Vitamin E doesn't enhance wound healing

26 Jul

Anti-oxidants play an important role in reducing inflammation and increasing collagen production. Vitamin E is one of the major antioxidants present in skin, and for many years has been used as a topical treatment for wounds and scars.

Unfortunately, in practice vitamin E preparations have not been shown to provide wound healing benefits.

A study followed people after skin cancer surgery. Participants treated one end of their wound with vitamin E plus emollient cream, and the other end with emollient cream alone. Wounds were treated twice daily for four weeks.

Study results:

  • 33 per cent of the participants developed contact dermatitis - redness and irritation at the site where vitamin E was used.
  • 12 weeks after treatment, the area treated with vitamin E was no better or worse in 90 per cent of cases.

Due to the lack of benefit and high rate of side effects, we don't recommend using vitamin E on healing wounds.

Instead, we recommend the following measures to speed wound healing and reduce the risk of scarring:

  • Silicone/hypochlorous acid gel
  • Low level light therapy
  • A balanced diet containing high levels of vitamin C, fish oil
  • No smoking