Pregnancy is a time where the woman’s body goes through miraculous changes to bring a new life into the world, and along with it comes many physical and emotional changes.
The most visible physical change will be to her skin, with the most common conditions being pigmentation, acne and stretch marks, all of which can affect a woman’s confidence during her pregnancy journey.
Up to 75% of pregnant women will experience pigmentation or melasma caused by hormonal changes. Increased production of melanin can result in the forming of dark patches on certain parts of the face such as the upper lips, nose, cheekbones and forehead.
Another very common condition caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy is acne. While some mums-to-be are blessed with the celebrated pregnancy “glow”, others may face elevated hormonal levels that causes over production of sebum that can lead to acne, reddened and inflamed skin, and eventual scarring that could remain for months.
Although melasma and acne are often temporary and will disappear after baby’s arrival, the uneven skin tone and unsightly scars can significantly impact the confidence of mothers during pregnancy.
A more long-term skin condition that affects 90% of pregnant women is stretch marks (striae gravidarum), which happens when the body grows faster than skin can keep up with and usually occurs from the second trimester onwards. When this happens, skin can feel uncomfortably dry and itchy while the stretched skin can leave behind markings that can remain visible years after delivery, making stretch marks number 8 in the top 10 body concerns for women.
Worry not as Bio-Oil is formulated specially to help mums look and feel better. Trusted by thousands of mothers worldwide, Bio-Oil is clinically proven to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, new and old scars and stretch marks, making it the No. 1 selling scar and stretch marks product in 23 countries including Malaysia.It is derived from a unique blend of plant extracts such as chamomile, lavender, rosemary and calendula oils; and vitamins A & E, as well as breakthrough ingredient, PurCellin Oil™ that helps skin absorb the goodness quickly, leaving it soft and supple minus the sticky or greasy feeling. It is also hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, making it suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.
Studies have revealed that 86% of its subjects showed an improvement in the appearance of uneven skin tone after applying Bio-Oil for twelve weeks; 90% for acne scars after ten weeks; and 100% for stretch marks after eight weeks.
While results may vary among individuals, it is recommended to apply Bio-Oil to the affected area twice daily for a minimum of three months for best results. For stretch marks, it is recommended to use Bio-Oil from the second trimester to help reduce its appearance and formation by keeping skin hydrated and elastic.
Bio-Oil is available in pharmacies nationwide and retails at RM34.95 (60ml), RM58.25 (125ml) and RM79.45 (200ml).