected area with the mixture.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash it off and apply a moisturizer.
  5. Repeat once every day.

8. Aloe Vera And Honey

Honey is a humectant. It improves transepidermal water loss by enhancing moisture absorption from the dermis into the epidermis (topmost layer of skin) (9).

You Will Need

  • A tablespoon of raw honey
  • A tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Mix the honey and aloe vera gel.
  2. Massage it on the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash it off and apply a moisturizer.
  5. Repeat it twice daily.

9. Aloe Vera And Cocoa Butter

There is no study to prove the moisturizing benefits of cocoa butter. However, it is widely used in skin care products and DIY recipes. It is believed to keep the skin moisturized and supple.

You Will Need

  • A tablespoon of cocoa butter
  • A tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Mix the butter and the aloe vera gel.
  2. Massage it all over the affected area.
  3. Leave it and do not wash.
  4. Repeat twice daily (preferably morning and night).

10. Aloe Vera And Avocado

Eating avocado has health benefits, but there is no proof that applying it to the skin can help. Avocado serves as an excellent base in any DIY remedy for mixing other ingredients.

You Will Need

  • A tablespoon of mashed avocado
  • A tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Mix the aloe vera and avocado.
  2. Spread a layer of the mixture on the stretch marks.
  3. Massage for 5 minutes.
  4. Leave it on for another 15-20 minutes.
  5. Wash it off and apply a moisturizer.
  6. Repeat once daily.

11. Aloe Vera and Glycerin

In a study, a cream containing 20% glycerin was found to improve skin hydration levels (10).

You Will Need

  • A teaspoon of glycerin
  • A tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Mix the glycerin and aloe vera gel.
  2. Massage it onto your stretch marks.
  3. Leave it on overnight.
  4. Repeat once or twice daily.

12. Aloe Vera and Yogurt

Yogurt may not help fade stretch marks. However, it is thought to have a cooling effect on the skin. It may also keep the skin moisturized.

You Will Need

  • A tablespoon of yogurt
  • A tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel

Method

  1. Mix the aloe vera gel and yogurt.
  2. Apply a thin layer on the stretch marks.
  3. You may put additional layers once the first one dries.
  4. Let it stay for 15 minutes.
  5. Wash it off and apply a moisturizer.

13. Aloe Vera And Rosewater

Traditionally, rosewater is used for wound healing and maintaining skin health (11). Rosewater may not fade your stretch marks, but it can help keep the skin healthy. However, you have to use a chemical-free and steam distilled rosewater (if you are buying it). Else, you can also prepare rosewater at home.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera
  • A tablespoon of rosewater

Method

  1. Mix the aloe vera gel and rosewater.
  2. Apply the mixture to your stretch marks with a cotton ball.
  3. Let it dry and reapply.
  4. Leave it on overnight.
  5. Repeat twice every day.

Although aloe vera may seem to be a harmless herb with immense skin and health benefits, it may also cause adverse reactions. Hence, be aware of the following before using aloe vera for stretch marks.

Side Effects Of Using Aloe Vera For Stretch Marks

Before using aloe vera, do a patch test or consult a doctor (especially if you are pregnant). You can be allergic to aloe vera. The plant may cause:

  • Redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Dermatitis (rarely in people with sensitive skin)

The allergic reactions of aloe vera on the skin can be attributed to the presence of anthraquinones, such as aloin and barbaloin (1).

Moreover, the plant may also interact with steroid drugs. Applying aloe vera to the skin may increase the absorption of steroid creams such as hydrocortisone. This may lower your potassium levels and increase the adverse effects of digoxin and digitoxin (1).

Hence, consult a doctor before using aloe vera, especially if you are on medication or are pregnant.

Aloe vera is widely used for healing multiple skin issues and maintaining skin health. However, more controlled studies and evidence are required to prove its safety and efficacy. Consult a doctor immediately in case you experience any adverse effects.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How long does aloe vera take to reduce stretch marks?

As per anecdotal evidence, aloe vera may help fade stretch marks in 2-3 months.

Is aloe vera good for reducing pregnancy stretch marks?

You may use it for massaging. However, consult a doctor before using it. Fresh aloe vera gel (directly scooped from the plant) may cause skin irritation.

Can coconut oil and aloe vera remove stretch marks?

It may not remove the marks but can help fade the stretch marks with regular use.

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Ramona Sinha

Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.
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