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Vitamin E For The Skin - How It Helps In Healing Scars

Updated on July 16, 2012

Facts about Vitamin E and its importance

  • Vitamin E is composed of two basic components - Tocopherol and Tocotrienol
  • There are four kinds of Tocopherols - alpha , beta, gamma and delta and corresponding four Tocotrienols
  • Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin essential for the effective functioning of the various organs such as reproductive organs, circulatory system and skin. It is also known to improve cardiovascular health
  • Being a natural healing ingredient, Vitamin E supplements are used in the preparation of moisturizers, facial masks and topical skin applications for removal of post-pregnancy stretch marks or scars
  • Vitamin E is a natural anti-oxidant that safeguards tissues from oxidative stress (excessive free radicals) by neutralizing the free radicals.

Skin health

Eating a healthy diet rich in vitamin E and avoiding excessive exposure to the sun are sure fire ways to keep your skin healthy. In addition to these, taking vitamin supplements and antioxidants also help in maintaining a soft, smooth and youthful skin. Vitamin E is the most essential nutrient for developing and keeping a healthy skin.

While a large number of foods are rich in Vitamin E, there are supplements to this wonderful vitamin that helps in increasing skin health and quality.

Alpha Tocopherol

Alpha Tocopherol is the most common form of Vitamin E present in abundance in oils. While the Americans get a higher dosage of Vitamin E from gamma tocopherol by way of soybean and corn oil, the Europeans get theirs from a diet containing olive oil and sunflower oil. Alpha tocopherol is the most common form of Vitamin E that goes into the manufacture of sunscreen and other commercial skin care products.

Medical experts recommend a dosage of 400 international units of Alpha tocopherol. The topical applications containing Vitamin E supplements penetrate the outer epidermis and the underlying dermis and get accumulated in the sebaceous glands. The Alpha Tocopherol is then transported to the skin surface by a specific physiological function.

When you take oral vitamin E supplements to enrich the skin, you tend to get only alpha and gamma tocopherols but when you use topical vitamin E applications, you benefit from a mixture of tocopherols and tocotrienols. This provides the body with a balanced amount of the supplements. So it is important to choose the right topical applications when you shop for a good vitamin E supplement.

Tocotrienol

Tocotrienol is present in oils such as wheat germ, rice bran, palm and cotton-seed and lettuce. Although both Tocopherol and Tocotrienol have similar properties, there are a few differences too.

  • Tocotrienol has greater anti-oxidative properties than tocopherol
  • Tocotrienol is present naturally in certain food substances such as barley, oats, rye, wheat germ and rice bran while Tocopherol is present in the Vitamin E supplements and is called the synthetic vitamin E
  • Between the Tocopherol and Tocotrienol compounds, they vary in their anti-oxidative properties

Healing of skin after an injury

When there is an injury to the skin, the white blood cells rush to the site of the wound and fight the microorganisms. After medication, the scar of the wound becomes matured and dry after which the healing process starts.

Basic Fibroblast Growth factor (bFGF) regulates the production of collagen in the human body. Use of Vitamin E changes the bFGF levels and influences the scar formation process. Vitamin E creams topically applied over the wound helps in healing the site of injury faster and brings the skin back to normal condition.

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Hyper pigmentation

Melanin is a pigment that influences the color of the eyes, hair and skin. It is produced by melanocytes, the cells at the base of the epidermal layer. An excess production of melanin results in hyper pigmentation. This causes a darkening or discoloration of the skin most often in the hands and back of the neck. Use of Vitamin E topical application helps reduce the effects of hyper pigmentation.

Vitamin E and free radicals

Free radicals are known to drastically alter the DNA composition of the cells thereby resulting in a variety of chronic diseases. Vitamin E is very effective in combating and neutralizing these destructive free radicals and helps in restoring a normal healthy condition of the body.

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Foods rich in Vitamin E

  • Broccoli
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Pistachio, almonds, cashews and other nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Cereals
  • Vegetable oils such as wheat germ and rice bran oils

The recommended daily requirement of vitamin E in the US is 10 mg for men and 8 mg for women. There would be no necessity for oral vitamin E supplements if you eat a well-balanced diet as you get enough and more of the vitamin from a good diet.

