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. Alexis

    I have a lot of acne scars on my face that are craters but not deep craters especially on my cheeks. My friend told me that if i pop vitamin E gel pills on my skin it would help get rid of them. Is it true? I’m desperate because I have friends who have close to flawless skin so when they complain about theirs, I get self conscious about mine. I also don’t know how to use make up so I don’t know how to cover up. I don’t want to put make up on if it worsens my acne as well. If there is a more preferred solution than the vitamin E gel pills and is affordable please recommend it to me. Thank you very much and I apologize for any inconvenience I have caused.

    • Kim

      Please ask a dermatologist for recommendations on what to use on your skin. If you have oily skin the oil in the capsules may not be good for you. There are definitely things out there that’ll help you.
      If you go to Dept store like Macy’s or others you can schedule appointment in cosmetic Dept, like maybe the Clinique counter & a trained associate will apply & show you how to apply make up and also what make up to use for your individual skin type.

  2. marjorie

    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?

  3. SKW

    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!!

  4. SP

    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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