Raw Shea butter has been a major beauty product for so many years. Some people say Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba had used shea butter for beauty purposes as well. But what exactly can this butter do and what does it contain?

Let’s discuss it shall we?

Raw Shea butter in a glass bowl

Does Shea Butter Contain Vitamin E?

Yes, shea butter contains sufficient amounts of vitamin E. It contains tocopherol which is otherwise known as vitamin E.

Does Shea Butter Contain Latex?

Yes, 10% of natural latex is found in all plants including Shea butter.

Shea butter contains a type of latex or protein. Individuals with type B latex allergies can react to it. Although, there isn’t any record of anyone with a latex allergy reacting to Shea butter, this is because the amount of latex/protein in it is usually very little.

However the amount of the latex differs in Shea butter due to the way it’s processed or made.

Does Shea Butter Contain Ceramides?

No, shea butter doesn’t contain Ceramides. Rather, it is a phytoceramide. A Phytoceramides is a plant-derived ceramide. Let’s break it down– Phyto stands for plants while ceramides are naturally oils or lipids that form 50% of the epidermis, which they keep hydrated and protect.

Ceramides are the key to keeping your skin moisturised, young and glowing, because they are the glue that holds skin cells together.

Shea butter is a great moisturiser for the skin because it is a phytoceramide. So if you suffer from dry skin, Shea butter in its raw form will do your skin a lot of good. Shea butter is also great for treating conditions like ezcema, dermatitis and rashes.

Does Shea Butter Contain Collagen?

Although, Shea butter doesn’t contain collagen, it helps to boost and improve the production of collagen. It contains triterpenes. Triterpenes are naturally occurring chemical compounds that deactivate collagen fiber destruction.

Shea butter contains vitamin F. Vitamin F is a combination of two essential fatty acids that makes the skin stay soft, moisturised and hydrated. Thus making the skin retain its elasticity.

Does Shea Butter Fade Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks occur due to rapid weight gain or weight loss that causing damage to the collagen and elastin in the skin. When stretch marks occur they are usually red and inflamed. Shea butter has anti inflammatory properties and can reduce the redness and inflammation, thus causing the appearance of stretch marks to seem reduced.

Stretch marks fade with time, they can go from red or purple to white or light pink. Application of Shea butter may help speed up this process, but it will not completely remove the marks.

Does Shea Butter Reduce Stretch Marks?

Shea butter acts as a strong moisturizer and hydrator. Which means it’s keeps the skin soft, moisturised and supple. Stretch marks are less likely to appear on soft skin. In situations where they do appear, they are greatly reduced.

Shea butter also reduces and improves the appearance of stretch marks. This is because it evens out skin tone, reduces wrinklage, and soothes skin.

However, if you desire to remove your stretch marks permanently or want them greatly reduced, Shea butter can’t do that. On the other hand cosmetic procedures can. Here are some of these procedures;

  • Microneedling
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Laser therapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Pulsed dye laser therapy
  • Fractional CO2 laser therapy
  • Excimer laser therapy
  • Radio frequency

MICRONEEDLING

This procedure involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilized needles. This act caused microscopic wounds on the skin that trigger the skin to produce more collagen and elastin as a healing response. This leads to an increase in skin elasticity which prevents new stretch marks and reduces the current ones.

MICRODERMABRASION

This cosmetic procedure is done by blowing crystals into one’s skin with a hand held device. The skin is going to appear smooth, scar free after this procedure.

LASER THERAPY

Laser therapy is a process where a strong beam of light to cut, burn, or destroy tissue. It has been shown to be very efficient on the treatment of stretch marks.

CHEMICAL PEELS

This is the burning of the top layer of your skin with glycolic acid to boost new skin growth. This doesn’t permanently remove stretch marks but can improve their appearance.

ULTRASOUND THERAPY

This therapy uses ultrasound waves to stimulate and the trigger the skin to produce more collagen. This inturn causes the skin to regain it elasticity.

PULSED DYE LASER THERAPY

This procedure involves a blast of light which is usually painless been used to relax the blood vessels under the skin that cause stretch marks.

FRACTIONAL CO2 LASER THERAPY

This procedure has higher chances of removing old stretch marks. It is non-invasive procedure that uses a specially made of carbon dioxide laser to remove damaged skin.

EXCIMER LASER THERAPY

This treatment for stretch marks involves targeting the marks with safe ultraviolet-B light. Although, it can take from one to four months for even out stretch marks.

RADIO FREQUENCY

This uses radio wave energy to create heat. It triggers your body to produce more collagen.

Is Raw Shea Butter Good For Stretch Marks?

Absolutely, 100% raw unrefined Shea butter is great for stretch marks. Raw Shea butter is rich in Vitamins A, E and F– these play a key role in maintaining skin elasticity and improving collagen production.

By improving skin elasticity and collagen stretch marks, Shea butter prevents the appearance of stretch marks and reduces the appearance of existing marks.

Is Raw Shea Butter Comedogenic?

Raw shea butter has been ascertained by many to be non-comedogenic. This means that it can easily absorbed into the skin without clogging the pores.

However, the American Academy of Dermatology claims that Shea butter is actually comedogenic and can lead to acne especially on acne prone skin.

Is Raw Shea Butter Safe During Pregnancy?

Yes, it is extremely safe to use raw shea butter during pregnancy.

Raw Shea butter not only hydrates and moisturises the skin, it can play a part in the prevention of stretch marks. It is best to apply it before the stretch marks appear. You can start application of raw Shea butter at the end of the first trimester.

Published by Peace Eke-Efeme

Hey, I am Peace. I discuss health, beauty and skincare related issues with hopes of helping my readers pave their way through a stress-free life, one article at a time.