Vitamin E oil is a natural treatment that has been used for centuries to treat various skin conditions.
Some people use Vitamin E oil to treat seborrheic dermatitis but there is no evidence that it works. However, vitamin E oil can help to reduce the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis by balancing sebum production, improving skin barrier and protecting from cell damage.
Let’s take a deep dive:
What is Vitamin E oil?
Vitamin E oil can be natural or synthetic. The natural version is extracted from plant oil, primarily soybean oil. Synthetic vitamin E is produced from petrochemicals.
The oil has many benefits and can be used to treat a variety of issues. It is often added to skin care products to help protect the skin from the sun and other environmental factors. Vitamin E oil is also used as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments.
What are the benefits of Vitamin E oil?
Vitamin E oil has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce inflammation and redness associated with seborrheic dermatitis. It is also a moisturizer, which can help to keep the skin hydrated and fight dryness.
Vitamin E oil’s antioxidant properties make it beneficial in fighting free radicals, which can damage the skin cells. This makes it a potentially effective treatment for signs of aging such as wrinkles or age spots.
Vitamin E oil may also help improve the symptoms of conditions such as asthma, eczema, and psoriasis. It can even help reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Is vitamin E oil good for seborrheic dermatitis?
There are many different treatments available for seborrheic dermatitis, but vitamin E oil is becoming an increasingly popular choice. The oil is applied topically to the skin and is said to be effective in reducing symptoms such as itching and redness. However, the effectiveness of this treatment is not proven.
Having said that, Vitamin E oil has proven anti-inflammatory and and ‘skin barrier-stabilizing’ properties, both of which can improve the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis and soothe your skin.
Vitamin E oil is a natural antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage. It is thought to help improve blood circulation and promote healing. When applied to the scalp, it may help to soothe inflammation and itching. Incorporating Vitamin E into your haircare routine moisturizes your scalp, preventing dry skin and potentially keeping dandruff at bay.
To fight inflammation, you need to look internally. Foods high in vitamin E or vitamin E supplements may soothe your immune system, reducing its hyper-reactivity to Malassezia.
Side effects of Vitamin E oil
When applying Vitamin E oil to the skin and scalp, be aware of the potential side effects. Although rare, some people have allergic reactions to Vitamin E. Vitamin E can also cause contact dermatitis; a condition that results in red, irritated skin.
Using too much vitamin E oil can clog your pores, leading to acne breakouts and oily skin. This build-up of oils feeds Malassezia, the yeast that plays a big role in seborrheic dermatitis.
Vitamin E oil may also be irritative and need to be diluted for use. Make sure you use a carrier oil that is safe for seborrheic dermatitis.
Use caution when applying vitamin E oil to the skin. As with any new treatment, it is always best to start slowly and monitor any potential side effects. If you experience any irritation or discomfort while using vitamin E oil, discontinue use immediately.
What is the best way to use Vitamin E oil for seborrheic dermatitis?
I would only recommend topical Vitamin E oil for seborrheic dermatitis if you have dry, aging skin. Absorption is not an issue as the oil is quite easily absorbed. However, a little goes a long way. You can apply the oil twice a day – morning and night. Just make sure to avoid getting the oil in your eyes.
However, I am a huge fan of skin care products that contain Vitamin E oil. It’s a good moisturizer and has all these awesome anti-aging and skin repair benefits.
Vitamin E oil is also a great natural way to improve the health of your scalp. It can be used as a leave-in treatment by massaging a few drops of Vitamin E oil directly onto the scalp, or you can mix it in with your shampoo or conditioner for an added shine and hydration boost.
If you feel ‘inflamed’ – some people have described it as if their body is on fire – this is a sign that you need to change your lifestyle and diet to reset your immune system. Vitamin E supplementation may be helpful to reduce systemic inflammation.
Further reading: What vitamin deficiency causes seborrheic dermatitis?
Does vitamin E cause seborrheic dermatitis?
There are many types of dermatitis, and it can be difficult to determine what specifically causes seborrheic dermatitis. Some people may think that vitamin E oil is to blame for this skin condition, but there is no evidence to support this claim. In fact, vitamin E is sometimes blamed for causing psoriasis or skin cancer, but these claims have also not been substantiated.
However, never say never. If you think that an IgE mediated reaction (allergy) to Vitamin E oil is to blame for your SD, a skin prick test may help confirm your suspicions.
To wrap up
Vitamin E oil may help to improve seborrheic dermatitis. However, more research is needed to confirm this. I don’t recommend using vitamin E oil for seborrheic dermatitis but skincare products that contain Vitamin E are very useful.