So what about Bio-Oil?
Bio-oil is a product promoted as “the product for scarring and skin care”, but when we look at the ingredients its hard to see why anyone would ever want to put it on their body!
What's in it?
Like Johnson's Baby Oil, the Bio-Oil base is mineral oil, a bi-product of petroleum and not designed for use on our skin as mineral oil acts as a layer that’s difficult to absorb, it clogs the pores which slows the skins' ability to eliminate toxins.
- Botanicals. Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil) Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil) ...
No problem here as these oils are actually good for your skin but, they exist in a quantity too small to be of much value other than counteracting the other potentially more harmful ingredients.
- Vitamins. Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
A study by U.S. government scientists suggests that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight (NTP 2012).
- Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
Tocopheryl acetate is considered a moderate hazard by the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetics Database, which notes concerns regarding cancer, contamination of hydroquinone (an FDA-restricted whitening compound), and organ system toxicity. The CIR demonstrates strong evidence that it is a human skin toxicant, and in vitro tests on mammalian cells showed positive mutation results, linking it to cancer. A study at Tel Aviv University found that indiscriminate intake of vitamin E can cause more harm than good (source).
- Oil base. Paraffinum Liquidum.
To put this simply, and Paraffin or Paraffin based product is toxic. Although mineral oil is highly advantageous, it also has several disadvantages. For example, mineral oil increases the risk of cancer in rats that are irradiated twice a week for twenty weeks. Mineral oil can also cause health problems if absorbed in tissue, may prevent essential nutrients from reaching the intestines, as well as cause temporary incontinence of the bowels. Mineral oil should never be inhaled as it can prevent the lungs from absorbing air particles, thereby causing asphyxia. Petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin's ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Used in many products (baby oil is 100% mineral oil!) Any mineral oil derivative can be contaminated with cancer causing PAH's (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Manufacturers use it because it is unbelievably cheap.
A triester of glycerin and a branched chain nonanoic acid considered relatively harmless.
- Fragrance (Rose) Parfum.
“A rose may be a rose,” reports EWG. “But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.”
- Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
A human immune system toxicant or allergen
- Colour. Orange: CI 26100 (Red 17)
These are both toxic believed to have caused cancers and other health problems.
This is such a problem as our skin is one of our biggest illuminative organs in our body, and if our skin is clogged up with all of this mineral oil and other know toxins as is found in the bio-oil, how is our skin supposed to do its job ?
Its almost like putting glad wrap on our skin, preventing things from penetrating through it but also prevents skin from being able to breath properly. Mineral oil is dangerous if swallowed or inhaled and if its not good to eat, so we should not be putting it on our skin.
Sure any oil will soften skin for a while and regular massaging will help to soften scar tissues, but in the long term most experts agree that it may cause more long term harm with prolonged use.
If you want to reduce the appearance of any scars, use any good quality massage oil and for greater effectiveness, add pure rosehip oil and vitamin E. So if you use Bio-Oil, you may get more than you bargained for.