Does Vitamin E Heal Scars?

by Gio
does vitamin e heal scars

I’ll tell you a secret.

Vitamin E has many superpowers. It hydrates your skin, fights offs wrinkles and even boosts sun protection.

But healing scars? Contrary to legend, that’s something it CAN’T do:

Vitamin E doesn’t heal scars (but can make them worse)

I know, I know, everyone is telling you that Vitamin E is the best thing for scars. It’s an old wives’ remedy.

Well, science doesn’t take for granted old wives’ remedies work. It puts them to the test. And what it found out ain’t pretty.

A 1999 study tested two ointment (A and B) on 15 patients who had undergone skin cancer removal surgery. A was Aquaphor (a common emollient) while B was Aquaphor mixed with vitamin E. The patients were told to use ointment A on some of their scars and ointment B on the rest of their scars twice a day.

The results? “In 90% of the cases in this study, topical vitamin E either had no effect on, or actually worsened, the cosmetic appearance of scars.”

Yep, that’s right. Not only Vitamin A did squat, it actually made things worse!

The Bottom Line

Vitamin E is a wonderful antioxidant that can help prevent the signs of aging, but it doesn’t do anything for scars. You’re better off trying topical silicone gels and sheeting. I know that a lot of people dislike silicones, but it’s the only topical treatment that works for raised scars.

Have you ever used Vitamin E on a scar? Let me know your experience in the comments below.

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8 comments

Allison December 10, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Very helpful! I was trying to fade a surgical scar a couple of years ago, and I used shea butter and Mederma. Not sure what the ingredients are in Mederma, but good chance there’s silicone in there. Frankly, nothing helped all that much except for time. Now the scar has faded, and fortunately it isn’t very raised/the raised part has flattened so I guess I’m happy about it.

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beautifulwithbrains December 11, 2013 - 8:04 pm

Allison, I’m glad you’ve found it helpful. I’ve googled Mederma to check out the ingredients and they seem to use onion extract rather than silicone, which is probably why you didn’t see much of an improvement. I’m glad that scar has faded with time, though.

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Allison December 11, 2013 - 8:10 pm

Onion extract, heavens!

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beautifulwithbrains December 11, 2013 - 9:17 pm

It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? It can actually help with scars to an extent, but does nothing to reduce their height. Silicone sheeting works much better.

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Makeup Morsels December 11, 2013 - 6:02 am

Yes, this! Vitamin E did nothing for my burn scar, but luckily it didn’t make it any worse. Wish I had known about silicone sheeting at the time, ah well you eventually learn.

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beautifulwithbrains December 11, 2013 - 8:09 pm

Makeup Morsels, it’s a shame that such an ineffective treatment is very popular, while the one that really works is known only to a few, isn’t it? But at least Vitamin E didn’t make things worse for you.

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Makeup Morsels December 11, 2013 - 6:03 am

P.S. already tweeted, but had to say it again: LOVING the new site layout.

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beautifulwithbrains December 11, 2013 - 8:11 pm

Makeup Morsels, of thank you! I’m happy you do.:)

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