Does Vitamin E Help Acne?

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and an important part of many bodily processes. It’s not just one compound, but rather a group of 8 chemicals. Vitamin E is fat-soluble (extra vitamin E is stored in the bodies fat tissues) as opposed to water soluble (extra vitamin C is transported out of your body in your urine).

Vitamin E Softgels

How Does Vitamin E Help Acne?

Vitamin E(wiki) helps fight acne for a few reasons. First, it is a powerful antioxidant, helping to protect all the cells of your body from “free radical” oxygen atoms.

Second, vitamin E helps to prevent damage to cell membranes, and studies have shown that it helps skin recover from (and reduces the appearance of) acne scars.

Lastly, It helps regulate the level of retinol (vitamin A) in humans. vitamin A is absolutely critical for healthy skin. Low levels of retinol cause oxidation of some of the fatty acids in the cell, leading to toxic effects within the cell. vitamin E curbs this process by restoring normal levels of vitamin A.

How To Use Vitamin E For Acne

There are two vitamin E acne treatment options. You can choose to take vitamin E orally as a dietary supplement, or apply it topically to your skin. Here is the rundown on each one.

Using Oral Vitamin E Acne Supplements

When taking an oral supplement of vitamin E for acne, there are just a couple of things to consider. Do you want to take a natural or synthetic supplement, and how much should you take.

I prefer taking natural vitamin E because it is more bio-available, and your body can absorb it easier. Try to find a supplement that is a natural blend of tocopherols(wiki) and tocotrienols(wiki).

Just take a multivitamin for your vitamin E needs, then you don’t have to worry about taking too much.

I recommend a daily dose of 100 IU – 400 IU. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) is just over 22 IU for adults, but it is commonly sold in much higher dosages.

There is some concern that people should not take high doses of vitamin E because recent studies have shown that it can increase the risk of death.

It is believed that this may be because of a purportedly increased risk of bleeding, especially among patients taking blood thinners or with vitamin K deficiency. Stay below 400 IU and you shouldn’t
have to worry about it.

I really would just recommend taking a good multivitamin with vitamin E in it. For example, my preferred multivitamin contains 100 IU of vitamin E. All you need is enough to make sure your body is properly producing retinol (vitamin A) and for the other benefits.

This is not a case of more is better. Just take a multivitamin for your vitamin E needs, then you don’t have to worry about taking too much.

Topical Vitamin E Oil For Acne + Scars

Vitamin E is a frequent ingredient in lotions, soaps and other beauty products. It’s antioxidant properties are thought to guard against sun damage, wrinkles, and it’s a great moisturizer.

Many people have great results using vitamin e oil for acne, but keep in mind that it is an oil and may not be suitable for people with already oily skin.

Also, there are studies showing that vitamin E applied topically can cause contact dermatitis (the skin becomes red and irritated after direct contact with a substance).

You can buy vitamin E oil in a bottle, or if you are already taking vitamin e softgels as a dietary supplement, you can just use those.

What You’ll Need

  • Vitamin E Oil Or
  • Vitamin E Softgels + A Needle
  • Warm Water
  • A Washcloth


  1. Gently wash your face.

  2. Soak a washcloth in warm water and cover your face with it to open up your pores.

Using A Softgel

Poke A Hole In A Vitamin E Softgel

  1. Poke a hole in your softgel with a needle.

  2. Squeeze the oil onto the area you want to treat and massage it into your skin.

Using Oil From A Bottle

  1. Use the dropper in the bottle to squeeze some oil onto your finger.

  2. Apply the oil to the area you want to treat and massage it into your skin.

Other Important Vitamins And Minerals For Fighting Acne

In addition to vitamin E, there are a few more very important vitamins for acne. A couple of these are Zinc and vitamin A.

There are a number of good reasons to take vitamin A for acne. It stimulates production of collagen, reduces the signs of aging, increases the rate of skin cell turnover, helps kill bacteria, and reduces the size of your oil glands.

I recommend taking zinc for acne because it’s very important in maintaining a strong immune system. Also, it accelerates the renewal of skin cells, which helps acne heal much faster. Lastly, it has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help soothe red irritated skin.

Final Thoughts About Vitamin E Acne Treatments

Be sure you are getting enough vitamin E for antioxidant purposes and to make sure that your body can properly regulate vitamin A levels. No need to overdo it, in fact that can be harmful.

Your best bet is to take a multivitamin with around 100 IU of vitamin E. If your skin is not too oily try using some topical vitamin E for acne. You may want to go slow at first to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction resulting in contact dermatitis.

Vitamin E is not the only thing that may be out of balance in your body and contributing to your acne. If you really want to fix the “acne environment” in your body, and heal your acne from the inside out (which is the best way to get lasting results) then check out my review of Acne No More the step-by-step guide to holistic acne treatment.

I hope this information was useful. If you have used vitamin E for your acne, please tell us about it in the comments below, and as always…good luck with your acne!

