Vitamin E More Than A Vitamin?

Vitamin E is a group of fat-soluble vitamins with antioxidant effects that fight free radicals.  These are electrons that have broken off from an atom and have been linked to many health conditions such as from cancer to premature aging.  Vitamin E oil can be applied directly to the skin or can be added to lotions, creams and gels.  Supporters believe it is a potent antioxidant.  The product has mixed benefits.

The oil is distinctly different from vitamin E supplements as it is applied directly to the skin.  Many of my friends use the oil every day and night on their face to keep it hydrated and softened.  The oil is used in a multitude of skincare products and is claimed to aid in anti-aging benefits.

Some potential benefits of vitamin E oil are:

  • Moisturizing the skin
  • Wound healing
  • Skin cancer prevention
  • To reduce skin itching
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Preventing or minimizing appearance of scars. (Worked great for me on stretch marks when I was pregnant)
  • Preventing or treating fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sunburn prevention
  • Promoting nail health

There are some risks associated with vitamin E use and the biggest is an allergic reaction.  Those who have a history of allergic reactions should avoid vitamin E use or at least do a patch test on a small area of skin first.  The FDA does not regulate it because vitamin E oil is a supplement and a beauty product and two vitamin E oils might have radically different concentrations and produce very different effects in the same person.

Read the label!  If you are unsure if it is safe for you to use, consult with your doctor as many of the vitamin E products will contain additional ingredients.  It is recommended that you begin with a low concentration of the oil and apply a thin layer over the affected area.  Gradually increase the amount over several days until reaching the levels recommended on the package.  Follow the label recommendations closely and do not exceed the amount.  Adding a few drops to a thick moisturizing cream will enhance the cream’s benefits and help to buffer any potential irritation.


Dr Fredda Branyon