DIY Coffee Scrub for Fading Stretch Marks

DIY Coffee Scrub for Fading Stretch Marks

As you make healthy, positive changes to the way your body looks and feels, it only makes sense that you might want to improve the appearance of your body’s largest organ, your skin. Stretch marks are a common concern, caused by rapid change in skin growth due to pregnancy or excessive weight gain or weight loss. Although they appear to be on the top layer of our skin, stretch marks are actually in the middle layer. This is what makes them difficult to remove with topical treatment alone. But we’ve learned about a DIY scrub that may affect tissues beneath the surface, for real change.

Coffee has been gaining ground for its beneficial skincare properties. Hashtag coffeescrub on Instagram and you’ll see a new trend that is helping to soothe many common skin frustrations. This DIY scrub has two simple, everyday ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Like any treatment, it takes time to see results, so be patient. One bonus? Do this scrub early in the morning, and the aroma of the coffee will wake you up and start your day off strong! Get to scrubbin’!

Ingredients & Why They Work:

Ground Coffee – This can be taken directly from packaging or you can use coffee grounds that have been used in your coffee machine. The caffeine in coffee, when directly applied to the skin, stimulates blood flow and circulation. This helps with cell regeneration. The ground coffee’s texture is an exfoliant which removes dead cells and loose skin, giving new skin cells an opportunity to receive proper moisture, in this case from the next ingredient.

Olive Oil – Olive oil moisturizes, cleanses, and protects the skin. Most importantly, it penetrates the skin to work on different skin layers. Stretch marks are located beneath the surface of our skin’s outer layers, and we need to penetrate that surface to get to where the actual skin damage is.

What to Do:

1. Ideally, your skin should be clean prior to applying the scrub for the best results. If you’re using coffee grounds from your machine you’re all set on the first step. If you’re using coffee straight from the package, depending on how big the affected area is, pour an adequate amount into a small bowl or container and add enough warm water to moisten the coffee but not drown it.

2. Mix olive oil with the coffee until it has a paste-like consistency. Ideally, the end mix should produce a paste that can stay on your skin for an extended period of time.

3. Once the paste is ready, gently rub it into the area where the stretch marks are present. Apply it on the skin around the area as well. If the stretch mark is the size of a golf ball, apply to the area as if it were a tennis ball. Light and gentle rubs for about 3-5 minutes.

4. Once the paste is applied, leave it on for 20 minutes.

5. After 20 minutes, grab a damp, non-abrasive cloth to wipe away the mixture from your skin.

6. Apply a natural moisturizer to the area 2-3 times throughout the day. 100% African Shea butter is a multi-purpose moisturizer which treats stretch marks, stimulates cellular growth, and repairs damaged skin.

7. This scrub should be repeated once a day until you see a noticeable difference in the area. Different peoples’ skin is different, and depending on the severity of the stretchmarks, some fading can take longer than others. Be patient!

8. If you don’t want to make the scrub daily, you can put the ingredients in an air-tight container to use whenever you need. Store at room temperature.

Sources: Mayo Clinic, Global Healing Center, Livestrong, Frank Body

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31 Comments on "DIY Coffee Scrub for Fading Stretch Marks"

  1. robandmelissaflintrobflint22  September 5, 2014

    IM going to give this a try, 2 kids and about a 100 stretch marks to get rid off 😛 I started the ethosien diet and lost 18 lbs pretty quickly but now i feel like my stretch marks are more visible. I know that they are battle scare but still, would be nice to lighten them some

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    • SkinnyMs  September 5, 2014

      Melissa, All of us moms can relate to that, I'm sure. Good for you on losing 18 pounds:) and I hope you like the scrub.

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  2. Candice  November 18, 2014

    Can coconut oil be used as a substitute?

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    • SkinnyMs  November 18, 2014

      Candice, Yes, coconut oil would be a fantastic substitute:).

