Bio-Oil it is not a ‘Miracle Oil’

By | July 25, 2013

bio-oil-13OK, I can see how some people might take my previous review the wrong way. So I just want to maybe rephrase things a bit and say that: it’s great if you’re using Bio-Oil and find that it moisturises your skin, and haven’t aggravated your acne/eczema. My sole purpose in posting this review is just to let people know that Bio-Oil is nothing but scented mineral oil with fatty alcohol and heavy moisturisers; it is not a “miracle oil” in any way; and some of the ingredients it contains may be problematic for sensitive/acne prone skin types, of course this isn’t true for everyone. My point is: with so many other better options available (simple mineral oil being one of them, and for a fraction of the price), why do some people claim this product as their HG is beyond me.

PurCellin Oil is essentially duck preen gland oil

So being someone with post-acne hyper pigmentation and a few scars on my legs, I was curious as to whether or not this stuff is the real thing. So apparently Bio-Oil claims to work by its “breakthrough ingredient” PurCellin Oil. If you happen to stumble upon the company’s website and look under the formulation section, you’ll read that PurCellin Oil is essentially duck preen gland oil. I could not, for the life of me, find any research in any dermatology journals or medical databases which indicates that this particular oil is the miracle product that will fade hyper pigmentation and scars; in fact its only recorded ability seems to serve as a skin moisturiser without appearing too greasy, which is fine. However, PurCellin oil doesn’t seem to be included in the ingredient list of this product at all. Confusing!!

So to sum up the rest of the ingredient list: skin moisturisers like mineral oil (which some people have sensitivity to); a couple of thick and emollient skin moisturisers that may be comedogenic for acne-prone skin; a strong blend of essential/fragrant oils that are known skin sensitizers, and fragrant chemicals that are often used in perfume formulations, and red colouring. So if you’re prone to acne or dermatitis, should you use this product? Probably not. This product definitely represents one of the worst that the industry has to offer!


Mineral Oil, Triisononanoin (penetration enhancer), Ceterayl Ethylhexoanoate (emollient/fatty alcohol; may have SOME comodogenic abilities for some acne-prone skintypes), Isopropyl Myristate (thickener/emollient; may be comodogenic for all skintypes), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (chamomile; essential oil that has skin irritant abilities), Lavender Oil (historically considered soothing, but being a fragrance essential oil it may cause problems for sensitive skin types), Rosemary Leaf Oil (essential oil; skin irritant), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (marigold; may contain essential oil and thereofore may be a skin irritant), Sunflower Seed Oil (natural moisturizer), Soybean Oil (natural moisturizer), BHT, Bisabolol, Fragrance, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate (fragrance; known skin irritant), Citronellol (fragrant chemical), Coumarin (fragrant chemical), Eugenol (clove oil, potent skin irritant), Geraniol (rosewood oil; has no known benefits for skin except being a fragrant essential oil), Hydroxycitronellal (fragrant chemical), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (fragrance allergen), Limonene (fragrant chemical that may cause contact dermatitis), Linalool (fragrance; potent skin irritant when exposed to air), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Red 17 (colouring)

Erin Baines
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