Derms say this key ingredient reverses skin damage

If you want to try the topical route, Aguilar says almost everyone can benefit from using vitamin E topically. “Vitamin E works well to help with wound healing and desquamation,” says Parcells. “It’s also useful as an antioxidant and can be used with vitamin C to help repair skin damage. It’s a great moisturizer and can be therapeutic for improving skin tone and elasticity.”

Specific skin types that may benefit most from vitamin E are those with chronically dry and inflamed skin, atopic dermatitis and eczema, says Rodney. But check with your dermatologist first before using it to treat chronic conditions.

And while the ingredient may be useful everywhere, some people may experience some irritation, such as superficial dermatitis. “If you have oily skin, vitamin E may not be the best option for you,” adds Rodney. “It can potentially clog pores and increase the likelihood of breakouts. If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to do a patch test first.”

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