Key Uses and Ingredients

Specialist Skin Care

Bio-Oil is a specialist skin care product which will help to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone and dehydration.

For best results, Bio-Oil should be applied twice daily for at least 3 months.

7 Wonders of Bio-Oil

  • 1 Bio-Oil is a blend of natural plant oils and vitamins
  • 2 Bio-Oil contains the unique ingredient PurCellin Oil™
  • 3 Bio-Oil is rapidly absorbing, leaving the skin non-greasy, often referred to as a 'dry oil'
  • 4 Bio-Oil is proven to get results – this is evident from our clinical trials and personal recommendations
  • 5 Plant extracts and natural essential oils have been used for centuries to soothe, calm and harmonise the skin helping it to achieve optimum skin health
  • 6 Bio-Oil contains Vitamin A and E. Vitamin A benefits ageing skin, stimulating cell renewal. Vitamin E is proven to improve the skin hydration
  • 7 Bio-Oil is used on: scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, dehydrated, ageing skin

Discovery of PurCellin Oil™

Oils have always been the most effective agent for the treatment and care of the skin, but due to their thick consistency were not very skin friendly. For years scientists searched for a solution to this problem. In the end it was the study of the preening habit of ducks which provided the clue. When preening, preen gland oil is secreted from the preen gland and distributed over the feathers. The duck does this funny twisted neck action, if you've ever noticed!

PurCellin Oil™ helps deliver all the benefits of the natural plant oils and vitamins into the skin

Key Ingredients

Purcellin Oil™

Bio-Oil's trademarked ingredient

Calendula

Stimulates growth of new skin cells

Rosemary

Eases congestion, puffiness and swelling of the skin

Vitamin E

Increases the moisture content of the epidermis, thereby making the skin softer, smoother and more supple

Key Ingredients

Lavender

Soothing effect on dry and itchy skin

Chamomile

Cooling and soothing effect on the skin

Vitamin A

Helps improve the skin's elasticity, texture and tone

Where did the idea for PurCellin oil™ come from?

  • Observing ducks preening themselves
  • Working in a garden growing vegetables
  • Reading scientist text books
  • None of the above

For best results Bio-Oil should be used for a minimum of

  • Once a day for three months
  • Twice a day for three months
  • Once a day for six days
  • None of the above

The benefits of vitamin A and E on the skin are

  • To heal and soothe the skin
  • Vitamin E stimulates cell renewal
  • Vitamin A calms skin
  • Vit. A treats ageing skin stimulating cell renewal and Vit. E is proven to improve the skin hydration
  • None of the above

Best practice for scar
management

What is a scar?

A scar is a growth of collagen that forms as a natural part of the healing process following an injury to the skin. While a scar will go through numerous changes as it matures, it will never attain the normal strength of the surrounding skin. Hair follicles and sweat glands at the scar site will not grow back.

Why do we scar?

When an injury to the skin occurs, the body acts as quickly as possible to repair the affected area, devoting its energy and resources to healing quickly rather than perfectly. As a result, there is an overproduction of collagen at the site of the wound which leads to scarring.

Why are we concerned about our scars?

The average person has 3 scars

It is interesting to know that men regard their scars as status symbols whereas women are much more self-conscious and wear clothing to conceal theirs.

7 Scar Facts

  • 1 Bio-Oil helps to improve the appearance of new or old scars
  • 2 Bio-Oil can be used on scars caused by accidents, burns, surgery, insect bites, scratches or even conditions such as acne or chickenpox
  • 3 Bio-Oil knows that everyone's skin heals differently, the final appearance of a scar will vary from individual to individual
  • 4 Factors like skin type, scar location, type of injury, age and even nutritional status will play a role in determining what a scar will look like
  • 5 Bio-Oil is the No.1 selling scar product (IRI, HBA/OTC, 52 w/e 19th April 2014)
  • 6Bio-Oil is the most recommended product for scars by pharmacists
  • 7 Evidence confirms that the improvements in the appearance of the scars are maintained even after use of Bio-Oil is discontinued

How to apply Bio-Oil to a scar

  • Apply to clean skin
  • Massage in a firm circular motion until fully absorbed
  • Less is more
  • Apply twice daily, for a minimum of three months
  • Should not be applied to an open wound or broken skin
  • Bio-Oil's results will vary from individual to individual

Customer Scenario Advice

Young man: Fell over whilst playing football and cut his knee 2 days ago.

