After reading many reviews of the use of Bio Oil in treating acne scars there seem to be enough positive responses to consider using this product to treat acne scars. Bio Oil may not totally erase acne scars and certainly not in a short period of time but with prolonged and consistent use it can fade the scars significantly and also has the added benefit of evening out the skin tone and keeping the skin moisturized, soft and supple.
Firstly, What Is Bio Oil?
Bio Oil is a formulated product containing various plant oils as well as Vitamin A & E and a product called Purcellin Oil. It also contains fragrance (rose) and color.
Purcellin Oil is a laboratory manufactured oil to resemble the preen gland oil of ducks. While preening ducks will secrete an oil from their preen glands and then distribute this over their entire body. As a result, this oil creates a non-greasy, thin layer over the surface of the duck’s feathers which basically repels water.
It is this particular ingredient that allows Bio Oil to be easily absorbed into the skin and therefore will not encourage your skin to produce excessive sebum. Many people believe that oily skin is bad and so they use products to dry their skin out. This actually has the opposite effect as your skin’s natural response is to then produce more oil which is needed to keep it hydrated.
A lot of people who have used Bio Oil regularly have reported that their skin feels incredibly soft and hydrated without excessive oiliness.
What Plant Oils Does Bio Oil Contain?
Bio Oil contains Calendula Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil and Chamomile Oil. Lets look at these oils individually to see what their benefits are:
Calendula Oil comes from a pretty flowering plant, marigold (Calendula Officinalis). This lovely oil can stimulate the production of collagen around wounds and minimize scarring. The oil is distilled from the flower petals. Calendula oil has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and is often used in different skin care preparations for its soothing and softening abilities.
Calendula contains high levels of carotenoids which are Vitamin A like compounds and help speed up the healing process. Calendula oil is also useful for treating other skin ailments like sunburn, bed sores, diaper rash and dermatitis.
Lavender Oil is derived from the lavender plant (Lavandula angustifolia) and is actually a herb. Lavender oil has both anti-septic and anti-fungal properties and these naturally can help reduce scarring and promote faster healing. Lavender oil is also known to tone and firm the skin as it helps to boost circulation which in turn increases the supply of oxygen and nutrition to the skin cells. This in itself can help the skin cells to regenerate faster which of course means increased healing of scar tissue.
The healing benefits of lavender oil were first discovered in 1910 by French chemist Renee-Maurice Gattefosse who suffered severe burns to his hands in an explosion in his laboratory. After extinguishing the burns by rolling on a grassy lawn both hands were covered with a rapidly developing gangrene. He rinsed his hands with lavender oil which stopped the gasification of the skin and healed the burns very quickly and with minimal scarring. As you can guess from this story, lavender oil is very beneficial in treating minor burns as well.
Other benefits of lavender oil include temporary headache relief, improving sleep, helps ease upper respiratory complaints, relief of menstrual symptoms, eases symptoms associated with nausea, colic and flatulence, warms painful joints plus can be a handy insect repellent and can ease the pain associated with insect bites and stings.
Rosemary Oil is derived from the herb Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinallis) and is commonly used in cooking. Rosemary oil has anti-microbial and antiseptic qualities which help with skin healing. This oil can also help tone the skin and remove dryness. As with Lavender oil, Rosemary oil has the ability to accelerate cell regeneration making it very useful in the treatment of scars.
Rosemary oil can also help to lighten dark spots on the skin and has properties which helps the skin to retain its softness and suppleness. This useful oil has also been shown to balance androgen and estrogen in the body so can be very useful for anyone suffering from hormonal acne.
Other benefits of Rosemary oil include helping to relieve muscular tension including headaches, temporary relief for arthritic and rheumatic pain, helps fight mild upper respiratory complaints, can relieve symptoms associated with digestive upsets, and can be very useful for memory retention so can help concentration levels during long study periods.
Traditionally knows as the calming oil, Chamomile Oil is extracted from the flowers of Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis). Chamomile is well known for it calming properties and is quite effective in reducing redness and irritation, often in a matter of seconds. Its anti-inflammatory properties make this possible. Because chamomile oil is anti-allergenic it can be very effective in treating acne by removing toxins and cleaning sebaceous glands.
Other benefits of using Chamomile oil include helping to ease stress and tension, temporary relief of headaches and sleeplessness, ideal for gastrointestinal discomfort, can ease muscular pain, eases stiffness and swelling in joints and is very soothing for minor burns, wounds and other skin disorders such as dermatitis, psoriasis and cold sores.
What Does Vitamin A & E Do For Your Skin?
Now lets look at the benefits of vitamin A & E:
Vitamin A (Retinyl palmitate) thickens and stimulates the dermis which is the skin layer containing collagen, elastin and blood vessels. It also has the ability to repair the cell structure of the epidermis (outer layer) which is why it is useful in healing scar tissue. Vitamin A also has the ability to decrease the clustering of melanin granules which can reduce brown spots and pigmentation. Another benefit of Vitamin A is that it decreases sebum production thus reducing excessive oiliness.
Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate) is an antioxidant which can protect and repair your skin. Antioxidants are well known to neutralize free radicals which are free flowing molecules produced by your body after being exposed to damaging environmental factors such as ultraviolet rays that can damage collagen and create skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E can also be helpful in the repair of damaged skin cells as it stimulates the production of connective tissue growth. This again can be useful in healing acne scars.
In conclusion, after looking at all the benefits of the individual ingredients contained in Bio Oil, it would suggest that this product can indeed be useful in treating acne scars.