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Vitamin E For Acne Scars: Can It Really Help? - Health Orienteer
Vitamin E For Acne Scars: Can It Really Help?

Vitamin E For Acne Scars: Can It Really Help?

Scars are like unwanted souvenirs which look slightly different than the normal skin and carry the memories of our childhood. In my case, the acne has been a real issue since the high school and I even remember the time when I was dreaming to wake up next morning with completely new skin. Unfortunately, the reality is far from such simplicity.

Vitamin E For Acne Scars

Due to my problem, I would spend most of the time at home, as I felt extremely uncomfortable with how my skin looked. Despite the fact that I found the perfect solution for acne I was still unhappy because my face was covered with scars. Likely soon I found the Vitamin E oil which has completely changed my life and helped me to get the confidence back which I really needed.

Now I would like to share my personal experience using the Vitamin E, in order to give you the full picture of what I have gone through and what I have achieved at the end.

What Causes Acne Scars?

Since the acne is a common problem I’m sure most of you have gotten some acne scars on the skin and we all want to get rid of them, however before we do that it’s important to understand what causes acne scars. Some of you might don't know that not all acne turns into acne scars, but when the scarring does occur it is usually caused by more serious inflammatory acne lesions including the red pimples or cysts. Plus the worse the inflammation the worse the scar. 

Structure Of The Skin

The visible component of acne scars lies in the top two layers of the skin called epidermis and the dermis. The important factor with dermis is that in this area the hair follicles, nerves, oil glands, collagen, and blood vessels are located. So when the dermis is damaged to the point that any of the tissues are actually destroyed you get a scar on your skin. The destruction of healthy dermal tissue occurs once a pus-filled pimple or cysts ruptures and spills out into the surrounding healthy tissue.

When it comes to the dark spots the situation is a little bit different because to fight the inflammation, our body releases way too much melanin that gives the skin its color and that's how we get a dark spots.

Common Types of Acne Scars

When healthy dermal tissue is destroyed our body tries to repair it, but the repair process is quite imperfect because the body can’t rebuild the destroyed healthy tissue. Instead, it does what it can which is to make hard fibrous collagen which you recognize as a scar tissue. It usually starts out red or pink but then fades away when time passes and gradually becomes lighter than your normal skin color.

Different Types Of Acne Scars

Now I would like to give you the brief explanation of each type of acne scar so that you get a better understanding. Identifying the type of scar is also important during the treatment procedure since you have more information on how to better treat the damaged skin. Generally, acne scars fall into two categories those caused by a loss of tissue - Atrophic and those caused by an excess of tissue - Hypertrophic. Within these categories, acne scars fall into one of four types  Ice Pick, Boxcar, Rolling and Hypertrophic or Keloid Scars.

Ice Pick Scars

Most common type of facial acne scar is the Ice-Pick Scars, which is represented by the curved sloped walls. Usually, those scars are deep, very narrow that extend into the dermis. The skin looks as if it has been pierced by an ice pick or sharp instrument. Ice pick scars develop after an infection from a cyst or other deep inflamed blemish and work its way to the surface. Those scars seem to make a small deep hole in the skin, some may look like a large, open pore.

Boxcar Scars

Boxcar scars are round or oval depressions with steep vertical sides, with a flat bottom shaped like a box. It's worth noting that the Boxcar is wider than ice pick scars and they give the skin a pitted appearance. The reason why Boxcars appear is that the inflammatory breakout destroys collagen and the tissue is lost. The skin over this area is left without support and a depressed area is created. Considering the amount of lost tissue, the Boxcar scars may be severe. 

Rolling Scars

This type of scarring causes rolling or wave-like depressions on the normal skin. Rolling scars arise when fibrous bands develop between the skin and the subcutaneous tissue (the innermost layer of skin). These bands pull the epidermis, binding it to deeper structures of the skin. It is this pulling of the epidermis from within the skin, which creates the rolling appearance.

