aloe veraStretch marks or striae are a common skin problem that can often make you feel uncomfortable. They occur as visible lines on the skin due to sudden changes in body size, usually on the abdominal areas, thighs, upper arm, breast, buttocks, etc.

Whenever the connective tissues are stretched beyond its flexibility, caused by either the contraction or expansion of skin, the collagen will be weakened. This results in fine scars on the middle layer (called dermis) of the skin. The scars appear as pink, purple or red marks, and can fade to silvery white or gray.

Causes can be: pregnancy, people who have sudden loss or gain in their body weight, genes, stress, etc. Stretch marks cannot be removed completely, but can be faded by following the natural home remedies.

Aloe vera is a natural and effective remedy for treating stretch marks on skin.

Aloe Vera for Stretch Marks:

Aloe vera is an African plant that belongs to Xanthorrhoeaceae family. It has many amazing healing properties that helps in curing many health problems. It can be used as a gel, powder or juice.

Aloe vera has approximately 75 nutrients, 18 amino acids, 20 minerals, 200 enzymes (active) and 12 vitamins.

Does Aloe Vera help Stretch Marks?

Here are some of the properties that make aloe vera effective in curing stretch marks.

  • It has rich source of essential nutrients and other active components that helps in relieving you from the burns, scars, cuts and stretch marks on skin.
  • Regular usage of aloe vera repairs the damaged collagen fibers of dermis and lessens the stretch marks appearance.
  • It contains a lot of water and other nutrients which helps in sustenance of skin tissues.
  • It has the capability of penetrating deep into the skin, nourishes and repairs it from the damage that is caused by stretch marks.
  • The anti – oxidants in this aloe vera helps to repair the damaged skin cells and enhance the generation of new skin cells to remove this stretch marks.
  • It has anti-septic properties that not only clears the stretch marks but also helps to heal rashes, cuts, burns, etc.
  • It not only cures the stretch marks but also prevent it from recurring again on the skin.
  • Regular application of aloe vera regenerates and rejuvenates the skin which helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks on skin.
  • Aloe vera has 2 different types of hormones, viz. Auxins and Gibberellins which exhibits anti – inflammatory properties and growth hormones that stimulate the replenishment of healthy skin cells. These hormones also help to maintain a natural production of collagen by the body.
  • It contains some plant collagens which is proven to increase the skin’s elasticity.

How To Use Aloe Vera To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks:

Follow these remedies without fail to minimize the appearance of stretch marks.

1. Aloe Vera Gel

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera leaf
  • Lukewarm water

Process:

  • Squeeze a fresh aloe vera leaf to extract its gel.
  • Apply this directly on the stretch marks.
  • Rub it gently for few minutes so it gets properly absorbed.
  • Leave for few minutes to dry and then wash off with water.
  • Repeat regularly.

2. Aloe Vera with Vitamin A and E Oils

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel – 1/4 cup
  • Vitamin E capsules – 10
  • Vitamin A oil capsules – 5
  • Lukewarm water

Process:

  • Squeeze fresh aloe vera gel from the leaf and place in a bowl.
  • Extract oil from both a vitamin E oil capsules and a vitamin A oil capsules.
  • Stir with the aloe vera gel.
  • Apply this mixture on the stretch marks and rub it in gently.
  • Leave for a few minutes to dry and was with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • You can also add 1/2 cup of olive oil before applying.
  • Use this 2 – 3 times a day on daily basis.

3. Aloe Vera with Coffee

The chemicals in coffee help to lighten the scars and tighten the skin.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel or juice
  • Coffee ground
  • Warm towel or cloth
  • Water
  • Olive oil or moisturizer

Process:

  • Mix a sufficient amount of ground coffee and fresh aloe vera gel into a paste.
  • Apply this paste on stretch marks and spread it evenly.
  • Massage it gently for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Let it sit for about 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Use a warm towel or cloth to wipe it off.
  • Rinse with water and apply olive oil or moisturizer after drying.
  • Repeat the same process daily for about a month to reduce stretch marks.

4. Aloe Vera with Lemon Juice

Lemon juice exfoliates the skin to remove the dead skin cells which helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel or juice – 2 teaspoons
  • Lemon juice or Lime juice – 1 teaspoon

Process:

  • Mix aloe vera gel with freshly extracted lemon juice.
  • Apply this on the stretch marks.
  • Leave to dry naturally.
  • Rinse off with water and apply moisturizer after drying.
  • Regularize this process until the marks have cleared.

