Now that my acne is finally starting to clear up (Thank you jeebus!) I am left with a significant amount of red marks. They are difficult to conceal even with make-up and in some ways even more frustrating than pimples because they are unattractive without the benefit of being poppable. Obviously I am interested in clearing them up as soon as possible. Enter: Vitamin E. The cheapest way to do it is just to buy Vitamin E capsules from your drug store. I think they overprice the oil they sell in the bottle and it’s the same thing. Then you just prick the capsule with a pin, squeeze out the oil and put it on your scars.
You’re not supposed to put the vitamin E on any pimples, only the scars. Because of that I have only been able to consistently use the Vitamin E regularly recently. The downsides of the vitamin E are that it is sticky. You’ll want to avoid cuddling with any pets while you have it on. It doesn’t smell that great, but it’s not horrible. I put it on after I have washed my face in the evening, then I rub it in and let it absorb for a half hour or so before putting on the lotion I put on before bed. I just take the rest of the capsule after I have put as much on my face as I need.
So far I think it’s working. It seems to have been especially helpful for the leftover scabs and dry patches that seem to take forever to heal. I’m not a controlled study, but I am going to keep trying it. It certainly hasn’t made my skin any worse and since it’s a fraction of the cost of laser surgery, it’s worth a try.