Vitamin E is an important part of any person’s nutritional makeup. This vitamin helps with circulation and proper brain function. People with heart disease and stroke risk are often prescribed vitamin E by their doctor, to help reduce clots and to improve circulatory functioning. Vitamin E is also an excellect topical ointment for reducing scars. You can use vitamin E on old scars and on new wounds, to reduce permanent scarring. While many commercially prepared ointments contain vitamin E, you can also just use a capsule of vitamin E in oil form to apply to the scar or the wound.

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How to Use Vitamin E to Reduce Scars

Buy vitamin E in oil or capsule form. If you choose capsule form, you will need a sterile pin as well as the capsule, to poke the capsule and expel some of th vitamin E oil.

Clean the scar or wound area very carefully. Vitamin E is not antibacterial or anti-fungal. If fungus or bacteria is on the area where the scar or wound is located, unless you clean it properly, the vitamin E oil may trap the bacteria and provide fertile breeding grounds for an infection.

Expel some oil onto a cotton swab. If you use the vitamin E capsule, poke the outer shell of the capsule and squeeze the oil onto the cotton swab. Be careful not to touch the oil directly with your hands, or to spill the oil on clothing or upholstery.

Dab the vitamin E oil on the scar or wound. Lightly coat the area with the vitamin E oil. Do not rub the oil in; you want to dab carefully.

Cover the area with a light layer of gauze if you are concerned about the vitamin E oil getting on fabric, in eyes, or on upholstery. Do not use a bandage over the vitamin E oil; this can trap bacteria or fungus as well.

Keep the vitamin E oil on the scar or wound for at least 4-5 hours before washing the area. Wash the area after 8 hours, to remove trapped bacteria or fungus.

Apply vitamin E to the scar or wound at least once a day for a few weeks, or until the wound has healed. For scars, you may need to apply vitamin E oil for one to two months for best results.