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Can Fam Physician. 2006 Jul;52:855-6.

Vitamin E for treating children's scars. Does it help reduce scarring?

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  • 1Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ont.

Abstract

QUESTION:

A few of my patients have been told to use vitamin E cream after surgery or repair of a laceration. What is the evidence for this suggestion, and is this treatment suitable for all patients?

ANSWER:

Vitamin E is the main lipid-soluble antioxidant in the skin. Several anecdotal reports have suggested that topical use of vitamin E cream can reduce scar formation. Current evidence from the literature, however, does not support that proposition. In fact, studies report some adverse effects with use of vitamin E. Further research is needed before application of vitamin E cream becomes the standard of care.

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PMC1781083
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