Bio-Oil Reviews - Bio Oil Liquid PurCellin Oil for Stretch Marks and Scars
Posted on 10 September 2017
Bio-Oil Liquid PurCellin Oil for Stretch Marks. If you’re suffering from stretch marks – caused when the skin of the dermis layer stretches and tears, which occurs when the collagen and elastin proteins of the dermis aren’t strong enough to support the tension – you’ve likely researched numerous products in search of the perfect formula to erase existing stretch marks while preventing new ones.
One popular product on the market, Bio-Oil, is a stand-out among other products. It is available for approximately $10 and is available on nearly every drug store shelf or retail outlet, meaning it has an excellent marketing team behind it.
But does that product work? That’s what you want to know, and that’s what we’re going to find out.
Bio-Oil is a best-seller packed with nutrients
Bio-Oil was released in 1987, and by 2002 it had launched globally, becoming the best-selling scar and stretch mark treatment oil on the market in 24 countries.
It contains natural botanicals that are well-suited to improving skin health, including lavender, calendula, chamomile and rosemary oils to heal, as well as the skin-friendly antioxidants vitamins A and E along with the proprietary blend PurCellin Oil, which helps reduce the thickness of the oil, allowing the nutrient-dense formula to help penetrate beneath the skin’s surface where scars and stretch marks can be healed.
The formula includes:
- Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract. Calendula oil helps soften skin, so it can improve the texture of scar tissue.
- Lavandula Angustifolia Oil. Lavender oil helps promote the production of collagen and elastin, strengthening the dermis layer so stretch marks are less likely to occur.
- Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil. Rosemary oil helps soften and smooth skin while helping improve skin tone, reducing appearance of scars.
- Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil. Chamomile oil contains properties that help reduce the appearance of scars, along with moisture to improve scar tissue’s texture while improving the elasticity of skin.
- PurCellin Oil. This propriety blend is a synthetic version of an oil secreted by ducks to keep their feathers waterproof and flexible. It also allows the formula and its botanical to better absorb into human skin.
- Tocopheryl Acetate. Vitamin E is a skin-friendly antioxidant that helps protect collagen and elastin protein cells from free radical damage. It while hydrating skin with welcome moisture that keeps it supple and pliable.
- Retinyl Palmitate. Vitamin A helps encourage the production of new collagen and elastin skin proteins, strengthening the skin’s dermis layer so skin is less likely to tear.
Is Bio-Oil a Scam?
Based on the reviews, Bio-Oil is likely not a scam, although there is some question over the benefits of the main ingredient, PurCellin oil, the proprietary ingredient that brings the most power to the formula.
“PurCellin oil has absolutely no research proving it affects the skin concerns that Bio-Oil is touted as being able to treat,” said skin-care experts in a review, who called Bio-Oil a “poor product that should not be taken seriously because it simply doesn’t make scars and stretch marks less apparent. All this can realistically do is provide some moisturizing benefit.”
Still, Bio-Oil has a 79 percent approval rating on Amazon (four or five stars), where the majority of satisfied users have given it a five-star rating.
“This stuff is pretty amazing,” said one five-star reviewer. “It’s really helped to fade my skin discoloration. A little goes a long way, so you don't use up the bottle quickly.”
Of the negative reviews of three stars and below, many said the product did not have any noticeable effects on their stretch mark scars. One reviewer said she saw no benefits even after years of regular use.
One Amazon reviewer also pointed out that there may be a Bio-Oil impersonator on the market, and advised buyers to watch for product boxes that say “Helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin and dehydrated skin,” rather than ones that say “specialist skincare for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing skin and dehydrated skin.” A little detective work finds that one is a British label and the other is an American box. Both are the same formula, and Bio-Oil is the highest-rated scar and stretch mark treatment and prevention product in the United Kingdom as well.
Bio-Oil, which advertises in most women’s magazines, is available in most superstores, department stores, and drug stores as well as through Amazon.com, but it is missing one key scar treatment ingredient, and the manufacturers do not offer a money-back guarantee.
Does Bio-Oil Work?
While Bio-Oil is an excellent moisturizer, it is missing silicone, which traps in moisture, sealing in essential oils and other nutrients so they can work more effectively.
Most experts say silicone is an essential ingredient if scar treatment products are to be effective.
According to the results of a 2011 study, silicone helps better heal scars on rabbit test subjects that rabbits that were not treated with silicone.
“Topically applied silicone gel is an effective treatment in the management of hypertrophic scars,” said experts from the Laboratory for Wound Repair and Regenerative Medicine’s Division of Plastic Surgery at Chicago’s Northwestern University.
Bio-Oil may be popular, and its moisturizers may make it a good option as a stretch mark preventative, but for healing existing scars and marks, a product with silicone may be a more effective option.