I previously touched on the topic of the forbidden two words: 'stretch marks' here, and in that blog post I mentioned that using Vicks Vapor Rub actually helps to reduce stretch marks. I've tried it and asked several friends and family members to try it, and it also worked for them!

Since this topic is often an issue of concern for so many women (and men!) I thought I should write a proper blog post focusing on using Vicks Vapor Rub to remove stretch marks, like what I did, how to apply, and for how long.

First of all, let me get this point straight: Vicks WILL NOT get rid of your stretch marks, but it IS proven by my experience with it that it does reduce the appearance of them significantly. If you have minor ones they may seem completely invisible. Luckily for my case, I don't suffer from them too much but they are there in certain locations (which I hate).

So the procedure is as follows (you may adjust it according to your schedule, but this is how I like to do it):

  1. Apply Vicks Vapor Rub on affected area before going to bed every evening
  2. cover up the area to make sure it is 'heated', I like to wear tight fitting clothing around the area
  3. Wash/shower in the morning (the smell isn't so great to meet people with)
  4. Repeat the following evening. Do this for at least one week and you should begin to notice a change

This actually worked for three people I know so far, including myself. I would encourage you to try it if you wish to reduce the appearance of stretch marks (who doesn't?). Also, one thing I noticed: you may have to stay consistent with this if you want long term results. 

So what is it in Vicks Vapor Rub that may be responsible for this observation?

I believe it is the eucalyptus oil, which reduces the 'dry' appearance of stretch marks and thus make them look less visible. This is why you have to stay consistent with it if you wish to see long term results. In other words: keep the area moisturized.