Bio Oil is a skin care oil used primarily for the treatment of scars. This product has been a big hit with many pregnant women who are suffering from stretch marks and for those who are looking for a good anti-ageing product. This has made many women wonder if all of this can be done with just one product. What makes Bio Oil interesting for this reviewer is that many scar treatment products available over-the-counter is not really very effective. Since I am not pregnant but have some scars left over due to my acne days I decided to try this with a co-worker who had just given birth. With this in mind we decided to try out the product and do a Bio Oil review.
Before purchasing we decided to do a little bit of research. Upon inspection we discovered that Bio Oil is composed of PurCellin Oil, a manufactured version of the preen oil secreted by ducks. This oil helps duck feathers become waterproof. The oil recreation acts as an effective delivery system for the product’s other ingredients, speeding up absorption and improving spreadability. It also contains Vitamins A and E, Lavender, Calendula, Rosemary oil and Chamomile.
My friend and I were especially curious about Bio Oil because it specifically targets scars. So far my Bio Oil feedback is a good one. While my acne scars are not too deep, it’s the blackish pigmentation that I really hate. While this can be effectively covered by a good foundation, there are times when I am still very self-conscious about it. My Bio Oil feedback after several weeks of using twice daily is that it does seem to reduce the size of the scar and lighten its color.
After months of usage, I see no further development on the size or color of my scars but my skin did feel smoother and highly moisturized. However, I think that for the product to work effectively (i.e. make scars totally disappear) it has to be used on new scars and not old ones.
My friend was very religious in using her Bio Oil. She started using the product during the late stages of her pregnancy and continued to do so months after giving birth. She applied Bio Oil on her breasts, thighs and stomach. According to her, the Bio Oil experience has been positive so far. Stretch marks become less visible with continued use and color has also become much lighter. Her skin also feels more supple and smoother than before.
What we don’t like about this product and would like to share in this Bio Oil review is that even with the PurCellin oil which is said to be a thinner version of the duck oil, the product still feels oily and heavy. It will take time before the product is absorbed by the skin so it can be a pain to apply especially if you’re in a rush. It should also be said that Bio Oil cannot prevent stretch marks; it just makes them less visible. Bio Oil also has no active anti-ageing ingredient but can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles as it smoothes and re-hydrates the skin.
Bottom line for these Bio Oil reviewers: good product if used long term. It makes a good night moisturizer and can even out skin tone. The downside: the oily feeling.
Bio Oil Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Vitamin A, Benzyl Salicylate, Isopropyl Myristate, Triisononanoin, Vitamin E, Roman Chamomile Flower Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Eugenol, Sunflower Oil, Soybean Oil, BHT, L-Alpha, Fragrance, Amyl Cinnamal, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Calendula Flower Extract, Hydroxyisohexl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone
Bio Oil Side Effects: Based on our research and use, we did not find or experience much in the realms of side effects with Bio Oil. However, because Bio Oil does contain many oil based ingredients it may cause oily skin or break outs on the area where you apply the product. If you notice break outs or believe you may be prone to them, it may be recommended to lower the amount applied or to try a different skin care product.
Bio Oil Pricing: $11.99 – $34.99 per bottle.