You might apply vitamin E oil to your skin to help heal scars, minimize wrinkles or protect you from sun damage. It's a common ingredient in skin care products and most people experience no side effects when applying vitamin E oil. In a select few, though, an allergy to the topical oil may develop, resulting in a rash or aggravation of existing skin conditions such as rosacea.
Vitamin E oil may appear as alpha-tocopherol on the ingredient label of cosmetic products. A 2008 issue of "Dermatitis" reported a case in which a patient experienced contact dermatitis in reaction to application of a moisturizer that included alpha-tocopherol. If you suspect you are allergic to the oil, discontinue its use altogether. Read product labels carefully to ensure you aren't accidentally exposed.
Andrea Boldt has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. A personal trainer, run coach, group fitness instructor and master yoga teacher, she also holds certifications in holistic and fitness nutrition.