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What Is Vitamin E Cream?

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  • Written By: Britt Archer
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Vitamin E is hailed for its antioxidant properties, especially in treating certain skin problems. It is used to help fight off or diminish stretch marks, and it aids in the fading of dark marks on the skin, sometimes called age spots or liver spots. To achieve these and other benefits in a skincare regimen, it is advisable to apply vitamin E cream or lotion, rather than take it as an oral capsule. There are eight different forms of vitamin E, and the best benefit is derived from a vitamin E cream that contains the form known as alpha-tocopherol, as opposed to another form, alpha-tocopherol acetate.

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One of the most touted benefits of vitamin E is its purported ability to diminish scarring. Part of the reason it is recommended as a scar treatment is its ability to enter several layers of the skin, with its antioxidant properties helping to heal and restore these layers. For many years, healthcare professionals have recommended vitamin E cream, lotion and other products, such as vitamin E capsules, as a way to heal or fade scars. Disagreements among professionals, however, remain over whether vitamin E can actually do the job or if its healing power is just an old wives’ tale, and research reports that it does not increase healing. Anecdotal reports suggest vitamin E is useful to fade scars, but medical research indicates it is no better than other remedies and may, in fact, be harmful for those who are allergic to vitamin E and can develop dermatitis.

Vitamin E cream also is popular in a beauty regimen for is ability to maintain young-looking skin, thanks to its ability to promote collagen production. It is said by some to help eliminate fine lines and generally smooth the skin as a protective moisturizing agent. Vitamin E creams can be used under makeup or alone, and some contain pleasant scents, such as jasmine. Vitamin E also can aid in the prevention of acne, thanks to its regulatory relationship with vitamin A. A diet that contains foods with sufficient vitamin E also is helpful in treating acne. These foods include broccoli, eggs, almonds, wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts.

Research also has been conducted on vitamin E and its ability to help fight or alleviate the symptoms of certain diseases, including bladder cancer and anemia, but there are no definitive results. Some medical studies have suggested vitamin E can be useful in preventing heart disease. There is also some evidence that suggests vitamin E can help combat breast cancer, but the results remain inconclusive.

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My dad uses vitamin E cream for psoriasis. It's one of the few remedies that have worked for him. But he uses pure vitamin E cream with natural vitamin E (D-alpha tocopheryl). He once accidentally bought vitamin E cream with synthetic vitamin E (DL-alpha tocopheryl) and it made his skin worse. It's not possible to tell these products apart without knowing the technical names for natural vitamin E and synthetic vitamin E. I think many people use synthetic vitamin E creams without realizing. Product with natural vitamin E cost more, but the only way to know for sure is to read the ingredients.

SteamLouis
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I use a vitamin E skin cream on my hands. I have very dry skin that cracks in the winter due to cold. Vitamin E cream is awesome. It's so soothing for skin and protects from dryness and cold. It's very affordable too.

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I do not agree with reports that say that vitamin E doesn't fade scars or encourage healing. My personal experience has shown the exact opposite. Vitamin E definitely helps minor cuts and scrapes heal. It also fades blemishes and scars successfully.

My skin is prone to scarring and it doesn't help that I burn my hand every week while cooking or get scratched by my cat every other day while playing. I've tried different things on burns, cuts and scars to help them heal. Vitamin E oil has always worked best.

When I have a burn or scratch, I wait for it to heal for a few days and only use antibiotic cream during this time. After the

skin has closed up, I start applying vitamin E oil or vitamin E cream. I apply it several times a day for as long as it takes for the scar to disappear. Mild scars are gone in one week, more serious ones can take up to a month. But it always works, even on old scars.

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