Vitamin E has not been proven effective at fading scars.
Using vitamin E for scars is a highly popular and long standing, traditional home remedy for the treatment of acne and other scarring.
How Is Vitamin E Supposed to Work?
Vitamin E is the general term for a variety of tocol and tocotrienol derivatives which are fat soluble antioxidants found in the skin. When applied topically, it sinks into the skin and aids in healing wounds and helps stimulate the production of collagen. Its claimed by many users to soften the skin, lessen stretch marks and reduce the appearance of scars.
What Studies have been Done to Determine the Effectiveness of Vitamin E for Scars?
Studies on the effectiveness of vitamin E as a scar treatment began in earnest in the mid 1980s and continue to be a subject of study today. Most of the scientific studies on vitamin E have shown that there is no noticeable effect on the appearance of scars.
The most commonly cited study is the double blind experiment by the University of Miami Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. The doctors found that not only does vitamin E applications produce no visible results, but it also increases the chance of contact dermatitis. In 90% of the individuals participating in the study there was no improvement and in some cases the appearance of scars worsened during treatment. 33% in the same study suffered from contact dermatitis to the vitamin E.
Things to Consider when Deciding to Use Vitamin E for Scar Treatment.
Despite the medical and scientific studies, many people still claim that vitamin E is the best treatment for scars. The most important factor to consider before deciding to treat your scars with Vitamin E is the potential risk of contact dermatitis. Test for irritation by applying the oil on a small patch of skin for a few days before using it on a large area. If you have a reaction, stop using immediately and the effects will diminish on their own in a few days.
It can be purchased inexpensively in capsule or liquid forms in most health food stores, pharmacies, or in the vitamin section of your local grocery or big box store. Its also available as an ingredient in a number of creams and lotions. To use from a capsule, poke a small hole in one end of the capsule with a pin and squeeze out the oil.
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