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Vitamin E Oil for Acne

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Dale Koppel has been writing since 1987 and is author of "The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Online Dating." Her work has appeared in the "Boston Globe," "Miami Herald," "Los Angeles Times" and "Redbook." Koppel has a B.S. in journalism from Boston University, an M.A. in educational psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in curriculum/instruction from University of New Mexico.
Vitamin E Oil for Acne
Vitamin E oil may help acne. Photo Credit Nathan Blaney/Photodisc/Getty Images

Acne is the result of rising hormone levels that cause overactive glands. It blocks canals that bring oil to the surface, traps bacteria that multiply, and causes inflammation and irritation. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, "While acne may not be curable, it is controllable." Many people use vitamin E.


Vitamin E is an antioxidant and an important nutrient that may protect cells against the effects of free radicals and help control acne. It can be part of your diet if you eat broccoli almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds and wheat germ. According to The Acne Resource Center Online, "Studies have shown that vitamin E may help skin recover from acne scarring and reduce the appearance of scars left by acne."

How to Use Vitamin E

Besides including sources of vitamin E in your diet, taking vitamin E internally in capsule form may also help. Many acne sufferers apply acne oil externally to the affected areas, either using the oil from a bottle or breaking a capsule and applying the oil. Some people find the oil from capsules too thick and greasy.

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The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology says greasy applications, including vitamin E, "should be avoided. If your face is dry, your dermatologist can recommend a moisturizer for your face." However, moisturizers can be more expensive than vitamin E. It's up to you to decide whether vitamin E works for you.

Expert Insight

According to American Chronicle, a report in Clinical & Experimental Dermatology showed a direct link between blood levels of vitamin E and acne. People without acne had higher levels of vitamin E than people with acne. A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology noted that vitamin E "helped prevent oils trapped in the pores from becoming rancid and hardened." Vitamin E oil can reduce the appearance of acne scars as well as promote tissue repair and healing of the skin, either on your face or other parts of your body.

Other Nutrients and Minerals

Besides vitamin E, other nutrients and minerals have been shown to strengthen the immune system to help keep skin healthy and prevent acne. These include vitamin A, B complex, zinc, magnesium and essential fatty acids. Like all forms of vitamin E, these are readily available in pharmacies, are inexpensive, and do not require a prescription.

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