The effect of Aloe vera gel and sweet almond oil on striae gravidarum in nulliparous women

J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2018 Jul;31(13):1703-1708. doi: 10.1080/14767058.2017.1325865. Epub 2017 May 19.


Background and objective: Striae are linear depressions of the skin and causes psychological and sexual problems in person. Different methods are used to prevent and treat them but there is no definitive method. We compared the effect of Aloe vera gel and sweet almond oil on striae gravidarum.

Materials and methods: In this double-blind clinical trial, 160 nulliparous women were enrolled and randomly divided into three case groups and one control group. The four groups were given 700 g Aloe vera, sweet almond oil, and base cream to use topically on the abdominal skin and forth group don't receive any medication as control group in five steps, they were examined study's variables (itching, erythema, and spread of striae) using statistical tests in SPSS.

Result: The findings showed that Aloe vera and sweet almond oil creams are more effective than the base cream and the control group to decrease itching and erythema and to prevent the spread of striae on the surface of abdomen (p < .05); however, all three creams had a similar effect on the diameter and the number of striae (p > .05).

Conclusions: Aloe vera and sweet almond oil creams reduce the itching of striae and prevent their progression.

Keywords: Aloe vera; Striae; sweet almond oil.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Adult
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Erythema / classification
  • Erythema / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Gels
  • Humans
  • Plant Oils / administration & dosage*
  • Plant Preparations / administration & dosage*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / drug therapy*
  • Pruritus / classification
  • Pruritus / drug therapy
  • Striae Distensae / drug therapy*
  • Young Adult


  • Aloe vera gel
  • Gels
  • Plant Oils
  • Plant Preparations
  • almond oil