What is Bio-Oil? Bio-Oil is a specialist skincare for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing skin and dehydrated skin. Bio-Oil can improve the appearance of your skin with its combination of plant extracts and vitamins, suspended in an oil base. Your skin’s outer layer is made of oil which allows Bio-Oil to be easily absorbed for intense moisturisation for your face and body.

Bio-Oil has the remarkable ability to improve the appearance of skin

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Does Bio-Oil work?

Bio-Oil contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin OilTM, which works by reducing the thickness of the formulation, meaning Bio-Oil is easier and quicker for the skin to absorb. This also makes Bio-Oil a highly effective fast-acting, specialist skincare treatment that can be used to improve the appearance of skin complaints including:


Bio-Oil is specially formulated to help improve the appearance of both new and old scars, including acne scars. Bio-Oil can be used once the scar has fully healed and should not be applied to broken skin or a wound.

Although Bio-Oil will never remove scars fully, it can help improve the appearance of scars through regular use. For best results, it is advised Bio-Oil is massaged in a circular motion into the scar, twice daily, for a minimum of three months.

Stretch marks

Bio-Oil can help reduce the possibility of stretch marks forming. Often, those most likely to be affected by stretch marks are pregnant women, body builders, adolescents undergoing sudden growth spurts and individuals who experience rapid weight gain. Bio Oil can also help improve the appearance of existing stretch marks, although it will never remove them fully.

Uneven skin tone

Bio-Oil can help improve the appearance of pigmentation marks and blemishes caused by hormonal fluctuations, skin lighteners or excessive sun exposure. Bio-Oil should be applied to the affected areas, including your face, twice daily, for a minimum of three months.

Ageing skin

Bio-Oil can help smooth and tone ageing, sagging and wrinkled skin on both the face and body.

Dehydrated skin

Bio Oil works by helping to replenish the skin’s natural oils, which can be stripped away through time. Extreme weather conditions, water with high chemical content, frequent bathing and the drying effects that central heating and air conditioning systems can all dehydrate your skin.

Bio-Oil gel

Bio-Oil dry skin gel alleviates signs and symptoms of dry skin with its unique gel-to-oil formulation. Enriched with vitamins and essential oils, specially selected to improve your skin through moisturisation. Unlike traditional moisturisers that contain high levels of water, Bio-Oil gel’s specialist formulation is 87% oil, which allows for easy absorption and the benefit of intense moisturisation. Like the original Bio-Oil, Bio-Oil gel is available in three sizes 50ml, 100ml and 200ml, both online and in-store in the UK.

Bio-Oil frequently asked questions

  • How do I use Bio-Oil?

    Bio-Oil should be massaged into the skin on your face and body in circular motions until it is fully absorbed. You should apply the oil twice a day, this can be before bed, when you’re getting ready in the morning or whenever suits you. For best results it is recommended that you use Bio-Oil for a minimum of three months, however, please bear in mind that results will vary. You can start to use Bio-Oil on scars as soon as they are healed, the skin should not be broken or have an open wound.

  • Is Bio-Oil tested on animals?

    No, Bio-Oil is not tested on animals. Bio-Oil also contains no animal-derived ingredients, making it suitable for vegans.

  • Can Bio-Oil be used for acne?

    Acne and spot prone skin is as individual as the person experiencing it, it is recommended that you seek professional advice when it comes to acne treatment. However, Bio-Oil can be used on acne scars once they have healed and the acne is no longer active, as it can help to improve the appearance of scars.

    In independent testing, Bio-Oil has been proven to not cause spots, break outs or acne, due to it being non-comedogenic and a ‘dry oil’. The oil rapidly absorbs into the skin on your face and body without leaving a greasy residue, so it can be used on oily skin. Just remember that when it comes to application, less is more.

  • Can I use Bio-Oil for pregnancy stretch marks?

    Yes, Bio-Oil is safe to use before, during and after your pregnancy. Bio-Oil can be used when you’re breastfeeding too, however even though it is safe it is recommended that you do no apply the oil to your nipples.

    The levels of vitamin A in Bio-Oil are low enough to not affect your unborn child, however if you are concerned, please talk to your healthcare professional. Bio-Oil can help with the appearance of stretchmarks that can be seen on the skin during pregnancy, it can be applied as soon as new stretchmarks appear. Bio-Oil works best on older stretch marks and should be used for a minimum of three months.

  • Does Bio-Oil help eczema?

    Although Bio-Oil can relieve dry, dehydrated, red and itchy skin - the symptoms of eczema. It has not been formulated as a treatment for eczema, instead it is a cosmetic product with low levels of fragrance, not a cure.

    A pharmacist or healthcare professional will be able to offer advice and check that Bio-Oil is suitable for you to use if you have eczema or psoriasis. Bio-Oil can help with scars caused by eczema, but it can only be used on healed scars, not broken skin or wounds.

  • Can you use Bio-Oil on your face?

    Yes, Bio-Oil can be used on your face, including lips to help with facial scarring. For best results use the oil twice a day on healed scarring, a couple of drops should be enough. Simply apply to your face in circular motions until fully absorbed.

    Many people like to use the oil at night as part of their overnight skincare routine to lock in moisturise and hydrate skin. You can also use Bio-Oil as an extra to your moisturiser and other skincare products, although Bio-Oil is moisturising enough to use on its own. Just remember to apply Bio-Oil before other products for maximum absorption.

  • Can I use Bio-Oil on my tattoo?

    Yes, once fully healed you can use Bio-Oil original or gel to moisturise your tattoos as it helps to accelerate skin cell growth. Only use Bio-Oil if your tattoo is fully healed, there should be no broken skin, scabs, wounds or peeling skin. Bio-Oil will not fade the colours in your tattoo, and it can be used on tattoos that have scarring. However, you should always speak to your tattoo artist for aftercare and healing advice.


Please remember that results will vary from person to person and to follow the instructions stated on the label.