Vitamin E for Acne | Vitamin E is probably the most popular vitamin associated with acne and skin care

Vitamin E is probably the most popular vitamin associated with acne and skin care in general. In fact, I noticed that Vitamin E is typically marketed as a vitamin for women who want to look young and beautiful even in their 40s.

Actually, there is a very good reason for that marketing move; Vitamin E really is a miracle vitamin when it comes to achieving healthy and glowing skin.
Vitamin E is fat-soluble vitamin and if you have been paying close attention to my previous posts on Vitamins for acne, you will know that fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed by the body with the aid of fat cells. As a food source, or even as a supplement, Vitamin E helps our immune system because it is one of the most potent anti-oxidants; more on anti-oxidants later. Anyway, Vitamin E supplements come in many forms – tablets, capsules, or liquid. They may also be applied topically as a cream or oil. However, according to the U.S. National Institute of Health, the natural form of Vitamin E  (taken from food sources) is twice as active as an anti-oxidant as the synthetic vitamin options. For this reason foods rich in Vitamin E are listed below (scroll down or keep reading).
Vitamin E For Acne
The recommended daily intake of Vitamin E is 30 IU and must not exceed 1,500 IU. Like most fat-soluble vitamins, when Vitamin E is taken in excess, the body stores it in our livers and kidneys causing organ damage.
What Are Anti-Oxidants and How Can They Affect Acne-Formation?
Anti-oxidants are vitamins that bind free radicals in the body. Free radicals can damage the skin making you look 20-30 years older. Also, several studies have already proven that an increase in free radicals in the system worsens acne breakouts. As an example, the “Journal of Investigative Dermatology” published a study that shows how Vitamin E can help ease breakouts because of its anti-oxidant properties. In other words Vitamin E is more of a preventive measure for acne rather than a curative one.
Vitamin E for Acne Scars
I think we can all agree that acne scars are even more frustrating than acne itself. Luckily, several researches indicate that Vitamin E can effectively reduce scarring from acne wounds. Aside from taking an average of 1,000 IU of Vitamin E daily, you can also apply the vitamin directly on your acne scars.
Simply take a Vitamin E capsule, puncture it with a needle, and squeeze out the oil into your palm. Dab the Vitamin E oil on the area where there are acne scars and blend on downward strokes. Make sure that your face and hands are clean before you do this procedure.
Foods Rich in Vitamin E
  • Wheat Germ Oil                               60.1 IU for every Tablespoon
  • Almonds                                             20.0 IU for every Almond Nut
  • Sunflower Seeds                              34.02 IU for every Sunflower Seed Kernel
  • Raw Nuts and Seeds                       22.30 IU for every Nut
  • Green Leafy Vegetables                4.4 IU for every 100gms
  • Sweet Potatoes                                 1 IU for every 100gms
I know I have mentioned earlier that Vitamin E from food sources are twice as potent as those from synthetic supplements. However, you may have noticed that even the top food sources of Vitamin E have very little Vitamin E content. Therefore, taking daily supplements of Vitamin E might not be a bad idea. As always you’ll want to consult with your doctor or dermatologist on how to best proceed.

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