Bio Oil For Acne Scars – Does It Work Or Break You Out?

What Is Bio Oil

Bio Oil is a brilliant acne scar treatment that has won 126 skincare awards becoming the No.1 scar, stretch mark and skin toner product since 2002. Bio oil is widely used over 14 countries to this date and keeps up its reputation.

Bio oil is a specially formulated oil created for all types of skin. It can be used on:

  • Scars – All types including acne scars, surgery scars and scars from cuts and grazes.
  • Stretch marks – Big and small anywhere on the body
  • Uneven skin tones – Also anywhere on the body
  • Ageing skin – Wrinkles and dehydrated skin

Using bio oil on facial acne scarsIt comes in a small tub and contains the breakthrough ingredient called Purcellin Oil which is the main active ingredient used for penetrating skin and helping damaged tissue and scars improve.

Using Bio oil twice a day will greatly reduce scar size, colour and the surface of the skin that it is applied.

This small orange tub with a noticeable white screw cap can be found at your local pharmacy/drug store or on Amazon here.


Many have claimed this to be a miracle for their skin because it ‘minimises scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tones’ on the surface of the skin. Before you consider buying, trying and using bio oil I strongly suggest you read on to find out what really happens and how to use Bio Oil for Acne prone skin for the best results.

Does Bio Oil Work on Acne Scars?

Acne is a skin condition that produces more oil in around the pores of the acne prone areas, such as the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.

The scars that acne leaves are look generally like holes of all sizes and plenty of them. Bio oil is a great way to help acne scars especially visible ones on the face, chest and back. Applying twice a day will reduce the size of acne scars and help the healing process of all scars in the area.

However there is one problem with Bio oil and acne prone skin. If your acne is active for example, acne breakouts of pimples, blackheads and cysts are recurring everyday then I do not recommend using this scar treatment.

This is because when I was using bio oil on my severe acne before it cleared up, I gained some acne breakouts. I generally think this is because my skin was oily and the oil in the bio oil was helping clog my pores. See my Video Below on How Acne and Bio oil Clash 


Will Bio Oil Make me Break Out? – Why Using Bio Oil as an Acne Treatment Doesn’t Work

Using Bio Oil for acne prone skin is completely different when it comes to the possible side effects that can occur from the ‘Oil’ on oily acne skin. You may or may not know that acne is a build-up of oil, bacteria and dead skin cells in and under the skin which causes eruptions of blemishes, blackheads and pimples. The excess oil on skin from acne and hormonal acne can cause acne breakouts especially when adding extra oil to acne areas.

Breakouts and the opposite effect of clearing skin for acne sufferers can occur because Bio Oil’s thickness can help clog pores. Resulting in inflammation, oily skin and more acne pimples.

People who generally have oily skin from acne will not gain clear skin from using Bio oil. This is not an acne treatment but an effective scar remedy that can greatly help acne scars, not acne.

The best advice would be to use Bio oil on scars where acne is not present. See how I got rid of my acne within a couple of days here.

Bio Oil For Acne Scars back

Bio Oil is more commonly used on scars and shouldn’t cause acne breakouts on areas like arms, legs and lower body because these areas are not prone to acne and instead its helps keep skin hydrated and ageing skin looking clearer.

However if you suffer from dry skin or an adult suffering from acne, bio oil could be more beneficial for you because your acne is not caused by excess oil build up, this will help treat acne effectively and reduce scars.

Tips & Tricks to Use Bio Oil for Best Results

The first thing you will notice when opening a bio oil pot/bottle is the distinctive smell. Like a mix of baby shampoo and washing up liquid. Being an oily liquid it is easily over spread and can be messy whilst applying to the skin. Underneath the cap is a narrow drip hole to prevent too much coming out at one time.

Apply a small amount (pictured) to scarred tissue areas and then gently massage into skin until fully absorbed. Do not over use or apply to much. Dime size amount is more than enough.

Bio Oil is a leading brand and can be bought over most counters but the price can be from higher for Bio Oil in the shops than online. Find the best price for Bio Oil by Clicking Here.

How Did Bio Oil Work For My Acne Scars?

In the first 2-3 weeks of using Bio oil for acne scars on my face and back I noticed a change in colour and swelling.

My scars appeared to fade and risen scars smoothed out. However I still have pot holes in my skin from the evil acne I once had.

I didn’t give up, I carried on. 2 and a half months later my scars had definitely improve all round and they became less noticeable, LIKE ALMOST VANISHED. Especially the big holes I had around my cheeks and side of nose. Would I recommend bio oil for scarring?

Yes, because this oil shown me good results with my acne scars and it will show results on stretch marks, and other types of scars within weeks and definitely within months. The oil helps rebuild skin complexion and digs deep into scars to reduce inflammations, redness and help rebuilding scar tissue.

This is a product that everyone must have on everyone’s shelf.


How to Use Bio Oil on Acne, Scars and Stretch Marks

Directions for bio oil and scars

No more than twice a day morning or night to see best results, should be gently rubbed with the fingertips into the skin. It’s very important to massage in circular patterns and if you do this correctly, improvements will continue to be noticed the longer Bio Oil is used.


1. Pour a small amount (Roughly a 1-2 drops, a little bit goes a long way) of Bio oil onto fingertips. Bio oil is much cheaper online!

2. Massage contents into areas where scarring or stretch marks reside. (Be Careful not to over use, it’s very easy)

3. Massage thoroughly in circular patterns until completely absorbed paying attention to scarred areas.

What bio oil does for acne scars on face and back






In Conclusion

Bio Oil is an excellent way to keep skin moisturised, help scarring and improve the skin but is unfortunately very oily and can cause breakouts on acne prone skin on the back, chest, face and neck. This being said is a general term and every ones skin is different and unique in many ways.

The best option for you if you have acne scars but still have acne is use it with caution as directed and see why this acne treatment is becoming as popular as Accutane.

If you are considering using it on your acne I reassure you that there are a high number of people saying good Bio Oil for Acne Prone Skin and helped there acne scars clear up completely.

Everything is cheaper online these days, treat yourself to a 30ml for here for the same price as a 10ml in store.

2018 Update – Bio Oil is fantastic, however I been using a new treatment which has completely changed my life. Read more about it here.

 Share your Experiences with Bio Oil Below


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  8. Rebecca on January 18, 2014 at 6:41 am said:

    I too have suffered with severe acne for about 8 years and have tried changes in diet, skin regimes and medication. I found that Roaccutane has helped to clear up my acne and bio oil has really helped to clear up my scars as an after treatment! I saw results with bio oil within weeks which is SO FAST considering the time its take for my skin to clear up. However, I do agree with you, it should not be used for people with acne as the oil will most definitely make it worse. Getting gradually clear skin is really boosting my confidence and I believe this product really does work! But as with all ‘acne miracles’, you have to stick with them as they take a few months to make a noticeable effect.

    You have written a really good honest review and it’s really helpful to know exactly how to use it as it is easy to get carried away! You have done a fantastic job and its really refreshing to see (in your videos) your confidence shine through the success of the product! It gives all us sorry-scarred people hope! Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Rebecca

      Your comment is kind and I am really glad that I have helped you understand the benefits of bio oil! It really is great for acne scars and can provide plenty of healing especially for tissue damage!
      Thanks so much for your comment, you have made my day 😀


  9. I squeeze my spots ( i know I shouldn’t) and i have post acne marks left behind which are these red/brown dark circles on my face; would bio oil help fade my dark spots on my face?

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