Vitamin E: Does it prevent age spots?
Can vitamin E prevent age spots on skin?-Kim from California
Brown spots (also known as liver spots) show up on skin during aging, and are the result of pigment build-up over a lifetime of sun exposure. Vitamin E has long been promoted as a “cure” for these spots, based perhaps on its antioxidant properties. In fact, there is no evidence that taking large doses of vitamin E will have any effect age spots. Rubbing pure vitamin E on age spots doesn’t help either, and can cause a rash for people whose skin is sensitive to straight vitamin E. Creams and lotions that contain vitamin E in lower amounts might provide general help in protecting skin from sun damage, but not specific help with existing age spots. Still, many websites and product labels continue to advocate vitamin E as a treatment. If age spots are a concern for you, a dermatologist can recommend more effective ways to deal with them. The most you can do on your own is to prevent further sun damage with skin protection and sunscreen.
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