Bio-Oil is the No.1 selling scar and stretch mark treatment in the UK Ireland.1

Bio-Oil

A specialist skin treatment oil, Bio-Oil has been specifically formulated to:

  • Support the skin during pregnancy and periods of rapid growth to help maximise skin elasticity and reduce the formation of stretch marks (striae)
  • Help improve the appearance of scarring (new and old) and help maintain elasticity of scar tissue on joints and other high mobility areas
  • Hydrate dry skin to improve skin comfort and appearance

It is important to note that no treatment can completely eradicate scarring and striae, and it is vital to manage the patient’s expectation about what results they can expect to see when using any such treatment. There are a range of resources available to help you educate patients on the process their skin goes through as a result of scarring.

Visit our resources page for more information.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Bio-Oil has been formulated with a blend of essential plant oils and vitamins that are known to be beneficial to skin health and appearance. Bio-Oil also contains a unique ingredient called PurCellin Oil™, which lowers the viscosity of the formulation so that it can be easily absorbed into the skin, rather than acting superficially on the surface.

  • Vitamin A – helps improve the skin’s elasticity, texture and tone
  • Vitamin E – increases the moisture content of the epidermis, thereby making the skin softer, smoother and more supple
  • Calendula Oil – a natural antioxidant that has the ability to clarify and stimulate the growth of new skin cells
  • Lavender Oil – calming and soothing benefits
  • Rosemary Oil – helps to invigorate and has mild antiseptic capabilities and thus eases congestion, puffiness and swelling of the skin
  • Chamomile Oil – calms, soothes and is particularly beneficial for sensitive skin

Bio-Oil is hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin. It is not tested on animals.

To hear more about Bio-Oil’s formulation and uses, visit our video gallery on our eLearning page.

Key uses

Scars
Helps improve the appearance of both new and old scars.

Stretch marks
Helps reduce the possibility of stretch marks forming during pregnancy, teenage growth spurts and periods of rapid weight gain, and helps improve the appearance of existing stretch marks.

Uneven skin tone 
Helps improve the appearance of pigmentation marks and blemishes caused by hormonal fluctuations, skin lighteners or excessive sun exposure.

Ageing skin 
Helps smooth and tone ageing and wrinkled skin on both the face and body.

Dehydrated skin
Helps supplement the skin’s natural oils, stripped away by factors such as extreme weather, water with a high chemical content, frequent bathing and the drying effects of central heating and air conditioning.

Precautions

Bio-Oil should not be used on broken skin so please advise that patients and clients wait until their skin is fully healed before applying.

Oils vs. creams

Oxidisation affects the potency of ingredients. Unlike creams, which are water-based and allow oxygen to oxidise the ingredients and affect the quality of vitamins, oils provide a better storage environment.

The Patient Perspective

Tricia Shannon

After battling breast cancer, Tricia is proud of the scar that shows she survived.

Tricia was diagnosed with breast cancer – multiple invasive tumours and node spread She needed a breast removed and lymph nodes removed. She chose not to have reconstruction because (in her case) it would have meant “harvesting” a strip of shoulder muscle, and as she loves to rock-climb she would have lost too much power and mobility.

She then had aggressive chemotherapy and more surgery to finish removal of the lymph nodes. She chose a second round of surgery rather than radiotherapy, again, because she wanted to maximise her long term mobility. This all means that she has a stunning scar from her sternum to the back of her arm-pit. Stunning because it is perfectly straight and flat, no wrinkles or puckers, to her it is clean and beautiful – she is proud of it because it represents that fact that she has overcome cancer.

When it was new, Tricia says that it itched as it healed. Her friend Gemma sent her a bottle of Bio-Oil as it had really helped her scar when she had pins put in her ankle. Tricia started using it twice a day. Then she started using it on her face too. At her check-ups the surgeon commented on how well it was healing and how the skin was recovering from the trauma really well.

It is now nearly 2 years since the second surgery and she still regularly oils her scar after she showers. The chemotherapy has left her skin really sensitive – many of the creams and cleansers she used before now make her skin red and rough, but she says that Bio-Oil always leaves her skin soothed and soft. Tricia is now cancer free, and getting better and stronger and fitter every day.

Frequently Asked Questions
  Availability and stockists

Will Bio-Oil cause acne?
Bio-Oil has been independently tested and proven to be non-comedogenic, which means it does not cause acne or spots. Even though Bio-Oil is an oil, it is known as a ‘dry oil’ which means it rapidly absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy residue, so will not cause breakouts. Vitamin A is one of the active ingredients in Bio-Oil, this vitamin is often used in treatment products to address problem skin. A tip is, always follow a good skin care regime of cleanse, tone and moisturise. Less is always more with regards to application.

Is it safe to use Bio-Oil during pregnancy?
Yes, Bio-Oil is safe to use throughout pregnancy. With regards to the level of vitamin A in Bio-Oil, it is low enough to render it harmless to the unborn child. Most healthcare professionals agree that for safety, the daily intake of vitamin A by an expectant mother should not exceed 5,000 I.U per gram. Taking absorption factors into account, an expectant mother would have to use more than 110ml of Bio-Oil per day, or almost two 60ml bottles, before exceeding the recommended daily maximum intake.

Can Bio-Oil be used on babies?

We recommend that Bio-Oil is not used on babies until they are over two years of age. Even though the fragrance level in Bio-Oil is very low (0.2%), and the essential oils contained in the product are of a very low concentration, young babies are very sensitive, so as a precautionary measure we would not suggest using it on them. If you do apply Bio-Oil to your child please take care to avoid areas near the eyes and mouth.

