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Vitamin E Oil For Acne: How Effective Is It?

Medically reviewed by Dr. Nicholas Jones, MD, FACS
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Vitamin E Oil For Acne: How Effective Is It? Hyderabd040-395603080 May 20, 2019

You follow a strict skin care regimen and remove your makeup diligently before going to bed. Despite taking all these precautions, acne strikes! And you keep wondering where you went wrong. It’s not your fault. Despite your best efforts, acne may keep haunting you as there are many factors responsible for it that are out of your control. But, you can definitely make it disappear with vitamin E oil. It is an extremely popular home remedy to get rid of acne (based on anecdotal evidence). Here, we have explored a few ways you can use it. Scroll down.

Vitamin E Oil For Acne And Acne Scars: Is It Effective?

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There’s little clinical proof of the effectiveness of the topical application of vitamin E oil on acne and acne scars, and the few studies that were conducted in this aspect were inconclusive. For instance, a study found that applying vitamin E before benzoyl peroxide (a medication used for treating acne) could improve the efficacy of the medicine and reduce acne. However, further study is needed to prove the results (1).

Another study found that a combination of vitamins A and E prevented comedone formation, thus preventing further growth of Propionibacterium acnes that cause acne (2).

Some research suggests that ingesting vitamin E supplements or increasing it in your diet can really help reduce acne. A study found that low levels of vitamins A and E in blood plasma could aggravate acne (3).

However, many people who have used vitamin E oil on acne and acne scars found it beneficial.

If you want to try vitamin E oil on your acne, here are a few ways you can do it.

How To Use Vitamin E Oil For Acne And Acne Scars

1. Vitamin E Oil With Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera juice is effective in reducing mild to moderate acne (4).

You Will Need
  • 2-3 capsules of vitamin E
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
Method
  1. Pop the vitamin E capsules and squeeze out the oil.
  2. Mix it well with the aloe vera gel.
  3. Apply the mixture on your face or just the affected area.
  4. Leave it on overnight and wash it off the next day. (You may also wash it off after 30 minutes if you are in a hurry.)
  5. Repeat this remedy every alternate day.

2. Vitamin E Oil With Yogurt And Lemon

Lemon contains vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant and has an anti-inflammatory effect on acne lesions (5). However, avoid this remedy if you have sensitive skin as lemon can burn or irritate it.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (squeezed out from the capsules)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon yogurt
Method
  1. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Cleanse your face and apply the mixture.
  3. Leave it on to dry and then wash off with cold water.
  4. Repeat this once every alternate day.

3. Vitamin E Oil And Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil (5%) is helpful in treating mild to moderate acne and does not have many side effects (6).

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil
Method
  1. Mix both the ingredients.
  2. Massage the mixture on the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
  4. Follow this routine once every alternate day.

4. Vitamin E Oil And Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil is widely used in herbal therapies and is effective in treating a number of skin issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis, and allergies (7).

You Will Need
  • 4-5 drops of vitamin E oil
  • 4-5 drops of evening primrose oil
Method
  1. Combine the two ingredients and apply the mixture on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on overnight.
  3. Wash it off the next morning.
  4. Repeat this routine every alternate day.

5. Vitamin E Oil And Jojoba Oil

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Jojoba oil helps keep your skin healthy and improves the condition of acne-prone and lesioned skin (8).

You Will Need
  • 4-5 drops of vitamin E oil
  • 4-5 drops of jojoba oil
Method
  1. Mix both the oils.
  2. Apply the mixture on the affected area.
  3. Leave it on overnight and wash it off the next morning.
  4. Follow this routine every alternate day.

Though vitamin E is an effective antioxidant and beneficial for your skin, it may also cause some serious complications. Check out the next section to find out more.

Vitamin E Oil For Acne: Potential Risks

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You may experience a reaction if you are allergic to vitamin E. It may irritate your skin and worsen any existing skin condition. It may even cause contact dermatitis. In a case involving a 63-year-old woman with a history of vitiligo, the use of a vitamin E oil solution on her skin led to the development of new vitiliginous lesions on areas that were previously unaffected (9).

Some vitamin E oils contain certain types of preservatives and stabilizers (a few brands mention them) that may cause problems. The US Food and Drug Administration does not regulate vitamin E oil. This means, the same product from two different brands may have different concentrations and might react differently on your skin.

Therefore, check the ingredients list carefully before buying vitamin E oil. Also, do an allergy test to find out if you are allergic to vitamin E oil. Moreover, it is better to consult a dermatologist before using anything on your face. Taking proper care before introducing your skin to a new ingredient is the best way to avoid any complications.

Vitamin E oil is a versatile substance with innumerable skin benefits. You can ingest its capsules as supplements or apply its oil on your face. Be it beautiful hair, nails, or skin, people use it for a plethora of beauty benefits. Try it out and let us know how your skin felt. If you have any more questions about vitamin E, post them in the comments section below, and we’ll get back to you.

References

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  5. Vitamin C in dermatology”, Indian Dermatology Online Journal, US National Library of Medicine.
  6. The efficacy of 5% topical..”, Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, US National Library of Medicine.
  7. A review of..”, Holistic Nursing Practice.
  8. Clay Jojoba oil..”, ResearchGate.
  9. Correspondence”, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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