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Aloe Vera for Stretch Marks: Can It Help Remove Them?

Aloe vera has many virtues for the skin, thanks to its composition rich in polysaccharides, trace elements and vitamins. The gel extracted from its leaves has been used for centuries for its therapeutic and cosmetic properties. Discover in this article the benefits of aloe vera for stretch marks.

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Published March 12, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 8 min read

Stretch Marks, Briefly Explained.

Stretch marks, also known as striae distensae, are striated lines, similar to scars. They appear when the structure of the dermis is altered, due to a break in the collagen fibers. Stretch marks are common throughout a lifetime, but do not affect health. It is more their aesthetics that is questioned, and which can cause embarrassment and complexes for people who are subject to them. There are two main causes for the appearance of stretch marks:

  • A sudden distension of the skin, which can occur in particular during a rapid and significant weight change. The skin tissues then undergo a high level of traction, which leads to a rupture of the collagen fibers.

  • Hormonal dysfunction, due to puberty, pregnancy or stress. Cortisol production is increased, which leads to a reduction in collagen synthesis by the fibroblasts.


There are two types of stretch marks: purplish or red stretch marks, called immature, and white stretch marks, called mature. The former are still in the inflammatory phase and take on a red or purple hue, due to the significant stress that the skin tissue undergoes. White stretch marks are long-lasting and correspond to scars left by the stretching of the skin. No treatment can act against this type of stretch mark, they are permanent.

Does Aloe Vera Help Scratch Marks Heal?

Topical application of this botanical extract is safe, including during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Aloe vera for stretch marks is a preventive solution, as its gel softens the skin and promotes its elasticity. It acts by intensifying the activity of fibroblasts, which promotes the production of elastin and collagen. The glucomannan in aloe vera gel actually stimulates TGF-β1, the fibroblast growth factor.

Aloe vera gel also contains several active ingredients that help moisturize the skin, which is an essential step in maintaining good skin health. A correctly hydrated skin appears more flexible and elastic, and is better protected from external aggressions. Remember that the hydrolipidic film on the surface of the epidermis is the skin's first protective barrier. The composition rich in amino acids and hygroscopic polysaccharides of the aloe vera gel enables him to limit the evaporation of water on the surface of the skin.

The application of this gel can thus make the skin less prone to the appearance of stretch marks when it is subjected to stress. A recent study showed that the topical use of aloe vera for stretch marks by pregnant women limited the progression of the purplish/red stretch marks, which often appear between the sixth and seventh month of pregnancy. However, no study has been done to date on the effect of aloe vera on white stretch marks. So, can aloe vera remove stretch marks?

It is important to note that the application 

of aloe vera gel will never completely 

remove stretch marks.

Is Our Typology Stretch Mark Gel-in-Oil a Solution?

In order to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, we have developed a gel-in-oil enriched with aloe vera gel (INCI name: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) but also with baobab oil (INCI name: Adansonia Digitata Oil). This treatment is recommended for the prevention of all types of stretch marks, whether they are related to hormonal changes or to stretching of the skin tissue.

It should be applied to clean, dry skin once a day. For pregnant women, it is recommended to use the gel twice a day until delivery and to continue at a rate of once or twice a day for the following months.

Sources

  • PATUMRAJ S. & al. Therapeutic effects of Aloe vera on cutaneous microcirculation and wound healing in second degree burn model in rats. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand (2000).

  • SAPLE D. G. & al. Aloe vera : a short review. Indian Journal of Dermatology (2008).

  • HAGHOLLAHI F. & al. The effect of Aloe vera gel and sweet almond oil on striae gravidarum in nulliparous women. The journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine (2018).

  • DANIYAL M. & al. Is it safe to consume traditional medicinal plants during pregnancy ? Physiotherapy Research (2021).

  • KIM W. & al. AP collagen peptides prevent cortisol-induced decrease of collagen type I in human dermal fibroblasts. International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2021).

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