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Scars can wreak havoc on an otherwise flawless complexion. Home remedies, such as vitamin E oil, are a popular way to treat scars. Unfortunately, modern research shows that vitamin E may not be effective at improving the appearance of scars and may even slow the healing process. If you’re not up for pricey, scar removal procedures, your best bet may be to use a little cover-up and let time fade the scar on its own.
“The New York Times” notes that several studies have found that, when applied topically, vitamin E oil is not beneficial in improving the appearance of scars. In some cases, people even developed an allergic reaction, called contact dermatitis, from using it. Because of this risk, many doctors advise against the topical use of vitamin E.
In addition to being sold as a stand-alone product, vitamin E is also a popular ingredient in many over-the-counter products designed to improve the appearance of scars. If you’re using a moisturizer that contains vitamin E for your scars, there’s no need to stop using it, unless, of course, it isn’t working. The moisturizer may contain other active ingredients that are working to fade your scars. If you notice signs of a rash in the area where you’ve been applying the product, stop using it immediately and call your doctor. MayoClinic.Com notes that contact dermatitis is not a serious condition, but it’s aggravating and can occur even after you’ve used a product several times.
If you’re seriously bothered by an old scar and you don’t mind shelling out some cash to correct it, there are several effective treatments. MayoClinic.Com recommends laser treatments, dermabrasion, tissue fillers or even surgery. Some of these procedures are offered at medical spas, but your best bet is to seek the help of a licensed dermatologist. Scar removal is typically not covered by insurance, but many doctors offer a payment plan.
If you’re on a budget or your scar simply doesn’t bother you too much, then your primary goal should be to keep it from getting worse. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can aggravate scars and worsen their appearance. To combat this, apply a liberal amount of sunscreen to the scar area even on days when you’re not planning on spending a lot of time outdoors. If your scars are on your face or other visible parts of your body, top them off with a touch of green concealer. The green works to combat the redness.