As a human being, probably one of life’s most common yet complex issues is fighting acne from the age of puberty through adulthood.
Statistics show that more than 50 million Americans have acne problems. Count yourself very fortunate if you have never had any real issue with acne.
If you have severe acne issues, then finding a cure to get rid of it is your everyday mission.
There is scientifically no cure for acne. However, there are steps you can take to prevent acne from being a problem.
Another word commonly used for acne is pimples. Pimples are red bumps filled with pus. They are usually sore and irritated.
Normally they are seen during puberty ages, however, they can appear at any time.
When you see small, round solid bumps, these are known as papules.
f these round bumps become infected and fill with pus, they are known as pustules.
When you have a large papule deep in the skin, it is called a nodule.
If the nodule is visible on the skin and filled with pus it is known as a cyst. Both cysts and nodules can be very painful.
How Does Vitamin E Help Fight Acne?
Acne is a long-lasting, inflammatory condition of the skin. Statistics show that 15% of the 50 million Americans with acne also deal with acne scars. Most times acne is thought of as just a chronic issue of unwanted bumps and zits popping up on the face.
In fact, acne can also cause spots, zits, and bumps to pop up on the skin. These are commonly seen on the face, neck, back, shoulders, chest, and arms. These bumps can be in different forms, such as whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, and nodules.
Whiteheads are small, white round bumps visible on the surface of the skin. They occur because of clogged pores. Pores become clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, makeup, and oils. Therefore, your cleansing ritual or lifestyle may be to blame. The other causing factor may be your genetic make-up.
If your skin type is very oily, then this adds to the higher possibility of having clogged pores and developing whiteheads.
Blackheads are small dark or black bumps visible on the skin’s surface.
This is due to clogged hair follicles. The gland that produces oil in the follicle is called the sebaceous gland and the oil it produces is referred to as sebum. When the follicle is clogged and the skin remains closed over the bump, then it is a white head.
When the skin opens over the clog, the oxygen turns the clog dark or black and this is when it becomes a blackhead.
Naturally, your skin produces its own oil to keep moisturized. The oil-producing glands, sebaceous glands, are very small glands that create the oil, sebum. The sebum moisturizes the skin and hair. These glands are located throughout the body within the skin’s pores.
There are 2 places in which sebaceous glands are not found, the hands and soles of the feet. Most of the sebaceous glands are located in the face and scalp areas. Your body constantly sheds dead skin, but sometimes the dead skin does not shed. This causes the dead skins thus get stuck in the pore and along with the sebum, they cause pore blockage.
Sometimes clogged pores become infected. When the pore is clogged, a bacterium known as Propionibacterium acnes grows. This bacterium is already in the skin, but given the dead skin cell and sebum, it can grow much faster. The bacterium feeds off the sebum and makes a substance that affects the skin causing it to be inflamed and spotted.
It is possible there may be 2 strains of the bacterium in the skin pores. According to the Washington University School of Medicine, their research shows there may be a good strain and a bad strain. The scientists were studying why some people have problems with pimples and others do not (https://source.wustl.edu/2013/02/study-may-explain-why-some-people-get-pimples/).
It was found that not all strains of bacterium result in acne. In fact, there may be a good strain that protects the skin.
Over the years, you may have heard that Vitamin E for acne is the way to fight.
What is it about Vitamin E that would be great against acne? Vitamin E is made up of four tycopherol proteins and four tocotreinol proteins. These are fat-soluble compounds.
It is known to contain antioxidants. Antioxidants fight against free radicals in the body. Free radicals are known to damage body cells. Therefore, vitamin E is good for protecting the body’s skin cells from being damaged while at the same time positively contributing to a healthier immune system.
One of the first signs of vitamin E deficiency is dry irritated skin. Healthy skin is key to preventing acne, whether acne is caused by genetics or lifestyle. One of the loved attributes of vitamin E is that it moisturizes the skin.
Your skin can get easily irritated and inflamed when it is dry. Keeping it moisturized is important and with vitamin E, a protective oil barrier is formed locking in moisture. Another great attribute is that it may also improve blood flow, which in turn improves scalp and hair health.
Vitamin E oil is absorbed into the skin quickly because it is fat-soluble. This leads to faster healing of acne and acne scars. It controls the production of collagen and elastin in the skin.
The collagen strengthens the skin and may help with the skin’s elasticity and hydration. It can reduce skin wrinkles and dryness as well.
Although there can be many factors contributing to hormonal imbalance, keeping your hormones in check can help fight against acne. Studies have shown that acne may be initiated by an increase in androgen levels.
When androgen increases, it results in larger sebaceous glands, which in turn yields more oil being produced. Too much sebum can damage skin cell walls allowing for growth of bacteria. In women, the androgen hormone turns into estrogen.
