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.