Reduce Stretchmarks, Keloids, or Scars with Essential Oils

Updated on August 19, 2016
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Candice has studied essential oils for over 25 years, and found many helpful natural remedies and treatments for all types of ailments


No one likes having scars, stretch marks, or keloids, no matter their cause. There are thousands of remedies and natural cures for scars, but you can rid yourself of scar tissue (or reduce it significantly) with a few simple techniques and a homemade remedy using natural carriers and essential oils.

The best time to deal with scar tissue is as soon as possible, while it is still pliable and at its ‘immature’ stage and while it’s still red, itchy and the nerve endings are still trying to knit together.

Tips For Faster Healing Of Scar Tissue

Heat and massage treatments help erase scar tissue as well as natural oils, so by laying a dampened warm towel over the area for a few minutes and then rubbing a few drops of the scar serum (see recipe below) into the scar two or three times a day. Make sure you rub the scar serum into the bottom of your feet as well because feet are one of the quickest ways for the natural essential oils to be absorbed into your body, so you can fight your scars internally as well as externally since essential oils are fat soluble, they can enter the blood stream.

Massage the area at least twice daily when using the serum to increase lymph drainage and get things moving to give the essential oils deeper penetration into the skin. Use the warm to hot dampened towel each time.

Tips and Warnings

Probably not safe for all children under four. Ask your doctor.

New scars should start healing and regenerating within 4-8 weeks using this serum.

Older scars or keloids will show improvement within 10 weeks and will usually continue to get better the longer you use the scar serum.

Scar Serum Recipe

To make your scar serum:

First, find a dark 4 ounce bottle and mark this bottle by making a label or write “scar serum” and the date on a piece of paper and tape it to the bottle completely covering the whole piece of paper to protect it from spills.

  • 4 oz. dark glass bottle
  • Rosehip seed oil 30 ml (or one ounce)
  • Calendula 20 ml
  • Jojoba 20 ml
  • Tamanu 20 ml
  • Vitamin E caplets 3-5 of strong potency
  • Helichrysum italicum spp. serotinum 10dps
  • Sea Buckthorn 3 dps
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium any variety- esp. var. amara) 3 dps
  • Benzoin 2 dps *optional (some have sensitivities to benzoin use patch test to check)
  • Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) 2 dps
  • Rosemary Verbenone 2 dps
  • Frankincense ( best is boswellia sacra, but any will do) 3 dps.

If you don’t have all of these essential oils, rosehip seed oil and or calendula mixed with helichrysum has very good results. Add 2 oz each of rosehip seed and calendula oils then add about 20-25 drops helichrysum.

Even straight lavender essential oil has been known to reduce scarring, and is safe for direct use without a carrier such as rosehip or calendula, but both are great for scar tissue. Be aware that only Lavender (and tea tree) essential oil(s) can be used directly on the skin without a carrier oil.

Apply the salve/serum two to three times a day until signs of scarring are diminished. This may take some time depending on the severity of the scars, stretchmarks or keloids, so don't give up too soon, as it may take months for visible reductions. No worries though, because this serum has powerful skin regenerative properties which will promote new cell growth diminishing the size of scars, improving natural skin color and restoring skin tissue elasticity.

And as an added bonus - it won't hurt the environment or even little ones, as it's made with all natural ingredients.

Scar Salve Recipe

If you don't like an oily type serum, you may like this scar salve.

Add about 1 ounce of beeswax to 2-3 ounces of oils, depending on the consistency you like. (For a harder salve, more beeswax, for a softer salve, less beeswax.)


  1. To make the salve or ointment start by warming the carrier oils, (such as rosehip seed and calendula), over a double boiler or in a pyrex cup in the microwave, add the beeswax into them, stirring well as the wax melts so it incorporates into the oils.
  2. Then stir in your essential oils. Don't add the essential oil until the mixture has cooled a bit because heating essential oils reduces their potency.
  3. I usually just use a Pyrex 2 cup measuring cup and heat in the microwave in short bursts, stirring well, then adding e.o.s after a it's cooled to touch. But some say microwaving isn't the best way, so a double boiler may be your ticket.