To help keep your hormones in balance naturally, start with getting adequate sleep and maintaining low-stress levels. Practice healthy eating, exercise regularly and spend time in the sun.
How Do You Use Vitamin E for Acne?
After discovering vitamin E, you may have asked how do you use vitamin E for acne.
There are 2 ways to get vitamin E into your body. You can eat it or apply it directly to the skin.
Studies show that consuming vitamin E aids in balancing cholesterol. In its natural state, cholesterol is in good balance. When the cholesterol is oxidized, it becomes bad.
Vitamin E fights to prevent this oxidization from occurring.
Eating foods with vitamin E may also help fight Alzheimer’s disease, may improve vision, lower risk of cancer, increase physical energy, may relieve menstruation symptoms, help to thicken hair and repair damaged skin.
The best foods to consume for vitamin E include:
- Sunflower Seeds
- Wheat Germ
- Butternut Squash
When eating these foods, you will want to keep in mind the amount of the food you are consuming to reach the daily value amount.
Eating 1 cup of sunflower seeds or almonds will provide 220% and 218% daily value, respectively.
Hazelnuts and wheat germ provide 133% and 118%, respectively, the daily value in 1 cup.
An entire raw mango weighing approximately 3 milligrams will give you 20% daily value while 1 whole raw avocado weighing about 2.7 milligrams will give you 18% daily value.
Eating the recommended daily amount is especially important for infants, children, pregnant and nursing mothers and the elderly. The reason is that of its ability to protect critical fatty acids and controlling inflammation.
In some cases, vitamin E must be consumed along with other elements to improve specific areas of health; such as in the case of vision improvement. You must consume vitamin C, beta-carotene, and zinc while consuming vitamin E in order to be effective for vision.
These vitamins together help fight macular degeneration, which is known to cause blindness. Consuming selenium with vitamin E may lessen your chances of getting cancer. Also, consuming vitamin E with vitamin C may decrease the risk of dementia.
Research shows that tocotrienols in vitamin E protect against Alzheimer’s and may slow down memory loss.
Did you know that you could prevent your body from absorbing vitamin E? Just because you consume vitamin E does not mean your body is absorbing it. You have to be careful not to consume the foods that cause the body to not absorb the vitamin E.
One of the main common causes of vitamin E malabsorption is the leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut happens when foods you are intolerant to, mainly foods that contain gluten, eat away at your intestinal walls allowing bacteria and toxins to leak through the walls of the intestines.
Also, the little hairs within the intestines freeze up and are unable to do their job of pulling nutrients out of the food and passing it along into the body as needed.
When this is severe, holes begin to develop in the intestines, which leads to food elements literally getting into the bloodstream.
Another cause of vitamin E not being absorbed is simply aging. The amount of hydrochloric acid and enzymes decreases after the age of 40. Naturally enzymes break down the food you eat. When the food is broken down, then the enzymes can absorb the nutrients.
The one enzyme that is needed to absorb vitamin E and A is lipase. Lipase digests the fats consumed.
All hope of optimal vitamin E absorption is not lost. There are things you can do to improve your absorption of vitamin E. This is especially important if you have a disease that prevents vitamin absorption.
It is suggested to take a water-soluble form of vitamin E. This allows it to be absorbed from the intestines via water surrounding the cells. You can also take vitamin E supplements.
Although the food may be the preferred way to absorb vitamin E, you also have the option of applying it directly to the skin. Applying vitamin E to the skin may repair and improve the damaged tissue. Vitamin E oil should be applied cautiously, especially if applying on the face.
The oil is heavy and because of this weight, it could clog the pores and provoke further breakout. Skin application of oil could also cause an allergic reaction.
If you are applying vitamin E oil directly to the skin, it is best to apply it prior to bedtime at night. The reason is that the oil is thick.
As with investing, it would be good to apply vitamin E to the skin with vitamin C. Together these will create a great sunblock, protecting the skin from free radicals and harmful sun rays. The result is the slowing down of aging and wrinkles in the skin.
If you are putting the oil on your face, use a cotton ball with a few drops of vitamin E on it and wipe over your face. In addition to moisturizing skin, it may improve dry chapped lips, in which it would be better than your everyday chapstick.
You may decide to apply the oil only on the extremely dry skin areas, rather than all over the body. Because vitamin E provides hydration and may increase blood circulation, applying to a targeted area of the body or scalp may improve the skin health for that area of skin.
You can apply your vitamin E moisturizer around the eyes at night to help get rid of dark circles.
Sometimes it is best to use the vitamin E oil by itself. Other times it is good to mix with other products, such as night cream or lotion. The first step to fighting acne is to know your skin type and be aware of your body’s changes. Your skin will thank you.