5. Aloe Vera Homemade Moisturizer

This homemade moisturizer helps in lightening the existing stretch marks on the skin and enhances the new skin growth on that area.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Olive oil
  • Wheat oil
  • Airtight container or empty moisturizer

Process:

  • Stir equal quantities of aloe vera gel, olive oil and wheat oil in a small bowl.
  • Pour this in an airtight container.
  • Leave overnight and apply this on the stretch marks.
  • Continue doing the same process regularly to get rid of stretch marks.

6. Aloe Vera with Castor Oil

Ricinoleic acid in castor oil and vitamin E in aloe vera repairs the collagen and helps to fade stretch marks.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Castor oil

Process:

  • Extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf.
  • Finely mash the pulp of aloe vera until you get a watery consistency.
  • Add castor oil and stir well.
  • Pour into a pan and heat.
  • Apply this warm mixture on the stretch marks.
  • Repeat this regularly to clear the stretch marks.

7. Homemade Aloe Vera Lotion

This homemade aloe vera lotion is very effective in fading the stretch marks.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera butter – 3 cups
  • Jojoba oil – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut oil – 1/2 cup
  • Container or empty lotion container

Process:

  • Stir aloe vera butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil until properly mixed.
  • Now apply this mixture on the stretch marks.
  • Apply three times a day.

8. Aloe Vera with Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter

Ingredients:

Process:

  • Mix sufficient amounts of aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil (from capsule) and cocoa butter in a small bowl into a paste.
  • Apply this on the stretch marks.
  • Leave to dry naturally.
  • Wash off with water and pat the skin dry.
  • Regularize this process until the marks have cleared.

9. Aloe Vera Exfoliation

Exfoliation is an effective way to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, especially on the thighs.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel or juice
  • Aveeno (OR) Neutrogena
  • Cod liver oil (OR) Olive oil

Process:

  • Add aloe vera gel and olive oil or cod liver oil to Neutrogena or aveeno.
  • Stir it well and apply on the stretch marks.
  • Rub gently in circular motions
  • Follow this process regularly.

10. Aloe vera with Olive Oil

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel – 1/4 cup
  • Olive oil – 1/4 cup

Process:

  • Mix together aloe vera gel and olive oil.
  • Apply this on the stretch marks and massage gently for a few minutes.
  • Leave for a few minutes to overnight.
  • Wash off with water and pat the skin dry.
  • If using on the breasts, apply this at night time and wipe it off in next morning with wet wash cloth.
  • Store the remaining in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.
  • Repeat daily.

11. Aloe Vera and Vitamin E Oil

This process helps to stimulate the blood flow, and promotes the skin cell regeneration and collagen fiber production to improves skin elasticity.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel or juice
  • Vitamin E oil capsules – 3 to 4

Process:

  • Mix aloe vera gel or juice and vitamin E oil from capsules.
  • Apply this on the stretch marks.
  • Massage it gently for few minutes and leave it for another few minutes.
  • Repeat daily.

12. Aloe Vera with Tea Tree Oil and Cocoa Butter

Ingredients:

Process:

  • Wash the affected areas with a mild soap in the morning.
  • Rinse off with water and pat the skin dry.
  • Apply aloe vera gel on these areas.
  • Leave it, then around lunchtime apply either cocoa or Shea butter on the areas.
  • Repeat applying cocoa butter or Shea butter as often as possible before bed.
  • Before going to sleep apply tea tree oil.
  • Repeat the same process daily.

13. Aloe Vera with Honey and Almond Oil Mask

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera pulp – 1 cup
  • Honey – 2 teaspoons
  • Almond oil – 2 teaspoons
  • Warm water

Process:

  • Blend aloe vera and add honey and almond oil.
  • Continue blending until you get a smooth mixture.
  • Apply this on the stretch marks and leave for 30 – 45 minutes.
  • Wash off with warm water.
  • For more effective results, repeat this same process for 2 – 3 times a week.

14. Aloe Vera with Avocado Mask

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel – 5 tablespoons
  • Ripe avocado (pulp) – 4 tablespoons
  • Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Warm water

Process:

  • Blend aloe vera pulp and avocado pulp in a blender.
  • Add olive oil to make a creamy paste.
  • Clean the area with water and apply this on the stretch marks.
  • Leave for about 30 – 40 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
  • Repeat 2 – 3 times a week.

