Vitamin E Cream for Acne Scars?

I have acne and acne scars.From time to time i get a chemical peel but i was wondering is vitamin E cream/oil safe to use and is it effective to get rid of scars on my face?

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Vitamin E cream will not help acne scars but will probably make the acne worse.

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Vitamin E cream will not help acne scars but the oils in the vehicle will probably make the acne worse.

There is no good scientific evidence that Vitamin E cream does much of anything for scars. See a dermatologist for options for acne scar removal such as dermabrasion, lasers, fillers, etc.

Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon


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Vitamin E topically for scars is certainly safe although there is a slight chance you may develop an allergy to it with continued use.  Unfortunately, it won't be very effective.  Laser treatment, because of their safety and efficacy is the best option available for acne scars at this point in time.  I hope this helps.

Peter J. Jenkin, MD, FAAD
Seattle Dermatologic Surgeon
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Vitamin E for acne scars

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Vitamin E is unlikely to help either the blemishes (red or brown spots left after acne ) or the true scar (depressed or raised bumps). It souds like you need to be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist. Make sure you acne is under control.

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist


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If you’re trying to make your acne scars better you need to have laser treatment, depending on how deep they are or what kind of scars you are dealing with. You have a few different options. There is Profractional laser, micro laser peel or even a face lift to stretch the skin and help improve the deeper scars. Good luck..


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Vitamin E Cream to Treat Acne Scars

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Unfortunately, Vitamin E cream will not help to improve your acne scars.  While it will deliver moisture to your skin, the cream or oil base that the Vitamin E is formulated in may even cause your acne to flare.  Chemical peels, when performed in a series, can be beneficial for some types of acne scars (including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation - the brown spots left behind after acne clears.)  The most effective permanent treatment for most types of acne scars is fractional laser resurfacing.  There are many types of lasers that fit into this category; they all work with a different type of laser energy, but have the same basic mechanism of stimulating collagen and healthy skin cell formation, while leaving untreated areas of intact skin between the treated areas to promote faster healing.

Eric Schweiger, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

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