Hypertrophic or Keloid Scars

A hypertrophic scar looks like a raised, firm massive tissue. These types of scars often grow larger than the original wound. Unlike Ice Pick or Boxcar scars, Hypertrophic scars are not caused by a loss of tissue, rather they are developed because of an overproduction of collagen. Sometimes our body produces too much collagen which creates a bump of raised tissue above the skin surface. While keloid scar is common on the torso, it's rare on the face area.

Since you know what causes acne scars and why there are different types of damaged tissue on our skin, now it's a perfect time to learn how to prevent them.

Getting Rid of Acne Scars

Getting rid of acne is quite hard on its own, but when you feel like you finally did it here is another problem: post-acne scars, wrinkles, and dark spots. A lot of people spend tons of money on cosmetic procedures, laser treatment or expensive creams which are not worth the effort. With is method now you can completely forget about those things as I’m going to reveal just a simple home remedy, that has saved my life and doesn’t require any impossible to find products. 

All those three problems which I listed above have one little common enemy which I discovered a couple of years ago. I was first suggested to use the Vitamin E Oil on my acne scars by my friend which also had the same problem. After using the following product on my skin I decided to share my personal experience and recommendation in this post.

Vitamin E Oil for Acne Scars

Vitamin E Oil For Acne

Vitamin E is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant that can rejuvenate your health as well as your beauty. It's a group of compounds that benefit both your hair and skin that's why we see an endless number of beauty products that have vitamin E as the main ingredient.

People use the following product to treat acne scars. Being an antioxidant it also accelerates the healing process of damaged skin cells and prevents scars from becoming permanent. Plus its moisturizing property keeps the skin hydrated and helps repair damaged tissue.

The regular application of Vitamin E moisturizes the skin and improves the blood circulation. It's also great for clearing up scars or diminishing them, since It goes beneath the surface of the skin and blocks free radicals, which are very harmful, especially to scar tissue because they obstruct the healing process. Plus the Vitamin E is great for sunburns since it protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays and promotes the healthy tissue regeneration.

Besides fighting the acne scars on our face the following product is also a perfect solution for treating wrinkles, age spots and Stretch Marks on your body. The Vitamin E oil boosts the production of collagen which adds elasticity to our skin, prevents aging signs and helps to lighten up scars. While considering the fact that Vitamin E is an important part of any person’s nutritional makeup it also contributes to proper brain functioning. Plus people with heart disease and stroke risk are often prescribed Vitamin E by their doctors, to help reduce clots and to improve blood circulation.

How to Perform a Face Treatment

Apply Vitamin E On Face

Vitamin E is an excellent topical ointment for reducing scars and it's used in many commercially prepared products. You can use it on old scars, as well as on new wounds to reduce permanent scarring. 

Clean the area carefully, where you are planning to apply the oil  

Squeeze the oil onto the cotton swab

Dab the Vitamin E oil on the scar

If you are using the Vitamin E in a capsule then you will need to poke the outer shell with a sterile pin and expel the oil. But remember to clean the affected area first before you apply the product, since the oil may trap the bacteria and provide fertile breeding grounds for an infection. Also be careful not to touch the oil directly with your hands, instead use the cotton swabs. Once everything is prepared, lightly apply the oil on the affected skin, massage it gently and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water, to remove trapped bacteria or fungus.

Apply Vitamin E to the scar regularly, at least once a day until the wound has healed. It's also worth noting that those scars won't disappear overnight, so you may need to apply Vitamin E oil for 1 or 2 months for best results. Also do not use a bandage over the Vitamin E oil, as it can trap bacteria or fungus inside your skin.

Applying the Vitamin E on our skin is beneficial because it gets absorbed right away and helps to prevent oxidization. However, the Vitamin E molecules are quite large and they usually get stuck in our pores. To prevent this I usually mix one part vitamin E oil with Jojoba Oil, because the following molecules are very small and they basically go into the pores and opens them up. Here 

Vitamin E Oil And Jojoba Oil

  • 5 drops of vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops of Jojoba oil
Jojoba Oil

Vitamin E Oil And Coconut Oil

You can also mix an organic coconut oil and vitamin E oil and apply to your skin.

