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Vitamin E and Skin Care

Oct 8, 2007
Does vitamin E really help your skin look younger? Can the application of creams and lotions that contain this ingredient may reduce the look of scars and other skin blemishes? There are such a diverse number of opinions that it would appear that the jury is out. Devotees of using this ingredient as a skin care supplement are certainly at odds with those who believe that, far from being a panacea for various skin problems, using this vitamin may actually make some skin problems worse. Needless to say there are many mixed messages regarding the use of vitamin E as a skin care supplement and sorting out fact from fantasy can be difficult.

Like many naturally occurring vitamins, this vitamin has been a topic for myth and criticism for almost one hundred years. It has been hailed as a miracle treatment and cure for numerous conditions, from sexual impotence to heart disease.

Lets take the issue of using vitamin E for treating scars from surgery, acne and other skin trauma. Proponents of using vitamin E on scars tell us that the scar and surrounding tissue will be softer and can aid in the healing process. Critics are quick to point out that some people may experience adverse reactions to the topical application of this ingredient that can result in dermatitis and inflammation that may actually work to hinder the natural healing process.

Advocates of vitamin E in the wellness and nutritional supplement industries make the claim that it acts as an antioxidant that controls the process of free radicals which they also claim advance the aging process. Recent peer reviewed medical studies would suggest that this vitamin does not possess the antioxidant qualities that the advocates claim.

The simple truth is that topical applications of vitamin E will not treat or cure skin conditions. Now this is not to say that applying a cream that contains a small amount of vitamin E will help or harm. There are a number of creams, lotions and compounds on the market that will help keep your skin soft and hydrated. Whether you use a simple petroleum jelly, an expensive cream or something in between, your skin will thank you. Do not be taken in by miracle claims for any particular product, certainly when it comes to topical applications of this vitamin. If you are convinced that E will help know that there is not difference between so-called natural vitamin E and the synthetically produced variety, expect perhaps the price.

With so many reports of adverse skin reactions associated with using vitamin E, be sure to consult a qualified medical professional before applying any cream or lotion to your skin. If you notice any redness or swelling, stop using the product and seek immediate medical advice. There are proven ways to maintain good skin health and a healthy look like not smoking, not drinking, avoiding overexposure to ultraviolet rays and eating a proper diet. Remember, you have only one body so take care when ingesting or applying any product that you are not absolutely sure of.
About the Author
Mitch Endick is a short article writer for the popular
skin care web site
provides informative advice on skin care, acne prevention and cure, cosmetic, tanning and sun

effects on the skin. His website, http://www.SkinCareSystem.com is full of skin care

remedies and techniques.
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