Using Argan Oil For Stretch Marks (How It Works)

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In recent studies, argan oil has shown promising results in improving skin health, treating stretch marks, and more. Argan oil is made from seeds found within the fruit of the argan tree, a tall, flowering tree that’s found in southwestern Morocco and Algeria. So, how does it work?

Argan oil can fade your stretch marks by improving the skin’s elasticity. This happens when certain ingredients in the oil aids in the acceleration of collagen production. It not only reduces the appearance of stretch marks but also helps prevent them from forming.

In this article, we discuss how you can use argan oil to reduce your stretch marks, how it works on your skin, and even how to use it for the best results. By including stretch mark treatment into your daily routine, you can start to improve them bit by bit, until they’re hardly noticeable. Here’s how…

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How Argan Oil Helps With Stretch Marks

Argan oil is strongly linked to improvements in skin elasticity. Stretch marks are produced by a number of factors, but they’re mostly linked to your skin’s elasticity. When your skin isn’t expandable enough, stretch marks are produced.

This can happen as a result of:

  • Pregnancy
  • Weight loss
  • Growth spurts 

Argan oil is also thought to help your body deal with stress. Stress is one of the biggest factors that contribute to the formation of stretch marks. By reducing the presence of stress hormones (like cortisol) and calming your body’s inflammatory response, argan oil can help prevent stretch marks and heal existing ones. 

Studies have shown that argan oil is effective both as a supplement and when applied topically. Just be sure to avoid cooking your argan oil.

Instead, drizzle it on toast with other toppings, mix it with nuts and honey to make it into a dip, or simply swallow a tablespoon of it for its medical benefits. Alternately, you could try applying it to your skin via the methods below. 

How To Use Argan Oil on Stretch Marks

Before you use anything containing argan oil, it’s important to perform not one but TWO patch tests. Argan oil’s richness in linoleic (or omega-6) acid actually enhances your skin’s ability to absorb the things you apply to it.

This means that argan oil will get in really deep and be extra effective, however, it also means that anything else you apply before or after the argan oil will get in really deep into the skin. This isn’t something you want to have happened with products like retinol cream or some other powerful ingredients.

Perform a small patch test with argan oil itself, then perform another test with the full routine you want to incorporate argan oil into. This should prevent any nasty surprises. 

Argan oil can be applied once or twice a day, morning or evening. The steps below assume that you’re using it as the final ingredient in your skincare routine. If you’d prefer to apply the oil on its own, simply wash your skin, apply the oil, and gently rub it in. 

Step #1: Find The Right Form of Argan Oil

Argan oil comes in both as a single-ingredient oil and in serums, creams, and more. If you’re just after argan oil, shopping will be easy. If you want to take advantage of its abilities to enhance other ingredients,  however, you might want to look for a serum or cream that has some other actives that can piggyback on the argan oil. 

Step #2: Wash The Areas Where Stretch Marks Occur

As with other ingredients, argan oil is best applied to your skin after it’s been cleaned with hot water and gently patted dry. The heat helps open your pores, while the act of cleaning mechanically exfoliates and removes any dirt or grime that would prevent the argan oil from penetrating.

Step #3: Use Your Favorite Moisturizer (Optional)

While it’s not essential to moisturize before using argan oil, it’s often used as a way to lock in moisture.  Moisturizing before you apply argan oil will ensure that you maximize this side benefit. 

Step #4: Apply a Base Cream To Your Stretch Marks

If you’re using another skincare cream, now is the time to use it. Dermatologists think that argan oil should go on last in your routine to maximize the effectiveness of linoleic acid. 

Step #5: Apply the argan oil on your stretch marks

Gently apply a thin layer of argan oil in whatever form you’ve got it in. Argan oil sounds like it’s oily, but it’s comedogenic and thought to be safe for all skin types. Your skin shouldn’t feel greasy after you apply it. You can gently wipe off any excess oil if you feel it’s too thick. After that, you’re all done! 

How Long Does It Take Argan Oil To Work?

Stretch marks are very fickle things. In some people, stretch marks disappear quickly with no treatment. In others, they stick around for years. Some stubborn stretch marks can fade or even vanish outright later in life. 

Argan oil can have proclaimed results in as little as one week. One of the more conclusive studies on argan oil and stretch marks found that skin elasticity had improved substantially after seven days of using an argan oil cream.

On the other hand, you might not see a reduction in your stretch marks immediately, but your skin will feel healthier, more elastic, and better moisturized after one to four weeks.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Argan oil is thought to be safe for all skin types. It’s very rare to have a negative reaction to argan oil. Some harsh products might not pair well with argan oil, especially ones involving retinol. Be cautious about incorporating argan oil into a routine with harsh products and be sure to do a patch test of your whole routine, not just the argan oil product.

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