Does olive oil really work to get rid of stretch marks?

United States
August 18, 2007 12:48pm CST
Before my pregnancy, my skin was really smooth and blemish free. But, with so much rapid weight gain, I developed a nice set of stretch marks that just won't seem to fade. The stretch marks are mostly on my belly (as you might expect) and the backs of my legs. I'd like to get rid of them if possible. A friend of mine suggested olive oil to smoothe out the stretch marks. She said it would made them less visible. I've never used it before for the purposes of getting rid of stretch marks. I thought olive oil was only good for moisturizing hair and skin. Does anyone know if olive oil can help reduce the signs of stretch marks? And, if not, are there other natural stretch mark treatments that have worked for you? I tried some sun tan lotion that contained cocoa butter and even though it was really sticky, it did work some. Would love some suggestions!
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
18 Aug 07
Its possible, the olive oil thing. Jeanne Calment of france lived to 122 and she attributed her longevity to olive oil consumption and olive oil skin application. If you need another tip queenie, look at my responses to some of your topics.
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• United States
19 Aug 07
Olive oil is a real life saver! Just the other day I was watching the Rachel Ray show (repeat) and she had former President Clinton on and they were talking about the Mediterranean diet which is rich in olive oil. It sounded divine, all those delicious dishes! And, it's good for the heart as well. Can you imagine? P.S. I checked out your profile. Very impressive. You've only been a member for a day? And, already 140 posts. And, I thought I was prolific!
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Hah thanks. I think I post based on the type of topics I see. Usually I'm a sucker for help, hint or share tips discussions.
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Vitamin E is pretty good for cellular upkeep, especially the skin and organs. If you use a supplement make sure to take it with food, since the human body can better absorb E vitamins with solid foods.
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• United States
22 Aug 07
I've used Vitamin E directly on fine lines on the face and that works as well. So that is a really good tip. (I gave you a positive rating. You always have the best ideas!) Thanks for dropping by. I had not thought to use Vitamin E for this type of situation.
@Nykkee (2524)
• Canada
21 Aug 07
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for St - These are wonderful products. I have not have the joy of useing all of the products that this company makes but I really would like to.
In my opinion the best products for issues like that is Palmer's Brand. My best friend rubbed Palmer's cocoa butter on her belly daily through both her preganancies (her kids are EXACTLY 2 years apart) and she does not have even the slightest sign of even one stretch mark and both her mother and sister got them so we beleive it was the product and her dedication to it, and not good genes or anything that achieved this for her. You can look at the at www.etbrown.com/ and they have a store locater on the site, I buy these products at Walmart, they are great for daily use as well as for stretch mark issues. They have a few products specifically for stretch marks.
• United States
7 Aug 08
I never heard of the olive oil thing either. I use apricot oil, grapeseed oil and avocado oil on my stretchmarks and seems to be working
@daryljane (3439)
• Philippines
22 Aug 07
yeah, it will work, but you have to keep on putting olive oil while your tummy is growing..
@andrejuly84 (1047)
• Romania
22 Aug 07
yes,olive oil is useful for fighting the stretch marks but you wouldn't get them out of your skin totaly.they will get thinner and no such visible so you can try it.olive oilis a very good product with so many usings and helpful in many situations
• Philippines
22 Aug 07
This is a very nice discussion. I also have stretched marks in my body too when I got pregnant. And like most women it also bother me how to atleast lessen the marks in my skin. I will try to use olive oil too. I hope that it will be effective on me.
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
21 Aug 07
i have a few friends who haved used olive oil and it worked.a mixture of olive oil and herbs,also castro oil makes them fade.also another good idea is aloe vera gel and fresh lemon juice mixture helps fade them extremely well.these tips do work,you just have to be persistant and do it a few times a week.
@AmbiePam (45012)
• United States
18 Aug 07
I've never heard of the olive oil claim. That sounds a little strange, but then again, I don't know everything. : ) I know that if you drink a lot of water, and massage flaxseed oil on your stretch makers, it makes them less noticeable, if not completely removing them. Also, using cocoa butter has been proven to be beneficial. But the only fool proof way I know of is laser treatment. Like a chemical peel.