For scars, dehydrated skin and stretch marks – does Bio Oil really work?

by xin on September 19, 2012

If you often frequent pharmacies or looking for a remedy for stretch marks, Bio Oil is certainly not something new to you.

It is a product claims to:

Bio Oil is a specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.

Bio Oil

House in a simple plastic bottle, with a generous amount of 60ml at an affordable price, there’s nothing to complain about the packaging at all.

It’s not a pure essential oil, so the ingredients are steady enough to be store in plastic. However, I like my oils in glass bottles better. It somehow attracts me to use it more 😉

If you notice it on the bottle, it says: Contains the breakthrough ingredient – Purcellin Oil.

It looks pretty harmless…but upon checking, purcellin oil is actually an oil derived from ducks! It’s a substance secreted from the duck skin to keep their feather waterproof!

I like my roast duck…but using it on my skin just feels a little funny.

Bio Oil on palm

The oil has a running texture but it feels really greasy, the absorption is slow so it will take you some time to get used to it.

It contains mineral oil and a long list of fragrance. It might put some people off as it can potentially clog pores especially if you want to use it on the face. I personally will use what works for me regardless of what it might contain.  However, the artificial fragrance is too over powering and lasting.


Apply twice daily for a minimum of 3 months. During pregnancy apply twice daily from the start of second trimester.

Overall thoughts:

For face – Having tried this on my face and can’t say I like it. It felt really greasy and the absorption takes a really long time.  I am not sure how effective it is to help with acne scars as I can’t stand the long-lasting and over powering unnatural fragrance.

For body – I use it mainly as body oil instead of treating stretch marks, I find that the cellulite and stretch marks on my thighs have significantly reduced ever since I started cycling.  And for stretch marks, there is really no prevention. You can only moisturize it, and lighten the appearance. I usually use it on my feet and legs so I don’t really get the fragrance traveling up to my nose.

For hair – It works the best on my hair and just a tiny bit at the ends and it is an instant treat to dry hair! Be careful not to over apply as it will turn your hair really greasy.

In conclusion, I won’t advice you to try this if you have irritable nose and oil skin. If you like this to be a multi purpose oil, it will work great as an all-in-1 and the packaging is travel friendly.

I prefer my oil to be simple. Given a choice, I would pick a pure oil or just a blend of 2 or 3 oils without artificial fragrance. Adding vitamins to oils are simple, you can just pop a Vit E capsule and mix well and it can help to preserve your home made lotion or body oil.  For any oils with essential oils, it’s recommended to use it after your first trimester when everything is settled down and well, as certain oils can trigger or regular menstrual flow, eg cedarwood, peppermint, juniper, angelica, chamomile, myrhh, jasmine, ginger…and etc.

If there’s a vote for all rounder oil – my choice will be pure rosehip oil simply because of the simplicity and overall goodness.



Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)


Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Oil base

Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Triisononanoin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Myristate,Glycine Soja Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, BHT, Bisabolol

Fragrance (Rose)

Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone , Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol,Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool

RM 32.95 (60ml)
RM 54.95 (125ml)
RM 74.95 (200ml)
Availability: Most pharmacies
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plue September 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

okay, am staying away from this. maybe i’ll try trilogy’s rosehip oil…
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xin September 20, 2012 at 11:57 am
Choi Yen September 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I applied this when I was pregnant and I’m stretch mark free now!
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xin September 20, 2012 at 11:58 am really works for stretch marks?
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Vivi September 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I was never attracted by this oil due to the mineral oil… i hate mineral oil and this is coming from a Vaseline Petroleum Jelly EX-addict, lol.

Anyway, totally understand the gross factor of having bird oil on your face. I felt the same way when I first learned about “emu” oil but I was very curious why a lot of people were raving about it so I gave it a try. Before using it, I was half-expecting I’ll smell like scrambled eggs. But turned out that it didn’t have any smell at all and was actually quite suitable for me.
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xin September 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

i had the same disgusted feeling when I read about emu oil, but it’s such a highly raved oil! i might place an order for it if I order from GoW again. I don’t mind about mineral oil so much but I really can’t stand the artificial fragrance!
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