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Does vitamin e oil help heal scars

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Massage is Good: The skin is a great barrier, and most oils cannot penetrate to the living cells. The massaging action of application does help. Vaseline works well to... Read More

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possible: There is no proven scar healer out there that I am aware of, keeping the area clean and soft should help with decreasing the amount of scar build up. ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Myth but use if help: Many of my patients swear by the benefits of vitamin e and so i generally don't dissuade them but there is very little science to support its use. It ... Read More
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Vitamin E and scars: Sadly, topical vitamin e doesn't really help acne or surgical scars much at all. Many people actually get an allergic dermatitis from it.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 36 years experience
Helps soften: Topical vitamin e is one thing that will help soften scars and help them be less noticable.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
As often as you wish: Do not expect much in the way of results. If it causes inflammation, stop using it. Even dermatologists treating acne scars can only make them less co... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Massage with oil.: Oral vitamin E is not harmful (except in high doses), but massage with the vitamin E oil (or any oil) is likely more helpful than taking it orally. Ul... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Never: Vitamin ee may be a good moisturizing agent but there is very little research to show it will improve scars other than the effects of massaging it in ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Sure.: It's more about the massage with vitamin E oil, which can be done at bedtime or after showering for about 5 minutes. Then apply the Mederma and you ha... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: The oiliness will make them slightly less visible while it stays on your skin. I'm really sorry that your acne didn't get treated when it should have ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rian Maercks
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
No: Vitamin e is an antioxidant that can protect against sun and free radical damage but has no demonstrated role in modifying scarring.

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