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What Is Vitamin E Oil?

By S. Gonzales
Updated May 21, 2024
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Vitamin E oil is a type of oil made from concentrated vitamin E commonly used for its healing, repairing, and anti-aging properties. Uses for this oil can range from smoothing fine lines and wrinkles to treating medical conditions. The most effective form of vitamin E oil is often the most natural.

Vitamin E is considered to be a fat-soluble vitamin. While one source is in food, it can also be found in various oils like corn, soya, and canola. To extract vitamin E from these oils, the oils have to undergo a distillation process. Once this is completed, vitamin E can be processed into liquids, gels, and supplements. Vitamin E oil can also be a result of the distillation process.

This type of oil is popular for its healing capabilities. Vitamin E, in itself, is a very effective antioxidant that can combat the damage that free radicals cause, or help prevent the damage altogether. It can also encourage skin repair when applied externally.

Some common uses of vitamin E oil are those that are topical in nature. This oil can be applied to the skin to prevent or treat sunburn. It may also be used as remedy for other irritating skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. The oil can be applied to scars, marks of hyper-pigmentation, blemishes, and stretch marks by people hoping to reduce the appearance of these conditions.

Vitamin E oil can also be used as a beauty oil when applied to the face. Treating the face with this oil has been thought to reduce the signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. Regular application gives the appearance of healthy, youthful skin. Some individuals might even incorporate the oil into their hair in an effort to encourage their hair's growth.

When choosing a vitamin E oil, it might suit consumers to look for the most natural form of vitamin E that they can find, as synthetic forms of the vitamin can be less effective. Vitamin E marked as being D-alpha tocopherol with mixed natural tocopherols is a natural form of the vitamin, while its similarly named DL-alpha tocopherol is a synthetic version. Additionally, oils made with glyceride will probably not provide as good of results as oils that are made without it. Consumers should be aware that opting for the natural form might cost them a little more money, but the results can be well worth the extra price.

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Discussion Comments
By turquoise — On Aug 04, 2011

I don't use vitamin E oil anymore but I did for a long time when my hair was chemically treated (dyed, bleached). It did wonders! I was even worried about losing hair or having to cut it all off at one point. That's how bad of a condition my hair was in. Vitamin E oil literally became my savior.

Make sure you purchase one with low IU though. The ones with high IU are very very thick. It's not bad but just more difficult to apply on your hair when it's very thick and sticky. Taking Vitamin E supplements is a good idea too. That way, you nourish your hair both from the inside and outside.

By candyquilt — On Aug 04, 2011

@burcidi-- I have read mixed reviews too and I have been looking it up for a surgery scar that I have, not acne scars. They might be similar though.

I think most of the reviews I read say that Vitamin E oil helps with scars. A few said that it irritated their skin but I think that these are the exception. Some people have very sensitive skin so maybe the vitamin E oil irritated them.

I don't have very sensitive skin, so I decided to try it. I got a tiny bottle of it from the pharmacy and have applied it on my scar. I don't know how long I should use it, maybe long enough for the scar to disappear. I'm just applying it once a day.

If you also don't have very sensitive irritant skin, I think it will work for you too. I guess it's just a risk that you might have to take. You can test it on your arm by applying a little bit and leaving it overnight. If it looks red or irritated, don't use it for your acne scars.

Some people use something called bio oil for scars but that has many other ingredients in it, some of them are not natural. The good thing about Vitamin E oil is that it is all natural.

I recommend getting the liquid vitamin E oil in bottles. A friend of mine said she bought vitamin E capsules and tore it to remove the oil. I have no idea why she took the trouble when it's available in liquid form.

By burcidi — On Aug 03, 2011

I have very bad acne scars and I read somewhere that vitamin E oil would make the scars go away.

I have been asking about it on several sites and have also read negative reviews about using vitamin E oil for acne. They say that it can make the scars worse.

I am completely confused now. Has anyone tried vitamin E oil on scars and benefited from it?

If you did, how often did you apply it and for how long?

I really need advice on this, please share!

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