Effects of olive oil on striae gravidarum in the second trimester of pregnancy

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Aug;17(3):167-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.10.003. Epub 2010 Nov 23.


This study was performed in order to determine the effects of olive oil on striae gravidarum (SG) occurring within the second trimester of pregnancy. The intervention group, applied olive oil on their abdominal skin area twice a day until the end of the study term. The control group did not use any oil. Striae occurred in 40% of women using olive oil whilst striae were noted to occur in 50% of the control group. There was no significant difference between the intervention and control groups. This study notes that the use of olive oil to the end of the second trimester in pregnancy was not effective in reducing the occurrence of striae gravidarum.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Olea / chemistry*
  • Olive Oil
  • Plant Oils / administration & dosage
  • Plant Oils / pharmacology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Second
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Skin / pathology
  • Striae Distensae / etiology
  • Striae Distensae / therapy*
  • Treatment Failure
  • Young Adult


  • Olive Oil
  • Plant Oils