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Stretch marks? Dark spots? Experts say this TikTok-famous oil might help

The classic beauty favorite can also hydrate the skin and help heal sunburn.
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Our skin is easily affected by the slightest of changes, so it's normal to deal with issues such as stretch marks, scars and uneven skin tone on a regular basis. In fact, not even celebrities are immune.

Whether you're putting on your new swimsuit or opting for a sleeveless dress to beat the heat, choosing a product that can help reduce the appearance of scarring and stretch marks might give you the confidence you need for the summer months. While we've long known about (and even tried) the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil, the cult-favorite product is still trending thanks to beauty gurus on — you guessed it — TikTok.

For years, influencers and satisfied users alike have raved about this skin care essential — and still are, with the hashtag #biooil garnering more than 19 million views on the social platform. The multipurpose oil claims to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scarring and uneven skin tone, but TikTok users are also finding that it helps with dehydrated skin, too.

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Can Bio-Oil get rid of stretch marks?

According to New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Hadley King, stretch marks appear whenever our skin stretches or shrinks quickly, causing the collagen and elastin that supports the skin to rupture. While stretch marks cannot be permanently erased, treatments like Bio-Oil can work to reduce their appearance thanks to effective ingredients.

"Bio-Oil contains mineral oil, sunflower seed oil, vitamin E, chamomile oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, marigold extract and soybean oil," King said. "These oils are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants to support and protect the skin."

Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a New York-based dermatologist, told Shop TODAY that he also recommends Bio-Oil to patients to both prevent and treat stretch marks. He noted that the ingredients work together to help protect and strengthen the skin.

"Collectively they hydrate the skin, calm inflammation and support healthy collagen production," he said.

What else can Bio-Oil be used for?

Though both dermatologists recommend the Bio-Oil to treat stretch marks, Amazon customers have also found that it works for a wide variety of skin issues.

The oil has amassed more than 7,000 verified five-star reviews and an overall five-star rating from over 70,000 purchasers who claim to have seen improvement in the appearance of sunburn, scars and dark spots.

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"Bio-Oil is worth the price and I'm glad I was able to score this deal on Amazon because I use it on my face and body every day," wrote one verified purchaser. "It has helped with standard dryness and even cleared up dark marks on my face. It's not too heavy to use on a daily basis either."

Another verified reviewer said they replaced their moisturizer with the Bio-Oil, and that it fulfills all of their skin care needs.

Zeichner also says that the oil can function as an after-sun treatment, helping to quench dry skin after long days spent outside.

"The oils used in the formula offer light, emollient benefits to hydrate the skin and soften the outer skin layer," he said.

Does Bio-Oil really work?

King cited a 2017 study in which "61% of participants indicated that they felt the product improved their skin appearance," but notes that it can take time to see results.

For best results, it's important to thoroughly massage the product into the skin. King says studies have shown that properly massaging the oil for an extended amount of time can help improve the appearance of stretch marks.

No matter which summer skin issue you're trying to target, this expert-approved oil might be the skin care item your regimen is missing.

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This article was originally published on July 14, 2020.