How-To Video Scar Treatment Tutorial

Questions & Answers

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        Sarah 4 months ago

        Please help! I have a huge keloid on my ear! I've been to every doctor and tried every cream and solution there is! I can't wear my hair up because I am sooooo embarrassed!!! If anyone has something out there that ACTUALLY works PLEASE help! Thank you

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        Candice Collins 18 months ago from WestCoast Florida


        Yes, I don't see why not, especially if it's a new scar. Older scar tissue may take much more time. But note that there are many essential oils in this serum and since the scar is in your nose the scent may bother you (or not, you may like it)...but to alleviate this, just use the carrier oils with only the helichrysum italicum, or without the essential oils entirely, and it should work almost as well.


        Yes, indeed. And for keloids this natural treatment could work well in the beginning.

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        Bernard Blatte 18 months ago

        Keloids are normally a scar that has become prominent because of the abnormal growth of sinewy tissues. Keloids scars can't be entirely removed once they are shaped; much should be possible at home to start with stage. They could be delicate and irritated at the onset and this is the time when Keloids Natural Treatment actually works on them.

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        Ceci 18 months ago

        Will this scar serum work for internal scar tissue in nose?

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        Candice Collins 20 months ago from WestCoast Florida

        As per the price for these ingredients vs. buying one already made. First, you know exactly what's in the one you make and for sure no synthetic ingredients are added. The initial cost of ingredients would be expensive, but will pay for itself over time, as the amount of each you need is very minimal so you could make many many recipes with these ingredients.Plus, you know exactly what's in the one you make, and for sure no synthetic ingredients are added...some of the pre-made shelved items have lots of preservatives as well.

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        Candice Collins 4 years ago from WestCoast Florida

        sorry about your scar..... ummmmm.... I would say that this should be able to help and most definitely say that this could not hurt so it's worth a try~~ you'd have to use it for awhile tho! :)

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        lancepawl 4 years ago

        It says it needs to be done soon so I'm wondering if it would help for a forehead scar. I got a small cut on my forehead and then got shingles before the cut was healed. The entire left half of my forehead scabbed over and afterward a depression was left where the cut was. The skin cells underneath never did build back up and this was 2 1/3 years ago. I'm wondering if the scar oil could still help or is something else could be done.

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        Candice Collins 4 years ago from WestCoast Florida

        pure is always best :)

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        FatAllyCat 4 years ago

        Should I buy these oils blended or pure?

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        Candice Collins 4 years ago from WestCoast Florida

        thanks for your comments! per the calendula question: either one is fine (but if you get the calendula essential oil you'll have to dilute it in a carrier oil to use it on your skin) so I'd recommend to buy calendula infused oil. And any vitamin E will work fine, but make sure it's all natural. "The natural, best form of vitamin E is called "D-alpha tocopherol with mixed natural tocopherols." and is made from vegetable oil. The synthetic form is DL-alpha tocopherol. “D” or “DL”? Not a big difference in name, is it. There is evidence that the natural "D" (dextro-, or right-handed) molecular form of vitamin E is more useful to the body than is the synthetic. The natural form is also more expensive, but not all that much more. In choosing a vitamin E supplement, you should carefully read the label... the entire label. It is remarkable how many natural-looking brown bottles with natural-sounding brand names contain a synthetic vitamin."

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        Ariel 4 years ago

        Also, does it matter what type of vit e caplets they are? I have 400 IU with tocopherols.

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        Ariel 4 years ago

        Just wondering if I should get calendula essential oil or calendula oil? or are they the same thing?

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        Shadaan Alam 5 years ago from India

        interesting hub, voted up, heard for first time that essential oils can help in reducing stretch marks too

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        Laura Writes 5 years ago

        They have bottles of this stuff at my local pharmacy, it's only about $7.00. Is this a better price than going and buying all these ingredients separately? Good information btw, voted up!

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        Candice Collins 5 years ago from WestCoast Florida

        LOL... I've seen essential oils work some serious magic when it comes to scars, but as always, it's best to get them right away before the scar is totally healed over, and get it while the skin is still freshly coming together...sooner the better, and keep using the scar does really work.

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        Candice Collins 5 years ago from WestCoast Florida

        thanks for your comment! It all depends on how quickly you deal with them.. the sooner the better. I've seen it work. And concerning stretch marks; if you use a lotion with vitamin E while pregnant it helps reduce the chance of even getting them :)

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        Chris Hugh 5 years ago

        I didn't think anything can get rid of stretch marks except maybe lasers...or surgery.