Study on Vitamin E for Stretch Marks
I noticed alot of people using or recommending Vitamin E for stretch marks. Something you should read.....This was a study done for Pharmacists.........there is alot of data out there that corresponds with this study FYI...........
"Topical vitamin E has, therefore, been tried for a wide variety of dermatological lesions.39 Vitamin E, at least taken orally, appears to have an inhibitory effect on the inflammation process.37 Somewhat paradoxically, topical application of vitamin E has at times been associated with inflammatory reactions, contact dermatitis and eczematous lesions.37
Topical vitamin E has been tried to minimize scars, speed the healing of wounds and burns, and to treat aging skin and dermatitis, among others.37,39 Its usefulness, however, is not clear.
One study looked at the efficacy of topical vitamin E in improving scars in 15 patients who had had surgery to remove skin cancers. All wounds were primarily closed in two layers. Patients then received two ointments, A and B. Ointment A was Aquaphor, an emollient, and ointment B was Aquaphor with vitamin E. Each patientís wound area was randomly divided into parts A and B, and patients were asked to put ointment A on area A and ointment B on area B, twice a day for four weeks.
The study was double-blinded, and patients and physicians independently assessed the cosmetic appearance of the scars on weeks one, four and 12. The criteria were to determine which side of the scar looked better, if there was a difference. A third blinded investigator was asked to make the same determinations from photographs.
Vitamin E was not found to improve the appearance of scars in this trial and it also led to a high incidence (33 percent of patients studied) of contact dermatitis. It was reported that in 90 percent of the patients in this study, vitamin E either had no effect on or worsened the cosmetic appearance of the scars.39
Another double-blinded study compared vitamin E cream, a topical steroid cream (triamcinolone) and just the cream base in 159 operative procedures for post-burn contractures of interdigital webs (96), the axilla (46), or the neck (17). Range of motion, scar thickness, change in graft size and cosmetic appearance were monitored for a year. Neither vitamin E nor the topical steroid showed a beneficial effect compared to placebo (cream base). Adverse reactions were more common in patients receiving active drug (16.4 percent) than in those receiving the placebo base (5.9 percent.) The authors concluded that neither vitamin E nor the topical steroid effectively decreased scar formation after grafting procedures for reconstruction for post-burn contractures.40"