Vitamin E and Scar Removal

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Scars on the skin are battle wounds that stay for a while even after the skin has healed. Some scars are permanent reminds, while others eventually fade away. There are a large number of creams, ointments, and old wives’ tales that claim to prevent scaring from occurring or to minimize the appearance of scars once the skin heals. Many of these remedies use a lot of the same ingredients, one common ingredient being Vitamin E. Because of its popularity as an active ingredient, many people are curious about using Vitamin E on its own.

Vitamin E is available in capsule and liquid forms as an over the counter supplement. The oil is typically applied directly on to the skin where a wound or scar is present. Vitamin E penetrates the skin and reduced the formation of what are known as “free radicals.” Free radicals interfere with the skin’s healing abilities, often causing even minor injuries to turn into permanent scars. Vitamin E is known to positively influence the production of collagen to stimulate the skin’s elasticity and strength.

Science has mixed reports on the effectiveness of using Vitamin E on scar reduction. However, this homeopathic approach to treating the skin has been around for thousands of years as a natural and holistic method.

The application of Vitamin E is generally very safe. It is important, though, that the injury is not an open wound; applying any type of substance to a wound too soon can interfere with proper healing.

At Medical Dermatology Specialists, we are a thriving research and medical dermatology practice in Atlanta. Dr. Jamie Weisman leads our practice as a nationally recognized board-certified dermatologist who provides diagnosis and long-lasting treatment options for all types of skin conditions. If you have a scar on your skin that you are concerned with or embarrassed by, please contact Medical Dermatology Specialists today. With our unique medical dermatology practice, you will find a Dr. Weisman and her team who are dedicated to treating your skin conditions. We proudly offer personalized care with strong expertise in skin care for patients of all ages.

Along with scar treatment, we are equipped to handle all types of skin conditions that are affected by environmental factors, allergies, and auto-immune diseases. Contact our practice today to experience active patient care and progressive treatment options.