Advice: The wound is still healing. Bio-Oil should not be used on this wound yet.
Wait until the knee is fully healed and the skin is not broken.

Customer Scenario Advice

Consumer: Burned her arm on an iron over 5 years ago. Skin has healed but she is now left with a brown pigmented mark on the arm.

Advice: Bio-Oil can help with this problem. Advise that Bio-Oil is applied twice daily for a minimum of three months for results to be seen.

Customer Scenario Advice

9 month old baby: Baby has recently had chicken pox. One of the spots has left a scar above the eye.

Advice: Bio-Oil is recommended to be used on children above the age of two, due to a small percentage of synthetic fragrance which may cause sensitivity on a younger skin.

Customer Scenario Advice

Teenage girl: Young girl who has previously suffered from acne and was left with scarring on the face would like to use Bio-Oil to reduce the scars but is worried Bio-Oil will cause acne to come back.

Advice: Bio-Oil is safe for use on acne scars. Bio-Oil has been independently tested and proven to be a non-comedogenic product, which means that it does not cause acne or spots. Bio-Oil can be used on the skin on both the face and body without concern for breakouts.

The average person has?

  • No scars
  • Scars on their knees
  • 3 scars
  • None of the above

Bio-Oil should not be applied to?

  • The face
  • Open wounds or broken skin
  • Stretchmarks
  • None of the above

Bio-Oil can help improve the appearance of scar caused by?

  • Accidents, burns and surgery
  • Insect bites and scratches
  • Chickenpox and acne
  • All of the above

Best practice for stretch
mark management

What are stretch marks (striae)?

Stretch marks form when skin tissue tears when it is stretched. This often happens during periods of rapid weight gain, for example during pregnancy.

Pregnant skin also contains high levels of a hormone that attracts water, relaxing the bonds between the collagen fibres and making the skin tissue more susceptible to tearing. While they pose no risk at all, many women have concerns about their appearance.

How common are they?

  • 83% of women have stretch marks1
  • Stretch marks rank as number 8 in our top 10 body concerns2
  • 1 in 5 men have stretch marks1

[1]Survey of 3,000 men and women, carried out by One Poll, March 2011
[2]Confidence survey of 7,000 UK women (March 2012)

Where do they occur during pregnancy?

Stretch marks generally become visible during the last trimester of
pregnancy and develop most commonly on the abdomen, breasts,
thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks.

Do all women get them?

Age – Interestingly, it has been found that as you get older, you are less likely to develop stretch marks*

Genes – Studies show that if your mother was prone to stretch marks in all likelihood you would be too. In the same study it was found that 81% of women with pregnancy stretch marks had pre-existing stretch marks*

* Chang AL, Agredano YZ, Kimball AB. Risk factors associated with striae gravidarum. J Am Acad Dermatol 2004; 51:8811-5

7 stretch mark facts

  • 1 Bio-Oil helps to improve the appearance of new and or existing stretch marks.
  • 2 Bio-Oil can be used on stretch marks caused by pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss, teenage growth spurts and body builders.
  • 3 Bio-Oil knows that stretch marks develop most commonly on the abdomen, breasts, thighs, hips, lower back, buttocks and shoulders of body builders.
  • 4 Factors like skin type, scar location, type of injury, age and even nutritional status will play a role in determining what a scar will look like.
  • 5 Bio-Oil is the No 1 selling stretch mark product (IRI, HBA/OTC, 52 w/e 19th April 2014)
  • 6 Majority of midwives who know Bio-Oil, would recommend it1
  • 7 Bio-Oil is the most recommended product for stretch marks by pharmacists2

[1] Survey of 177 midwives, Opinion Health, April 2012 [2] Survey of 120 pharmacists, Opinion Health, July 2013

How to apply Bio-Oil to stretch marks

  • Apply to clean skin
  • Massage in a firm circular motion until fully absorbed
  • Less is more
  • Apply twice daily, for a minimum of three months
  • Bio-Oil's results will vary from individual to individual

What causes stretch marks?

  • Pregnancy
  • Weight gain, weight loss
  • Growth spurts
  • Body building
  • All of the above

What do stretch marks look like?

