It seems like common knowledge that vitamin E can help numerous skin problems. However, research suggests that it probably doesn't reduce scarring (at least after surgeries). There is a little evidence that shows that vitamin E (either taken orally or applied to the skin) could help prevent sun damage, but more research is necessary to confirm these findings.
Final Thoughts on Vitamin E Effectiveness
Vitamin E may be effective for several uses, but more research is needed before it can be recommended for most uses. Before you use vitamin E (especially high-dose vitamin E) for uses other than general supplementation, it is a good idea to check with your healthcare provider first. Some research has shown that high-dose vitamin E may actually do more harm than good, perhaps even increasing the risk of death in general.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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National Institutes of Health. Office of Dietary Supplements. Dietary supplement fact sheet: vitamin E (1/23/2007). NIH Web site. http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamine.asp. Accessed February 1, 2008.
Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin E, and Carotenoids. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2000. Available at: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309069351/html/. Accessed February 1, 2008.
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