15. Aloe Vera Drink

Drinking aloe vera is also effective in treating not only stretch marks but also many health, skin and beauty problems.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel – 1 to 3 teaspoons
  • Water – 1 glass

Process:

  • Mash aloe vera gel to make a juice , or use a blender.
  • Add to water and stir well.
  • Drink this water regularly.
  • You can also add this juice into any other fruit or vegetable juices.

16. Aloe Vera Oil for Stretch Marks

This oil rejuvenates the skin, improves blood circulation and enhances skin’s elasticity to clear the stretch marks on the skin.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut oil – 1/2 cup
  • Essential oil (your choice) – 2 to 4 drops
  • Pot

Process:

  • Mix equal quantities of aloe vera gel and coconut oil.
  • Add an essential oil of your choice and mix well.
  • Pour in a pot and place on the stove over low heat.
  • Heat this mixture for 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Allow the aloe vera oil to cool for a few minutes.
  • Pour in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place for 2 weeks. Refrigerate this to make it last longer.
  • Apply this on the affected areas of skin after bath.
  • Apply regularly.

17. Aloe Vera with Cod Liver Oil

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Cod liver oil

Process:

  • Stir a sufficient amount of aloe vera juice or gel and cod liver oil together.
  • Apply this on the stretch marks.
  • Leave for few minutes to dry.
  • Repeat regularly.

Tips and Precautions:

  • Follow these tips and precautions to get maximum benefits from these methods.
  • Apply aloe vera gel twice a day for effective results.
  • Tt not only helps to clear stretch marks but also removes wrinkles and other skin problems by moisturizing the skin.
  • Pregnant women can apply this aloe vera gel regularly to avoid the formation of stretch marks.
  • You can also mix aloe vera gel with any natural oils like almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc. and apply this on the stretch marks.
  • You can also use aloe vera containing creams and lotions.
  • The longer you have these stretch marks, the longer it will take to get rid of them.
  • Consult a dermatologist if you didn’t find any change in the appearance of these stretch marks after following these processes.

Please share any new methods or results you have with us.

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54 comments
  1. Can lemon juice/olive oil and aloe vera help me remove scars on my leg! Maybe u can help me wth the best scar removal. Plz hlp

    1. Yes lemon/olive oil and aloe vera can help you reduce the appearance of scars on legs. Try them regularly until you achieve the results.

    1. Fresh aloe vera gel can provide better result but if you are not able to get it, you can also use store brought ones.

  2. How long does it take before you start seeing results with aloe and how long does it take for stretch marks to completely fade?

    1. It is really difficult to tell the exact time as everyone’s skin healing power is different. Apart from the applying regularly, drink plenty of water and don’t scratch on stretch marks.

  3. Can I use aloe vera gel,Shea butter, honey and coconut oil for the remedy? Howhow do I prepare it?

  4. Can I use Shea butter, honey,aloe vera gel,and coconut oil for stretch marks remedy? How do I prepare it.

  5. Can I use patanjali aloe vera gel 4times a day to remove my stretch marks ? Or what should i use with it ? Need your quic reply, sir.

  6. I’ve got a Vaseline an on it they said oloe vera is in it do you think I can try it cause they said Vaseline helps too…?

    1. Yes, you can apply it to keep the area moisturized. Apart from that please follow any remedy mentioned above to lighten the stretch marks.

  7. i am 13 years old and i have strech marks on my thighs and ihave bing robing aloe vera on my thighs and it looks like it is spreading. what do i do

    1. Into a bowl, add 6 oz. 100% pure aloe vera gel and 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil. Blend the ingredients well until you get a creamy texture. Pour the cream into a container and store it in refrigerator. You have to use it up before 2 weeks and make a fresh batch again.

  8. I have one year old stretch marks. Will aloe Vera and castor oil remove these marks if I use twice a day? How many days it will take?

    1. Yes, the application of aloe vera and castor oil mixture 2 times in a day helps to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks. It is difficult to mention the time frame as stretchmarks are very stubborn and take quite a long time to get reduced.

  9. i hve cream burn on my face n i hve being using different creams on my face it wil look as if it has gone out before i knw it d burn wil stil come out again!!!!! wil Alo vera mixed honey remove the cream burn on my face …interlly

  10. Im 8 months pregnant,but i notice that when i turn in third trimester thats when i got stretch mark, i feel stressed about it i was thinking to make my own remedies,is that ok to mix aloe vera and bio oil together ?and how was it ? Is that ok to use while im pregnant ? Thank u .

