Vitamin E is an excellent topical ointment for reducing scars. You can rub vitamin E oil on old scars and new wounds to reduce permanent scarring. While many commercial creams contain it, you can also just use the contents of a vitamin E capsule to apply to the scar or the wound.
How to Use Vitamin E to Reduce Scars
Clean the scar or wound area very carefully. Vitamin E is not antibacterial or antifungal. Topical oils can actually trap bacteria and provide fertile breeding grounds for an infection, so clean the area well.
Use a sterile pin to poke the vitamin E capsule open. Squeeze out some of the oil onto a cotton swab. Be careful not to touch the oil directly with your hands or spill it on clothing or upholstery.
Carefully dab the vitamin E oil on the scar or wound until lightly coated. Do not rub the oil in.
Cover the area with a light layer of gauze if you're concerned about the oil getting on fabric, in eyes, or on upholstery. Do not use a bandage over the vitamin E oil for long periods of time; this can trap bacteria or fungus.
Keep the vitamin E oil on the scar or wound for at least four to five hours. Wash the area within eight hours to remove 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 the oil for one to two months for best results.