Is it safe to use Bio-Oil while breastfeeding/nursing?
It is 100% safe to use Bio-Oil on your body while breastfeeding/nursing. However, we would not recommend using it on the nipples – although Bio-Oil is non-toxic, babies are very sensitive and we do not recommend that they ingest Bio-Oil, even in the very smallest amounts. If you are in any doubt, please consult your GP.

  Formulation and expiry

Will Bio-Oil cause acne?
Bio-Oil has been independently tested and proven to be non-comedogenic, which means it does not cause acne or spots. Even though Bio-Oil is an oil, it is known as a ‘dry oil’ which means it rapidly absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy residue, so will not cause breakouts. Vitamin A is one of the active ingredients in Bio-Oil, this vitamin is often used in treatment products to address problem skin. A tip is, always follow a good skin care regime of cleanse, tone and moisturise. Less is always more with regards to application.

Is it safe to use Bio-Oil during pregnancy?
Yes, Bio-Oil is safe to use throughout pregnancy. With regards to the level of vitamin A in Bio-Oil, it is low enough to render it harmless to the unborn child. Most healthcare professionals agree that for safety, the daily intake of vitamin A by an expectant mother should not exceed 5,000 I.U per gram. Taking absorption factors into account, an expectant mother would have to use more than 110ml of Bio-Oil per day, or almost two 60ml bottles, before exceeding the recommended daily maximum intake.

Can Bio-Oil be used on babies?

We recommend that Bio-Oil is not used on babies until they are over two years of age. Even though the fragrance level in Bio-Oil is very low (0.2%), and the essential oils contained in the product are of a very low concentration, young babies are very sensitive, so as a precautionary measure we would not suggest using it on them. If you do apply Bio-Oil to your child please take care to avoid areas near the eyes and mouth.

Is it safe to use Bio-Oil while breastfeeding/nursing?
It is 100% safe to use Bio-Oil on your body while breastfeeding/nursing. However, we would not recommend using it on the nipples – although Bio-Oil is non-toxic, babies are very sensitive and we do not recommend that they ingest Bio-Oil, even in the very smallest amounts. If you are in any doubt, please consult your GP.

  Uses and application

Will Bio-Oil cause acne?
Bio-Oil has been independently tested and proven to be non-comedogenic, which means it does not cause acne or spots. Even though Bio-Oil is an oil, it is known as a ‘dry oil’ which means it rapidly absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy residue, so will not cause breakouts. Vitamin A is one of the active ingredients in Bio-Oil, this vitamin is often used in treatment products to address problem skin. A tip is, always follow a good skin care regime of cleanse, tone and moisturise. Less is always more with regards to application.

Is it safe to use Bio-Oil during pregnancy?
Yes, Bio-Oil is safe to use throughout pregnancy. With regards to the level of vitamin A in Bio-Oil, it is low enough to render it harmless to the unborn child. Most healthcare professionals agree that for safety, the daily intake of vitamin A by an expectant mother should not exceed 5,000 I.U per gram. Taking absorption factors into account, an expectant mother would have to use more than 110ml of Bio-Oil per day, or almost two 60ml bottles, before exceeding the recommended daily maximum intake.

Can Bio-Oil be used on babies?

We recommend that Bio-Oil is not used on babies until they are over two years of age. Even though the fragrance level in Bio-Oil is very low (0.2%), and the essential oils contained in the product are of a very low concentration, young babies are very sensitive, so as a precautionary measure we would not suggest using it on them. If you do apply Bio-Oil to your child please take care to avoid areas near the eyes and mouth.

Is it safe to use Bio-Oil while breastfeeding/nursing?
It is 100% safe to use Bio-Oil on your body while breastfeeding/nursing. However, we would not recommend using it on the nipples – although Bio-Oil is non-toxic, babies are very sensitive and we do not recommend that they ingest Bio-Oil, even in the very smallest amounts. If you are in any doubt, please consult your GP.

  Safety

Will Bio-Oil cause acne?
Bio-Oil has been independently tested and proven to be non-comedogenic, which means it does not cause acne or spots. Even though Bio-Oil is an oil, it is known as a ‘dry oil’ which means it rapidly absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy residue, so will not cause breakouts. Vitamin A is one of the active ingredients in Bio-Oil, this vitamin is often used in treatment products to address problem skin. A tip is, always follow a good skin care regime of cleanse, tone and moisturise. Less is always more with regards to application.

Is it safe to use Bio-Oil during pregnancy?
Yes, Bio-Oil is safe to use throughout pregnancy. With regards to the level of vitamin A in Bio-Oil, it is low enough to render it harmless to the unborn child. Most healthcare professionals agree that for safety, the daily intake of vitamin A by an expectant mother should not exceed 5,000 I.U per gram. Taking absorption factors into account, an expectant mother would have to use more than 110ml of Bio-Oil per day, or almost two 60ml bottles, before exceeding the recommended daily maximum intake.

Can Bio-Oil be used on babies?

We recommend that Bio-Oil is not used on babies until they are over two years of age. Even though the fragrance level in Bio-Oil is very low (0.2%), and the essential oils contained in the product are of a very low concentration, young babies are very sensitive, so as a precautionary measure we would not suggest using it on them. If you do apply Bio-Oil to your child please take care to avoid areas near the eyes and mouth.

Is it safe to use Bio-Oil while breastfeeding/nursing?
It is 100% safe to use Bio-Oil on your body while breastfeeding/nursing. However, we would not recommend using it on the nipples – although Bio-Oil is non-toxic, babies are very sensitive and we do not recommend that they ingest Bio-Oil, even in the very smallest amounts. If you are in any doubt, please consult your GP.

  Clinical evidence

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