What Is Vitamin E Oil Used For?

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Vitamin E oil is an antioxidant that is used on the skin to treat wrinkles, scars, dry skin, wounds and cracked, dry cuticles, reports the Linus Pauling Institute. It's a common ingredient in anti-aging creams, lotions and makeup.

Vitamin E oil, which is sold over-the-counter, can be applied directly to the skin. Once applied to the skin, it destroys damaging free radicals, replenishes moisture and combats damage caused by the sun. Vitamin E oil may also reduce swelling, thickening of the skin and inflammation associated with eczema and other skin disorders, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. There is also evidence that it can improve circulation to the scalp, improving hair growth, notes The Huffington Post.