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).
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.
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
Gently wash your face.
Soak a washcloth in warm water and cover your face with it to open up your pores.
Using A Softgel
Poke a hole in your softgel with a needle.
Squeeze the oil onto the area you want to treat and massage it into your skin.
Using Oil From A Bottle
Use the dropper in the bottle to squeeze some oil onto your finger.
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!