  • Bumps on the skin like a rash
  • Flat or raised red or white lines
  • Brown patches on the skin
  • None of the above

For best results Bio-Oil should be used for a minimum of?

  • Once a day for three months
  • Twice a day for three months
  • Once a day for six days
  • None of the above

Bio-Oil clinical trials

Bio-Oil has been awarded the Skin Health Alliance's dermatologically accredited mark.

The SHA mark is an independent assurance that products have met a standardised set of skin safety requirements that are not set by the manufacturer or brand, but which have been agreed upon by leading international dermatologists and skin scientists. The SHA scientific committee who reviewed the research on Bio-Oil agreed that the research undertaken and the trials carried out into Bio-Oil met and on occasion surpassed the standards required for this prestigious award.

Does Bio-Oil work for: Stretch marks

In a clinical trial, after 8 weeks, 100% of subjects showed an improvement. The extent of the improvement at 8 weeks was more than double than at 2 weeks.

Trial details

  • 38 female participants
  • Varied ethnicity
  • Aged 18 to 65
  • Various stretch marks causes including post pregnancy, weight gain or adolescent growth spurts

proDERM institute for applied dermatological research, Hamburg, Germany 2010

Does Bio-Oil work for: Scars (general)

In a clinical trial, after 8 weeks, 92% of subjects showed an improvement in the appearance of their scars.

Trial details

  • 36 female participants
  • Varied ethnicity
  • Aged 18 to 65
  • From newly formed scars to 3 years old
  • Located on abdomen, leg, arm, neck, knee, trunk and upper body.

Please note: Bio-Oil can be used on new or old scars but you should advise that customers ensure their wound is fully healed before applying.

proDERM institute for applied dermatological research, Hamburg, Germany 2010

Does Bio-Oil work for: Scars (acne)

In an exploratory study on facial acne scars, Bio-Oil reduced the redness of macular (flat) acne scars, with the overall skin becoming brighter.

In a self-assessment, 84% of subjects experienced an improvement in the overall condition of their acne scars and more than 90% experienced an improvement in the colour of the scar.

Acne count and sebum measurement results taken during the trial showed that using Bio-Oil does not cause or aggravate acne or increase sebum secretion.

Trial details

  • 44 Chinese subjects aged 14 to 30 with newly formed acne scars on the face (<1 year old)
  • Bio-Oil treatment cell included 32 subjects and the no treatment cell included 12 subjects.

Dept. of Dermatology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China. 2012

Does Bio-Oil work for: Dehydrated skin

A single application of Bio-Oil was assessed for its ability to improve stratum corneum (top layer of the skin) barrier function and hydration against a reference oil.

After immediate application, both oils reduced transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Two hours later, after wiping the oils from the skin's surface, Bio-Oil showed further increased TEWL values compared to the reference oil, indicating increased moisture release and therefore increased skin hydration

Photobiology Laboratory of the Medical University of South Africa 2011

Is Bio-Oil suitable for...?

Although these clinical trials demonstrate that Bio-Oil can work quickly, please always advise that it should be used twice daily for a minimum of 3 months to help manage people's expectations.

Is Bio-Oil suitable for...?

Sensitive skin
Yes, Bio-Oil was found to be a non-irritant product for subjects with sensitive skin. In a clinical test, no subjects experienced any adverse reactions to Bio-Oil.

Acne prone skin
Yes, Bio-Oil does not cause or aggravate acne or increase sebum secretion and has been clinically tested and found to be non-acnegenic and non-comedogenic.

Pregnant women
Yes, Bio-Oil is safe to use throughout pregnancy.

Is Bio-Oil tested on animals?
No, Bio-Oil contains no animal-derived ingredients and is not tested on animals. Bio-Oil is a member of Beauty Without Cruelty International.

Can Bio-Oil be applied to acne prone skin?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Only if there are no skin spots
  • Only for certain skin types

What percentage of subjects noticed an improvement in the appearance of scars after 8 weeks of using Bio-Oil?

  • 0%
  • 31%
  • 78%
  • 92%

What type of stretch marks has Bio-Oil been clinically proven to improve?

  • Pregnancy stretch marks
  • Weight gain stretch marks
  • Stretch marks caused by adolescent
  • Growth spurts
  • All of the above

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