Q. I think you have alarmed people unnecessarily with your thoughtless remarks on vitamin E. You said that applying vitamin E oil to scars did not help them heal faster. You should print a correction because pure vitamin E on incisions promotes healing.

A. When we find research demonstrating that putting vitamin E on wounds helps them heal without scarring, we will be prompt to write about it.

We found a review in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (Dec. 2006) that stated “vitamin E has complex effects on wound healing,” and concluded, “the evidence that topical vitamin E alone improves the cosmetic appearance of scars is poor. It is also associated with a high incidence of contact dermatitis. The use of vitamin E should, therefore, be discouraged.”

If a person plans to use vitamin E oil on the skin, she should test it first on the inside of the forearm to make sure she will not react badly.


 

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  1. marjorie
    Reply

    I have a very big problem I got old scars all over my legs it has been 11 years since I got these scars. I got bullied because of
    this can you help me out?? Please can you emphasized it to me coz I’m only 15 yrs, old my mom told me that vitamin E is not that effective. can u help me?

  2. SKW
    Reply

    Don’t ever expect to get the whole story from the medical establishments. When it comes to Vitamin E (which ought to be named “E Complex”), you need to have eight components: d-alpha-tocopherol, d-beta-tocopherol, d-gamma-tocopherol and d-delta-tocopherol, d-alpha-tocotrienol, d-beta-tocotrienol, d-gamma-tocotrienol, and d-delta-tocotrienol. Note that d-alpha-tocotrienol is used 60 TIMES more by the body than is d-alpha-tocophreol, so it would behoove you to buy a Vitamin E that has extra d-alpha-tocotrienol, although there are very few brands out there which offer this.
    The VAST majority of the time, the medical establishments will refer to synthetic Vitamin E, or an isolate (D-Alpha-Tocopherol) at best. The most impressive studies done on Vitamin E were done at the Chute Clinic in Canada, and were done BEFORE THE TECHNOLOGY TO ISOLATE THE COMPONENTS OF VITAMIN E EVER EXISTED.
    You need all eight components in their natural state. This is typically referred to as “whole food” Vitamin E.
    Best of luck!!

  3. SP
    Reply

    I have a 2nd/ 3rd degree burn scar on my forehead that I’ve had for 12 years. I am very self conscious about it and I have managed to hide it for 2 years without my friends knowing. Can someone please tell me if vitamin e will work for me and about how long it would take?? I am so tired of hiding it and I DON’T want to show it so if anyone can tell me thanks…

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