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Reader reviewed and recommended: Bio-Oil

Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin
June 11, 2009 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 2 Comments
Reviewed by Stephanie

In April I won the opportunity to try the Bio-Oil product (around $10), which I had been attracted to due to its multitasking assistance with: Scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin, dehydrated skin. I’ve got those issues, so you can see why I was interested in the product.

I’m particular with what I put on my skin as it is sensitive and problematic; I have eczema, anything too rich causes me to break out, and my skin is easily irritated. One reason why I love the TIA Web site is that many of the contributors also have sensitive skin; I’ve discovered many new favorite products through the reviews here.

I’ve been using the Bio-Oil product since the 2nd week of May for the following issues: stretch marks, discoloration and hyperpigmentation, dry skin, wrinkles. I chose not to use the product on my face for fear the oil would be too much for me so I chose problem areas on my body.

Let me begin by describing the product: it’s a light-rose colored oil in a squeezable bottle. The product sinks into the skin rapidly after a bit of rubbing to assist. There is a very mild fragrance of the product within the bottle but once applied to the skin, there is no discernible scent.

As for results, allow me to address each issue:

Scars - I’ve used it on a 3-year old purple-ish scar, which resulted after a sample treatment from a skin-resurfacing tool called Portrait.  The product appears to have lightened the scar.

Stretch marks - I’ve not seen any change to the stretch mark area I’ve been treating, but these marks are old, and it may take longer to achieve results.

Aging/dehydrated skin - I’ve been using the product on my hands at night, and have noticed a slight change in terms of the skin being less dry. When the skin becomes dry, the aging symptoms are still noticeable.

Hyperpigmentaiton - I’ve used the product on an area of my arm which has brown hyperpigmented spots; this area has been there for several years, and has noticeably faded with the use of the product.

This product is inexpensive, and one receives a large amount of product fo rhte money. I think the product does a good job at fading scars and discolration, and htat is what I would recommend it for. After a month’s use, I have barely made a dent in the bottle, but pending the appearance of my scars, when the bottle runs out I would definitely purchase this product.

I am hopeful that one of the amazing staff of TIA can assist in deciphering the following list of ingredients:

Paraffinum Liquidum, Triisononanoin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, BHT, Bisabolol, Parfum, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, CI 26100
  • August 18, 2017

    by Carmel

    I am 85. Had Tptal Knee replacement in my seventies. I was left with a horrible long scar. My son brought me up a bottle of Bio Oil. I used it three times a day until the bottle was empty. I have a beautiful neat scar now. I since bought a new bottle and put in on my knee about three times a week. I now use it on an old appendix scar which I have for 60 years and would you believe the horrible scar is looking better. Regards Carmel.

  • September 1, 2009

    by Stephanie

    So, I wanted to post an update, as I would like to rescind my recommendation.

    Relating to my above observations:

    no stretch mark improvement

    aging/dry skin- this product didn't address the aging, and the dryness returned as soon as I washed my hands- no long term results.

    hyperpigmentation- while the product did lighten an affected area, it also produced clogged pores. I decided to pursue other means of removing the discoloration. Luckily, TIA provides several different worthwhile methods.

    the scar I was treating returned to its previous discolored state shortly after I stopped using the product.

    If anyone has questions, please let me know.


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