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How One Skin Care Company Puts Its Products to the Test With Clinical Trials

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Sponsored by: Bio-Oil®

There are so many products are on the market, it can often be confusing to know which ones to choose. How do we know what products are safe to use? Which ones work best? How do we do our research to make responsible and informed decisions?

Clinical trials are important tools for researchers to determine safety and effectiveness. We as consumers can benefit from a greater understanding of how this works.

What Do Clinical Trials Do?

Clinical trials evaluate medical approaches that are intended to be used on people. These research studies provide scientific data, and acquire more information on prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment for diseases. Some clinical trials will compare treatments to determine which is superior.

Who Can Participate?

Every clinical trial determines who can participate. For some trials, health participants may be sought, while others will want people with a particular disease. Some will use men, some will use women, and others will use both.

The Institutional Review Board

Many clinical trials are reviewed, monitored and ultimately approved by an institutional review board (IRB), which ensures that the trial adheres to a code of ethics. The board oversees the participants' safety and rights. Risks are evaluated to be sure that they do not outweigh any possible benefits.

An IRB is required for a study of a biological product, a drug, or a medical device that is regulated by the FDA, or if it is paid for and supported by the federal government.

In a clinical trial a doctor will apply the best developments of treatment, in order to be able to compare the new treatments to older, established ones.

Clinical Trials and Bio-Oil®

Bio-Oil® is a unique skin care formula which has been favorably evaluated in clinical trials. It has been found to decrease the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.

Bio-Oil® is composed of a combination of calendula, chamomile, lavender, rosemary, and PurCellin oils, and vitamins A and E to help nourish the skin.

So, what kind of clinical trials has Bio-Oil® been involved in?

Bio-Oil® Stretch Mark Clinical Trials

ProDERM, a leading institute for applied dermatological research based in Hamburg, Germany, performed double-blind, placebo controlled clinical studies in 2010. Thirty-eight women between the ages of 18 and 65 with stretch marks from various causes on abdomen, hips and thighs were evaluated in double-blind, randomized and parallel groups. Application was done twice a day for eight weeks on half of the stretch mark areas.

Results were evaluated during the first week and at the end of the second, fourth and eighth weeks. Bio-Oil® was found to improve appearance of stretch marks within 15 days, in 95 percent of all participants. By day 57, all participants saw fading of stretch marks, their improvement was rated at double of what had occurred at the two week mark.

Bio-Oil® Scar Clinical Trials

In 2012, at the Peking University First Hospital, Department of Dermatology Acne Scar Study, in Beijing, Bio-Oil's effectiveness in approving facial acne scars on 44 Chinese participants between the ages of 14 and 30, with scars less than a year old, was evaluated in a randomized, controlled, efficacy grader-blinded trial.

Bio-Oil® was used by 32 of the participants, while 12 received no treatment. Bio-Oil was applied twice a day for 10 weeks. Results were assessed during the first, fourth, eighth and tenth weeks. More than 90 percent of participants saw improved scar coloring.

Bio-Oil® Uneven Skin Tone Clinical Trials

In 2011, Thomas J. Stephens & Associates, Inc. Texas Research Center, held a randomized, controlled, efficacy grader blinded trial with 67 women between 30 and 70 years of age. The women had uneven skin tone, mottled pigmentation and photo damaged faces and necks. Bio-Oil® was used on 35 women, while 32 had not treatment.

The oil was applied to faces and necks twice a day for 12 weeks. Clinical evaluations took place the first week, and at the second, fourth, eighth and twelfth weeks.

After four weeks, improvement was seen. After 12 weeks, 86 percent of the women using Bio-Oil® had statistically significant improvement of uneven skin tone on their faces, 71 percent had a decrease in mottled facial pigmentation, and 69 percent had improved skin tone on their necks.

If you're thinking of trying a product to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks or uneven skin tone, Bio-Oil's clinical trials offer objective information and reassurance about its safety and efficacy.

To learn more about Bio-Oil®, visit: http://bio-oilusa.com/en-us/

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