Vitamin E has been getting a lot of attention lately for the treatment of acne and acne scarring. So, what prompted this new skin fad? Are there merits to taking vitamin E for the treatment of acne? And what dosages should you take to ensure good results?
First of all, you should know, vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it stores in your body if it is taken in excess amounts, so it is important not to take too much and “overdose”, as you will not expel it like you would water-soluble (meaning you excrete in from your body in the form of urine) vitamins like vitamin C.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin involved in the metabolism and protection of all cells. It facilitates better absorption and protection of existing vitamin A and essential fatty acids from oxidation (destruction brought on by free radicals) in the body cells and prevents the breakdown of body tissues – namely, the skin.
The recommended daily allowance as provided by the FDA for this vitamin is 15 milligrams, and according to a recent survey, most people only get about 7-9 mg of this nutrient per day. Higher dosages are usually found in skin-specific vitamins that are targeted at mending the skin and preventing future environmental damage from free radicals and cell oxidation. Again, be sure not to overdo it, or toxicity may occur.
Vitamin E may be helpful in a faster recovery from acne, as well as helping to erase and smooth scarring and pitting left by acne lesions, due to its exceptional skin-regenerating qualities and skin cell protection from damage.