  11. I have stretch marks and sunburn on ma face….will fresh aloe Vera,bio oil and coconut oil help to remove them….and am thing of making much and store on a refrigerator for long…pls will dat be okay?

    1. Yes, the mixture of aloe vera, bio oil and coconut oil is helpful for treating sunburn and stretchmarks. It is better to make a fresh mixture every time for effective results. However, if the mixture left out or if you don’t have time, then you can store tit in refrigerator and use it within a week.

  12. I have a three years scretch mark and I’ve tried bio oil for a very long time can i use castor oil

  13. I have streched marks on My body but i bought aloe Vera gel frm italian supermarket, Just the way i bought It i am using It like that without adding nothing Can It work in My streched marks or i need to add other things?

    1. Even if you don’t add any ingredients, application of aloe vera gel can reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

  14. Can I use olive oil instead of coconut oil (coconut oil feels heavier to the skin) for the Aloe Vera Oil for Stretch Marks recipe? The one that you need to boil? Also, is it okay to use it as a body oil after showering? Looking forward to your reply.. thanks!

    1. Yes, you can use olive oil instead of coconut oil and it can also be used as body oil after showering.

  15. I’ve a 5years old stretch mark, can I remove it by using Aloe Vera gel extract and coconut oil? How long can I apply the mixture before I can mix another aloe Vera oil? Do I apply the aloe Vera oil for months or weeks before mixing a new aloe Vera gel and coconut oil? Or it can last for months or I can apply it on the affected area if I put it in an airtight container and stored in the fridge? Pls reply ASAP.

    1. The stretch mark can be lighten by using aloe vera gel extract and coconut oil. You have to repeat the application for at least few months to notice the improvement. If you are making the mixture in a batch then use it up before 2 weeks and make a fresh batch again.

  16. I”m developing stretch marks on legs and i am worried that they will continue going down.can i exfoliate with sugar,Almond oil and lemon juice ….and apply Aloe and coconut oil. will it help me fast

  17. pls, can I use aloe Vera, honey, Shea butter, and bio oil mixture for my stretch marks, and does it have any side effect. waiting for your reply. thanks

    1. Yes, you can use the combination of aloe vera, honey, shea butter, bio oil mixture for treating stretch marks. No, it doesn’t have any side effects however, we recommend patch testing it before trying regular treatment.

  18. those aloevera darken skin, i mix it on my cream but a friend of mine told me that ir wil darken my skin plz is it tru

    1. Usually, aloe vera doesn’t cause any darkness until unless you are allergic to it. So, make sure to patch test before trying it regularly.

  19. I hv stretch marks on my tommy for a long time now will the alo leaves alone work without adding anything to it plss help me

    1. Aloe vera alone can be helpful in lightening the stretchmarks. Apart from aloe vera treatment, exfoliate and moisture the stretch marks regularly to achieve effective results.

  20. I am drinking Aloevera juice and using it with lemon i.e SN 4 &15. Lets see what happens? Please keep me guiding because I need the cure anyhow. Admin please keep on helping me..

  21. Please I have like about nine years stretch marks…and recently I have been applying aloe vera gel on it before I go and take my bath and use it again before going to bed…but the aloe gel itches my body anytime I use it….and after bathing I use aloe vera gel boiled with coconut oil to mosturize the skin…..I don’t put it in a refrigerator but I store it in a cool place…pls can my remedy help cure the stretch marks so I should change

  22. I’ve been using aloe vera for my stretch marks and it’s itching but I can see some improvement. Does this itching means I am allergic to aloe vera? Is this already what you “irritation”??

  23. Lisberth, I hav some big stretch marks all over my body, how do I remove them .I’m very much ashamed of myself. I’m in Limpopo where can I find a doctor for this pls?

  24. Hello!
    This is the first in my life that I’ve seen an admin respond to everyone’s questions.
    Two questions:
    1.Can I apply aloe Vera gel directly to my stretch marks then apply coconut oil?

    2.Which is most effective; boiling the aloe Vera and coconut mixture or blending them?

  25. Can I use aloe Vera, Shea butter and coconut oil to reduce stretch marks?? How do I prepare it,

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