Many skin care products tout vitamin E among their anti-aging ingredients. Widely acclaimed as an antioxidant and free-radical scavenger, vitamin E protects against the harms of UV exposure, pollution, ozone and smoking. It’s no surprise all these are implicated in premature skin aging which is why topical vitamin E should belong in any anti-aging skin care regimen. Just about every skin care expert on the planet says so.
Vitamin E is also frequently recommended as an aid for wound healing, as well as a topical treatment to improve the appearance of scars.
Does vitamin E really help scars though? While a lot of people swear by it, most medical studies say “stay clear”. One study found topical vitamin E has NO effect or actually worsens the appearance of scars in 90% of users. To make matters worse, another study found 1 in 3 users actually develop contact dermatitis! Talk about getting more than you bargained for from your scar treatment!
So if vitamin E isn’t such a great idea, what is an effective scar treatment?
Two good topical options exist: Silicone scar creams and silicone strips. Scientific studies conclusively prove that silicone improves new and old scars. Originally, silicone scar treatments only came as sheets, which can be difficult to use, especially on prominent facial scars. Luckily, silicone gel is just as effective and much easier to use.
The bottom line: While vitamin E may be effective in skin care products for anti-aging, it’s probably not a good option to fade your scar. Choose a scar treatment that contains silicone and other hypoallergenic ingredients that will target the color, texture and overall look of your scar.
Have you used silicone on your scar?