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Coconut oil for stretch marks has been used for centuries, aiding in reducing the appearance of these scars while also helping to improve the overall appearance of the skin. Coconuts are an excellent source of nutrition and consist of over ninety percent of saturated fat and antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil contains antioxidant properties that will help with the absorption of other minerals. Coconut oil for stretch marks is also used because the oil features an increased source of medium chain fatty acids which have been known for their many significant health benefits.
What is in Coconut Oil and how does it affect Stretch Marks?
The lauric acid in coconut oil is also found in human breast milk and it converts to a substance that is known as monolaurin. Monolaurin has been proven to be useful in increasing the body’s immunity for fighting diseases and viruses. Coconut oil contains over fifty percent of lauric acid.
Coconut oil for stretch marks is without question one of the most widely used home remedies that’s designed to improve the appearance of the skin while also reducing the redness and prominence of stretch marks. This oil can help to make the skin have a silkier texture, with the added benefits of the antimicrobial properties.
To use coconut oil for stretch marks, begin by warming the oil slightly, stirring frequently in order to prevent the oil from burning. If you’re heating the oil in the microwave be careful that you don’t allow it to become too hot as it can result in burning your skin.
How to Use Coconut Oil for the Treatment of Stretch Marks
Liberally apply the oil to the affected areas, massaging in a circular motion. Use it after you get out of the shower, to allow for better absorption. After a hot shower the pores in the skin will open up. Lightly pat your skin dry and apply the oil.
Dermatologists suggest leaving the coconut oil on overnight and rinsing it off in the morning. The longer the oil is left on the better results you’ll experience. You can repeat this stretch mark treatment daily. Adding lemon juice can help to bleach the skin, which means the stretch marks will be lighter in appearance.
This treatment may not be effective for older stretch marks, but by moisturizing the skin it will help to improve the skin’s integrity, remove dead skin cells and reduce redness in the stretch marks.
You can also add scented oils and create your own concoction for better results. Lavender oil and rose oil can provide you with the best results. Use this treatment for a period of one to two months for newer stretch marks, or as an ongoing treatment for older stretch marks.