What Is Bio Oil & Does It Really Work As It Claims?

Found in drugstores across the world, Bio Oil is a topical skincare product that is a simple combination of natural oils, plant extracts, and vitamins. This product became available worldwide in 2002 and is now the best-selling solution for scars and stretch marks in over 10 countries. This combination of oils stands out from competitors because it isn’t too greasy to be used on the face and has multiple other uses. Keep reading to learn why and how people use this popular skincare product and what consumers have to say about its effectiveness.

What’s in it?

You’ll see the ingredient PurCellin Oil listed on the front of the box. Rumored to come from ducks, PurCellin Oil is really just a trademarked name that the manufacturer uses for a combination of some of the ingredients. Made up mostly of plant oils and vitamins, Bio Oil does contain a few “potentially harmful” ingredients that have women questioning its safety during pregnancy.

“Potentially” is the key word here; there is so far no proof to say that using this skincare product during pregnancy is anything but safe for mommy and baby. The oil is in fact marketed to pregnant women. When doctors recommend staying away from ingredients like Vitamin A and BHT, they mean not to ingest them. Using topical products that contain small amounts of these ingredients is perfectly safe. Keep in mind that you should test any topical cream or oil on a small patch of skin away from the face before using it on a large area in case of irritation. Click here to read the US National Library of Medicine’s report on BHT in which scientists conclude it is safe for use in cosmetics.

Why use it?

This head-to-toe “miracle” product has lots of uses, the most common being scar removal and the prevention and removal of stretch marks. You can also use Bio Oil to:

  • Hydrate dry skin/lips/elbows/knees
  • Prevent frizzy hair
  • Hydrate a dry, itchy scalp
  • Remove eye makeup and hydrate the eye area
  • Combat signs of aging
  • Add a spa-like feel to any bath
  • Treat uneven skin, sun damage, and age spots
  • Treat discoloration from burns
  • Improve keratosis pilaris and eczema symptoms
  • Keep tattoos hydrated and colorful
  • Prime the face for makeup
  • Soothe sunburns
  • Protect cuticles and keep them healthy
  • Massage
  • Make powder eye shadow look creamy for a modern, wet look
  • Keep skin from cracking during cold, dry winters

How to use it

bio oilAlthough this skincare product can help fade stretch marks caused by pregnancy and weight gain, it’s best to use it throughout the pregnancy to prevent stretch marks from ever appearing. The company recommends starting use during the second trimester. Use it twice a day for best results in areas like the belly, lower back, breasts, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Many women find massaging bio oil into the skin a pampering experience, especially when someone else does the massaging!

With scar removal, your results will be best if you start to apply this ointment to the area twice a day as soon as the skin has healed (perfect for post-surgery scars). No matter what part of the body you are moisturizing, you don’t need to use much. During application, use gentle circular motions to rub the liquid into your skin. Let it sit for 20 minutes before applying anything else to the area (such as makeup).

It’s important with any beauty product that you have realistic expectations. Although this skincare product can definitely help fade scars caused by acne, but it will not get rid of current acne or stop breakouts. Despite the fact that this popular product is non-comedogenic, it might not be the best solution for individuals prone to or currently suffering from breakouts. Speak to your dermatologist if you are considering using any oil or skincare product on your face in conjunction with acne.

You can purchase a 4.2 ounce bottle for about $12 on Amazon or find it at drugstores like Walgreens ($20.99 for 4 oz.) and CVS ($19.99 for 4.2 oz.).

User Recommendations & Stories

bio oil 2You must be patient when using any anti-aging or beauty products. Users who experienced excellent results applied twice a day for many months. For example, one woman explains that she started applying the oil on her post-pregnancy stretch marks and they disappeared after 6 months. Another woman reports that after a skin irritation it took just 2 months of regular application before discoloration faded and the area appeared smooth, toned, and healthy. This oil isn’t just for women! Body builders use it to prevent stretch marks on quickly-swelling muscles.

Consumers love this product because it can be used on virtually any skin type or condition from wrinkles to rosacea. As a bonus, this product has a light scent and absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving any residue. It’s a great option for those with sensitive skin looking to heal and/or hydrate. An example routine from a 66-year-old woman: morning and night, wash the face with a mild soap and then apply witch hazel with a cotton ball. Next, apply a few drops of Bio Oil. This routine helps this grandmother maintain an even skin tone, hydrate dry skin, and keep wrinkles at bay. Many grandmothers out there thank this combination of oils for their youthful skin.


This combination of vitamins and oils has a 4/5 star rating, which is excellent for any skincare product. The best way to gauge the effectiveness of any product is by real user feedback. As you can see from the above comments, user feedback is overwhelmingly positive.

When shopping for this product, always opt for the brand name. Since almost anyone can use it, it’s a great choice if multiple individuals in the same household will be using this skincare product. The price may appear steep, but you only need a few drops during each application. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and there are many people who see no results. Overall, however, it seems to be a great option for healing the skin and there are very few instances in which irritation or allergic reaction occurred. If this oil doesn’t work for you, users recommend trying coconut oil, Mederma scar gel, Vitamin-E, or Argan Oil. Click here to read about a creative use for oil. Click here for more skincare tips.


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