Trial centre
Photobiology Laboratory of the Medical University of South Africa.

To assess the efficacy of Bio‑Oil Skincare Oil in improving the appearance of scars.

Subjects: 24 participants, 22 female and 2 male. Scar ages: newly formed to 3 years old. Scar types: range from minor burns to surgical scars (12 major scars, 14 minor scars; 1 participant had 3 scar sites). Age of participants: 18 to 60.

Single-blind (assessor), randomised and controlled. Paired study design allowing for intra-subject comparison. Subjects had matching scars or a scar large enough to allow application to half a scar. Product applied twice daily for 12 weeks to the targeted area. Application performed under supervision at regular intervals. Assessments conducted at 0, 4, 8 and 12 weeks.

Bio‑Oil Skincare Oil improved the appearance of scars in both objective and subjective assessments. 65% of subjects recorded an improvement in appearance at 4 weeks.