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Aging

We never want to appear old despite our age at any stage of our life. Aging occurs partly due to the loss of collagen and/or exposure to UV rays of the sun that affects your skin to a great extent. Vitamin E protects the skin from the harmful UV rays and also helps maintain the collagen levels so as to give a healthy and youthful glow to the skin.

Scars and stretch marks

Topical applications of Vitamin E are very effective in removing or at least fading the post-delivery stretch marks. But you should follow a regular system of applying the cream or oil on the stretch marks at least twice a day.

Vitamin E is therefore a very important part of every individual's attempt in looking younger and in maintaining the skin in a beautiful and healthy condition.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Deergha for stopping by. Thanks for the votes and share too. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you Michelle for the visit and votes and share too. Cheers, Rema.

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Thank you Rema for this one.....its very informative. All vote sup and shares.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      I take it frequently, and so does my husband! Thanks for the useful information, Rema! These tips, I vote up, and share!

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hello Richard, I really wish that you would be able to convince your wife about the usefulness of this vitamin. Don't you think the anti-aging property of the vitamin would be enough to convince her? Just kidding. Thanks very much for the appreciation.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much Ruchira for the feedback. My visit to your side is overdue. Haven't visited your hubs in a while. Will do soon. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      That is a great tip to be added here Mary. Thank you very much for the votes. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Oh, how I love broccoli and spinach Janine! Anyway if taking the supplements helps you, that is wonderful. Thanks Janine for the share. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Linda for coming here to read my hub. Glad that your Vitamin E intake is good. People often overlook the benefits of this vitamin. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Rema -

      Great article on Vitamin E. I love all the greens that provide this necessary source, it's just a matter of convincing my wife, who doesn't care for them, to prepare them as part of our meal plan. Great Job!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I had heard about scars and vitamin E but to prevent stretch marks was news to me, Rema.

      Thanks for an informative hub.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Lots of fact here Remaniki. Additionally, vitamin E capsules can be opened and the liquid applied to healing incisions to minimize scarring. Voted this up, useful, and interesting.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      I too take Vitmain E supplements, but am not a lover of broccoli or spinach, but do think the supplements do help. Thanks for sharing and have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I take my vitamin E supplement every day and eat broccoli and spinach often. I'm doing good with E according to your fabulous hub! :)

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much Icyents for the visit and the comment. Cheers, Rema.

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      Icyents 5 years ago from Michigan

      excellent health information.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Sorry dinkan53, I don't understand how I missed your comment. Very nice of you to have liked and shared this hub. Thank you very much. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Dianna,

      Glad you found the information useful. Thank you. Very sorry about the delayed response. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Oh that's very nice of you Keith. Thanks very much for the encouragement. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much Alecia for the positive feedback. cheers, Rema.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Very useful tips, Remaniki! I tweet and pin a lot of useful and healthy tips. Definitely adding this to the collection :D

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Useful information- I didn't know all of this about Vitamin E- mainly how it helps with scarring. Great hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Rema, I take Vitamin E every day for personal health reasons. I didn't know that it was helpful in the skin aging process -- very excited about this fact! Thanks for sharing this, it is very useful and educational. Voted up.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much alocsin for the visit and the feedback. Cheers, Rema.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for the information. I do eat a lot of the nuts you tioned, so hopefully my Vitamin E intake is adequate. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Vinaya for the visit and the comment. Cheers, Rema.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I knew about the connection of vitamin E and skin,but did not know much about the topic. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Cheers Rema..

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Oh that would be wonderful Debbie. Very nice of you to share it on your Facebook page. Thanks a million. Will surely look up your page on FB. Cheers, Rema

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      great hub.... I am sharing this on Facebook.. I belong to a HEALTH AND BEAUTY PAGE. TOPS.. TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY.. i WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR VIEWS ON THIS. I will post it there..

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      This article has added more useful information and had further established my knowledge about Vitamin E. If we look at the label of any skincare cosmetic, we can found Vitamin E on the label as it can assist the skin in various ways. Thanks for the article and rated as useful. Shared!