Coconut Oil
  • 5 drops of vitamin E oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Vitamin E Oil And Aloe Vera

Try using the Vitamin E oil and Aloe vera mixture for treating the acne scars.

  • 2-3 vitamin E capsules
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
Aloe Vera Gel

It's always a great idea to apply a little bit of Vitamin E oil on the forearm and see how your body reacts, before using it on your skin. Also if you have an oily skin the following procedure might not be the best solution, as it will add another layer of greasy oil to your skin. Therefore it would be better to look for another solution for treating acne scars. Also considering the fact that the oil makes your skin sticky, it's better to use the Vitamin E oil before bedtime.

Vitamin E Foods For Skin

Vitamin E is good for your health simply because it's an antioxidant and stops the free radicals that cause damage to our body. The great thing is that we can simply get the Vitamin E naturally by including specific food into our diet. 

The Vitamin E is found in the following foods:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Leafy Greens
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    Olive Oil
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    Sweet Potatoes

It's also worth noting that taking the Vitamin E in a natural form is easier for our body to absorb, compared to the supplements. In case if you decide to take Vitamin E supplements make sure that it has a combination of tocopherol as well as tocotrienols. Plus it’s important to know exactly how much Vitamin E should you take per day.

Do not increase the intake of Vitamin E more than it’s recommended otherwise there might be some serious side effects. For instance, it can increase bleeding in patients who are taking blood-thinning medicines.

Acne Scars Before And After

After using the vitamin E for a month you will be able to see noticeable results. Your skin will look much better and the scarring will fade away. It's also worth noting that considering your current skin condition the final results might be different. However, if you continue using the Vitamin E on your face every night before bedtime, soon you will get rid of acne scars.

Also if you are just starting with this treatment, you can keep track of your own results on weekly basis by simply taking pictures and then comparing the results.

Having pimples itself is a nightmare, but once we cure the acne they leave marks on our face which is really annoying. So now I am going to share very effective tips on how to prevent the scarring and what you can do while your acne is still inflamed or the wound is still healing.

The first and most important thing is to make sure you are not picking at your acne, this is absolutely the number one cause of acne scarring. If you are picking at your acne you are creating a problem for yourself. You need to extract your acne in a clean environment and remember not to pick your acne. 

Picking Acne

Also, the most important thing is post extraction care. First, the skin becomes red after extraction so it's better to use products that have cooling ingredients, that can soothe harshly irritated skin. Next, it's great to apply a treatment cream on the area that you extracted your acne, to help regenerate the skin, prevent hyper-pigmentation and further acne forming.

Personal hygiene is super important, so make sure your face is clean before you go to bed. In the morning you should be able to recover because your skin's natural antibiotic system helps to fight off bacteria at nighttime, so by leaving nothing on your skin actually allows your skin to breathe.

Also don’t feel lazy to wash off your makeup, since it can bring more harm to your skin then you can even imagine. By gently washing the face twice a day, will keep your skin hydrated and remove dead skin cells and most importantly an extra layer of oil from the skin surface.

Healthy Food

Following the right diet is a really effective solution to fight the inflammation and acne. A certain type of food can definitely cause random breakouts, so you have to think seriously about your diet. Once you make any changes it will take you at least 1 week to see the result, but always remember that low-sugar and well-balanced diet is crucial to avoid acne on your skin.

Dermatologist Consultation

Dermatology Consultation

Acne is a long-term skin disease which requires some serious attention, therefore I highly recommend visiting the dermatologist to fully understand how serious is your problem.

Usually, people have a feeling that everything cures naturally and it only takes time, but in reality, you should first get the professional advice from the doctor and then start a right treatment in order to get the best result.

Even though there are different methods to treat the acne scars the Vitamin E Oil has been the most beneficial for me. I wrote this article to share my personal experience, so if you are also interested first I recommend consulting with your doctor or a nutritionist before starting using any supplements. Also, remember that eating healthy and getting a wide variety of nutrients is crucial for the optimal functioning of our body.

If you have any questions just let me know in the comments below and I will try to help you.

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