About Sophia Simmons

This article is written by Sophia Simmons. She is an independent researcher with a passion for beautiful skin. In the past, she has struggled with her own acne troubles. Now she tries to help other people suffering with acne find their own unique paths to healthy, clear skin.

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  1. Charlie May says

    I am taking vitamin e orally for 5 days already, I have noticed that my acne has dried out and there are no big ones appeared..Is this an indicator that the vitamin e has a good effect and is healing my acne? a reply may be greatly appreciated:)) thanks

  2. says

    I started using vitamin E gel capsules recently. I have really sensitive skin (I suspect eczema) and the sides of my chin–just below the edges of my mouth– get irritated, dry and red. I started putting the oil from the gel capsules on these spots and also my forehead where I was getting acne from wearing a hat everyday. After 3 days my acne is almost gone and my irritated chin sides are drying up and no longer red. I’m definitely going to continue using it. I also take the gel capsules orally but not all the time.

  3. Kirsty says

    I’m currently pregnant and taking a pregnancy vitamin, which I’m pretty sure contains Vitamin E and D, and I too have noticed a difference in my skin, I’m almost 24 and still suffering with acne. Fingers crossed the vitamins will help stop it, after all these years of doctors prescriptions.

  4. Tammy says

    i suffered with acne for about 2 years, i have now eventually gotten rid of it by using hydrogen peroxide 6% as 3% was not strong enough for me, (MIRACLE!!!) now i have been using vitamin e oil for 5 days on my face and taking vitamin e soft gel capsules and my skin is very noticeably whiter and my skin feels so much softer and my scars are starting to fade i would recommend it to everyone! :):)

  5. yassine says

    Hi I’m morrocan guy and I acualy using morocan oil ( argan) 2 months now they say contains alot of vitamins e antioxidant and I do really notice the different my acne scares are fading away

    • Admin says

      Hey Yassine,

      Thanks for mentioning argan oil. I think I’ll have to write an article all about it in the near future. Thanks for letting me know about another great way to treat acne!

  6. jindy mabini baker says

    hello, ive been using vitamin e 400 IU for 2 weeks now. i have a severe acne problems and its all over my face and my neck. my acne still coming and i will try using it by applying the oil on my face see if it works better and i still continue taking it orally…hope this help ang get rid of my acne problem… im 23 years old..

  7. says

    I live in a polluted city, polluted air etc. Acne grows in great quantity all over my face, they also leave acne scars that fades for several months or a year. Im using Vitamin E for some time now (recommended by friends also by this site) but Until now I don’t notice any changes in my acne covered skin. -______- What should I do? I mean, I already tried almost everything and still don’t know what to do. Advice is a big help. Thanks :(

    • MJ says


      I feel your frustration … I have been using oregano oil on my face strictily on new pimples. It will sting for a moment but believe me it will kill the bacteria as it works like a natural antibiotic. I also started using grapeseed extract oil topically as a moisturizer and it sooths my skin pretty well. I wanted to go organic all the way because I didnt like to take antibiotics and suffer the side effects later in life. I hope this works for you! & remember true beauty is within yourself. :)

    • smautier says

      I too suffer from acne and acne scaring. I recently stumble across a topical ointment called De la Cruz(name of brand) Sulfur 10%. It’s available at stores such as Walmart or Walgreens in the Hispanic/Latino product lane. I use this in addition to my daily regimen of washing with a sulfur bar and alternating with a less abrasive wash such as Neutrogena visibly even foaming cleanser and I have noticed a significant difference in my breakouts and the texture of my skin. Within a a few days i began to see a difference in the inflammation and redness reduction. It also dried up all of my pimples at a faster rate than my previous prescription I was using (fluticasone 50mcg). I’m also using a mask once a week which deep cleans my pores and removes impurities/excess dirt. The name of the clay is called Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. You can either purchase it online through Amazon or similar merchants at half the price or shop directly at stores like the Vitamin Shoppe. Either way it’s not too expensive. I’m also implementing swapped application of vitamin E to help with the healing process. I realize it’s a lot of steps but I have noticed a significant difference and I feel so much better about myself.

  8. leah says

    Hi i’m searching this method before i put it into my face. i bought jamieson vit E. 800 IU but i read some of the side effects of the dosage of it and said it was risky so i google , of what is the safe IU so the 400 IU is safe to use. Then i decided to used the 800 IU oil for directly put to my face for poking the a hole to the gel because i already bought it. so today i’m starting to apply so lets see the result after 1 week. i have some acne from my bottom of my ear down to my chin. i also had a dry skin.

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  11. ragriz says

    I m having pimples from 7th standard now I m in 12th .. n now I hv many pimples. .. all over my face… I hv tried almost everything. … but no use… now started taking vitamin E capsules recommended by friends. .. but hardly anything works on my skin… please suggest me something. … my face is getting worse day after day…. I m very much concerned about my skin….

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