Bio Oil Review: Side Effects - GOOD vs BAD

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Bio-Oil simply promises to reduce scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin, and dehydrated skin, with its breakthrough ingredient PurCellin oil.

Bio-Oil simply promises to reduce scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin, and dehydrated skin, with its breakthrough ingredient PurCellin oil.

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No promises of completely removing or totally vanishing any scars/stretch-marks. Bio-Oil simply promises to reduce scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin, and dehydrated skin, with its breakthrough ingredient PurCellin oil. The non-greasy and light formulation ensures that it gets easily absorbed by the skin.

Bio Oil Ingredients

Bio Oil formulation is a blend of vitamins and plant extracts that are suspended in oil bases. The primary ingredient is mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum) and the substance that is most credited for the product's healing ability is PurCellin. The blend of botanicals includes Calendula officinalis flower extract, Lavandula angustifolia oil, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil, Anthemis nobilis flower oil. It also contains vitamins connected to skin health namely Retinyl palmitate and Tocopheryl acetate. The oil base is made of mineral oil, triisononanoin, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, isopropyl myristate, Glycine soja oil, Helianthus annuus seed oil, BHT and bisabolol. It also contains colouring, fragrances and various chemicals, such as benzyl salicylate and Alpha-isomethyl Ionone and so.


Hydrates (moisturizes) dry skin but does not make it oily.
Lessens (evens out) the appearance of blemishes & scars
Smoothens (fades out) the pregnancy stretch marks.
Reduces wrinkles by improving the collagen and elastin.


Sides & bottom of the container could gets oily easily and leaves oil on dresser.
Liquid paraffin may cause breakouts in some individuals, with a history of severe acne.
Botanical extracts may cause skin irritation to those who have very sensitive skin


The Bio Oil website recommends using it a minimum of 3 months, for uneven skin tone or facial scars. Massage in a circular motion until the formulation is fully absorbed by the skin. Use it every night along with your usual skin care routine, for maximum effectiveness.


Bio Oil is to be used on non inflamed skin with no open wounds and is not to be taken internally. Do not use on broken skin. It would be best to perform skin testing on a small area first before using Bio Oil to check for skin irritation or an allergic reaction. In the event that skin irritation occurs, kindly discontinue further use. For individuals that have any skin condition or are using a topical medication, consult a dermatologist before using this product.

Charcteristics of BIO OIL Ingredients

PurCellin: The primary ingredient PurCellin Oil ensures maximum absorption and keeps the skin hydrated. PurCellin is a synthetic form of the preening oil produced by ducks and other water fowl to stay afloat in water. Natural soaps and lotions have long been made from duck oil. Bio-Oil is the first product to use a synthetic form of the substance.
Mineral Oil: Benefit of Mineral oil, a petroleum product is sometimes questioned. Some people feel that it is unhealthy for the skin because it clogs pores in the skin, ultimately drying it rather than healing it. Others argue that mineral oil traps the body's natural moisture and guards it against the drying elements in the air.
  • Rosemary(Rosmarinus Officinalis) oil is a great antiseptic and antibacterial oil that has been found to reduce inflammation and facilitate the healing of micro wounds. 
  • Chamomile oil or the Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil is great for evening the skin tone and other pigmentation issues. Many find the scent causes sneezing and hay fever like symptoms. 
  • Lavender(Lavandula Angustifolia) oil is a soothing oil that works as a great antioxidant and is known to reduce skin damage. 
  • Calendula(Calendula Officinalis) oil is the main moisturizing agent that calms and clarifies and is great for dry skin. 
  • Sunflower(Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil is a great multipurpose oil for the skin.
  • Soybean(Glycine Soja) Oil is a good multipurpose oil used for the skin. 
Retinyl Palmitate or Vitamin A is known to reduce skin discolorations. Tocopheryl Acetate or Vitamin E strengthens the skin and helps repair cellular damage. Triisononanoin is a skin condition that helps other ingredients absorb more thoroughly into the skin. Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate is a skin and hair conditioning agent. Isopropyl Myristate is a safe binding agent that is often derived from animals. Bisabolol is known to have anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Citronellol is a masking agent that is generally recognized as safe even for food use.

The Truth about BIO OIL

  • Coumarin found in the seeds of the Tonka Bean, is found in this product as a fragrance ingredient. Even comparatively small quantities of coumarin can cause liver damage when it enters the blood stream. 
  • BHT used as a preservative is a likely carcinogen and is classified as expected to be toxic or harmful. 
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone is considered relatively safe but is known to irritate the skin and trigger allergic reactions for some people. 
  • Eugenol (Clove oil) is a denaturant and fragrance component that is subject to restrictions on its use in perfumery. 
  • Farnesol, a skin sensitizer, is used as a deodorant in cosmetic products because of its anti-bacterial activity. 
  • Geraniol is a toning agent that is classified as "Toxic materials causing other effects" and considered a severe eye (and moderate skin) irritant. 
  • Hydroxycitronellal is an odorant used in perfumery. Cosmetics are only approved for it's use under 1% concentration. 
  • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, a fragrance component is identified as the cause of contact allergic reactions in 2-3% of eczema patients. 
  • Limonene, used as a fragrance, is a mild skin irritant. Limonene-1,2-oxide (formed by aerial oxidation) is a known skin sensitizer. It is also flammable. 
  • Linalool is a masking fragrance that can be absorbed by skin causing irritation, allergic reactions and is potentially unsafe to an unborn child. 
  • CI 26100 is officially classified by the FDA as a red colorant (Red 225) and data has shown this to have bioaccumulative effects. 
  • Parfum ia an artificial fragrance that could lead to skin reactions. 
  • Amyl Cinnamal in fragrances is classified as an “allergenic” substance that could cause potential sensitization. 
  • Benzyl Salicylate is an UV absorber that has salicylic acid as a component, which is not to be used by pregnant women.

Final Verdict: 

The truth is that Bio Oil is definitely brimming with toxins. I strongly recommend the Pregnant and Nursing women to definitely avoid this product. For others - the Decision is upto you!

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