Stretch marks are purple, red, or pink streaks on the skin that often occur on the upper arm, breast, abdominal, or thigh areas. These usually fade into silvery or grayish streaks. The problem can be caused by sudden weight gain when the skin expands making parts of the dermis break. There are some factors that can promote the development of stretch marks including some medications, genetics, pregnancy in women and certain health conditions. There are some treatments for the problem but probably topical formulations are the most popular. In this article, we are going to review one of the most popular treatments for stretch marks. It is called Bio Oil. This is a special skincare product that is made to reduce the appearance not only of stretch marks but also of scars and unevenness of the skin when it comes to its texture and color.
Bio Oil can be used to treat dry skin and to moisturize it deeply. It is claimed to be a popular product that has won 135 skincare awards, as reported on the official website of the company. It is also said to be the number one selling stretch and scar mark product in more than seventeen countries since it was launched in 2002. The formula contains a blend of plant extracts and vitamins that are suspended in oil bases. It is claimed to have a light and non-greasy consistency, which ensures that the formula can be easily absorbed by the user's skin. The company behind the product is not very well known. It does not manufacture any other products. The official website is very low-informative and, according to it, the product is manufactured in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice as stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
All of the ingredients used in the formula of Bio Oil are claimed to be tested for microbiological contamination and adulteration before production. However, the official website does not provide the full ingredient list, so we had to do our own research. We found out that the product contains a blend of botanicals including Anthemis nobilis flower oil (Chamomile Oil), Lavandula angustifolia oil (Lavender oil), Calendula officinalis flower extract (Calendula oil), and Rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil (Rosemary Oil). It also contains vitamins vital for the skin health namely tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) and retinyl palmitate (vitamin A). The oil base is made of triisononanoin, mineral oil, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, glycine soja oil, isopropyl myristate, helianthus annuus seed oil, bisabolol and BHT. It also contains fragrances and colouring.
How does the product work? Well, some of the higher mentioned ingredients in the formula are believed to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. Vitamin E is used to strengthen the skin and repair cellular damage; however, its overdosing may be linked to the number of side effects and allergic reactions. Vitamin A is considered to be effective for reducing skin discolorations. It can also carry the risk of allergic reactions. Chamomile extract is meant to soothe the skin and to reduce possible inflammation. This ingredient may cause certain side effects too. The active ingredient in Bio Oil, PurCellin Oil, ensures proper absorption of other ingredients in the formula and to keep the skin well-hydrated. Other ingredients in this skin care product are not provided anywhere online but are said to promote the renewal of skin cells, which is expected to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars along with other skin discolorations.
If you take a closer look at the ingredients in Bio Oil you will see that this topical solution contains not only natural components but also chemical ones. It means that the risk of side effects is rather high. The second concern of ours is that not all ingredients are listed on the site. It can be assumed that the product contains some harmful compounds we are not aware of. The next concern is that the manufacturer does not provide dosage information on the official website, which does not allow us to estimate the effectiveness and safety of the product.
The manufacturer does not say a word about possible side effects of Bio Oil on the official website, but this does not mean that the product is completely safe to use. There are some side effects linked to definite ingredients. For example, Retinyl palmitate can cause itching, scaling, burning sensation, and redness of the skin. Botanical extracts may lead to skin irritation in some people, especially those who have sensitive skin. So, the product may be not suitable for everyone. It would be a good idea to perform skin testing on a wrist area before using Bio Oil. In this way, you will be able to check how your skin reacts to tis product. If irritation or any other allergic reaction occurs, do not use this product.
There are quite many customer reviews about Bio Oil on third-party websites. Many users report that this product didn't do anything to their skin except for making it browner. Those who don't like this oil return their bottles to the company. On woman reports that after nine months of pregnancy she had got stretch marks which were red and itchy. They covered her entire belly and the woman was disappointed because this product turned out to be completely useless. She has been using it religiously for four months and the stretch marks are still there. Some customers are not satisfied with the product's weird smell diff consistency. Let us take a look at some of these reviews.
"Bio Oil was absolutely unwise purchase of mine. It came without safety seal on it, not under the lid or any plastic on the top of the oil. It seems as if someone has used this product or as if it was a repurposed package. The box of the product came smashed and I was afraid to use this. I have sensitive skin and I could experience a bad reaction. It was waste of money."
"Don't use Bio Oil if you are acne prone like I am. Actually I bought this product to treat acne scars; however, it ended up breaking me out terribly. The whole situation got only worse. My dermatologist recommended buying it from on cosdna.com and I really regret I did. It has ingredients in its formula that can cause acne and skin irritation. I am going to give it to someone because I cannot return it."
"Bio Oil seems to be a fake product. I purchased it and as soon as I opened it I understood that it smelt weird. It smells fishy. I have purchased this product before and it did not smell like this. In fact I liked the scent of the original product. I feel so upset. Be cautious with this product."
The product can be purchased from the brand's site or from a number of retail stores. The cost may vary from store to store. Amazon sells Bio-Oil (2oz) at the price of $8.89 plus free shipping.
Each skincare product has its strengths and weaknesses. The major strength of Bio Oil is that it intends to focus on a variety of skin problems like stretch marks, scars, and discolorations. But the major drawback of the product is that it does not work as advertised by the manufacturer. It is said to have a non-greasy consistency; however, many users complain of the texture of this topical solution. The customers are also not satisfied with the smell of the product. The majority of feedback from actual customers seems to have more complaints than praises. People who have tried it often complain of experiencing side effects. Bio Oil contains a lot of ingredients that can be potentially harmful for human use. This increases the risk of allergic reactions to the product's ingredients. Another weakness is that Bio Oil is not clinically tested for safety or effectiveness. With all this in mind, I cannot recommend this anti-stretch mark product to usage.