Ointments that contain vitamin E to remove scars can be found easily on store shelves across the country. But it has very little clinical evidence. It can promote overall skin health. Vit. E is generally well tolerated when used topically. However, be careful if your skin is hypersensitive, oily, or prone to acne. Talk to your dermatologist before using vitamin E, as it can cause skin irritation and redness in some.
What is vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant. It is used in various cosmetics in the form of oil and capsules. It is manufactured by plants and is naturally found in wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds (dry roasted), almonds (dry roasted), sunflower oil, safflower oil, hazelnuts (dry roasted), peanut butter, corn oil, spinach, broccoli, kiwi
Benefits of Vit. E
- Antioxidant properties
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties
- Nourish Dry, Stretched Skin
Is vitamin E oil effective in reducing scars?
Some research claims that vit. E can have a significant improvement in the cosmetic appearance of scars. However, in another study, topical application of vit. E did not improve the appearance of the scar. Instead, this resulted in a higher incidence of contact dermatitis. AAD says vit. E moisturizes the skin and that can help reducing scar. While most scars fade over time, many are permanent. The time it takes for a scar to fade may depend on the size and depth of the initial injury.
Precautions while using
- Do not apply the oil to a scar / open wound.
- Don’t expose your scar to the sun.
- Always apply sunscreen when you go out.
- Avoid excessive pressure on the scar. Massage gently.
Other Healing Techniques for scar
- Silicone sheets
- Derma rolling
- Laser therapy
- Dermal fillers