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  3. tk thompson  January 14, 2015

    this is great cant wait to try this out i had 6 kids and weigh 135lbs my youngest is a year and 7 months i work out am in good shape eat healthy but the stretch marks are small and flat color of my skin but a little darker and would love to lighten them more and flatten them out more

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  4. sarah  February 11, 2015

    i need to try this
    but may i ask, i red and heard that if they reached the alba stage there isn't much to do , is that correct ?
    i hope it isn't

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  5. Anna  February 14, 2015

    I usually add a bit of vitamin E to my stretch marks, that alone works, but I might add some vitamin E cream with this mixture.

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  6. ella  March 10, 2015

    Could I also add coconut oil?

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    • SkinnyMs  March 11, 2015

      Ella, You sure can!

      Reply
  7. Renee  April 11, 2015

    Was wondering how much of the oil and coffee grounds is called for to make this

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    • SkinnyMs  April 13, 2015

      Renee, Just make sure that all of the coffee grounds are saturated with the oil, so about 1/2 cup coffee grounds and 1/4 to 1/2 cup oil.

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  8. Mari  May 26, 2015

    This is So nice im so goina do this ……:-) thanx

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  9. Elizabeth  June 3, 2015

    Your picture is aesthetically appealing with it not being so dark and brown. I have tried to achieve this but no luck so far. Please help?

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    • SkinnyMs  June 3, 2015

      Elizabeth, you can try adjusting the ratio of coffee to olive oil. Remember, though, this particular recipe is more about the results than the appearance of the scrub. 🙂

      Reply
  10. Col  August 9, 2015

    if you could guess. How long would you think it will take for stretch marks to clear using the coffee scrub? I know you said it may take long for others but yea.

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    • SkinnyMs  August 10, 2015

      It's really difficult to say because results depend on so many different factors. Some people may notice changes in a few weeks, some may not notice for much longer. Even before results are noticeable, however, the scrub will help to exfoliate, moisturize, and protect skin.

      Reply
  11. Cheyanne  January 30, 2016

    Would this be safe to use while still pregnant I know your body can absorb toxins through the skin and I haven’t had any caffeine my whole pregnancy.

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    • Gale Compton  January 31, 2016

      Cheyanne, I would either ask your doctor or postpone using the scrub until after your pregnancy. Always air on the side of caution when in doubt. 🙂

      Reply
  12. thao  February 13, 2016

    what is the shelf life?

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    • Gale Compton  February 14, 2016

      I would recommend using over a period of a few weeks. You can refrigerate but will need to set out before using, since the oil thickens up.

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  13. Bria Johnson  March 11, 2016

    I used Coffee grounds, Extra virgin Olive oil, and white sugar, I am in Desperate need to fade these marks! Are those 3 ingredients Good enough to remove stretch marks??

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    • Gale Compton  March 11, 2016

      Bria, They should help fade the stretch marks but total removal not likely. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist for complete removal. Hope this helps. 🙂

      Reply
  14. Veronicalopez  April 7, 2016

    Does this actually work?
    How long would it take for the stretch marks to remove?

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    • SkinnyMs.  April 8, 2016

      Individual results may vary some, but you should begin to see results in as little as a few weeks.

      Reply
  15. Comsic  April 18, 2016

    Do you use extra virgin olive oil? Also would you recommend adding white or brown sugar to the mix?

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    • Gale Compton  April 18, 2016

      Which ever is available, both are fine. I prefer white for scrubs.

      Reply
  16. Comsic  April 18, 2016

    Thank you so much!! I’m adding a little coco butter too. I’ve spent too much time looking up remedies, yours is so simple and easy so thank you.

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  17. Adella  May 14, 2016

    Can I add some vitamin E oil in this?

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  18. Lily  October 18, 2016

    Should I apply this everyday? If not how many times a week would you recommend to use it ?

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    • Gale Compton  October 19, 2016

      Lily, Initially, try daily for one week then reduce to a few times per week, then re-evaluate. 🙂

      Reply

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