Vitamin E and scar formation

November 8th, 2009

I recently acquired a pretty good scrape on my wrist. Not wanting it to scar, I bought a little bottle of vitamin E to rub on it. I got to wondering (long after I’d made the purchase and made a habit of rubbing the greasy slime on my wrist) whether there’s any science behind my notion (and the bottle’s claim) that vitamin E can prevent scar formation. In short: no. It is also powerless to remove existing scars.

I ran across suggestions to use aloe vera or onion extract, but I found those claims pretty easily debunked. The New York Times article linked to above recommends Vitamin C, but I wasn’t able to find any studies to either confirm or refute those claims.

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