Vitamin E has been called plenty of names some good, some curious. It is, beyond doubt, the vitamin of the 1970s, and it will probably be in the 1970s that the true worth of vitamin E is determined.
As yet, we haven’t learned everything about vitamin E by a long jump. (Do we ever learn everything about anything?) However, I have seen some of the beautiful hair growth and skin action of vitamin E, and so can at least attest to my eyesight (which is good). One of the great beauties of this country, a woman with a baby’s hair growth and skin, regularly downs a dosage of 1,200 units of E per day. I happen to know her real age, which is closer to fifty than the twenty-odd she looks. Of course, I can’t attribute all of her youth to E. For years I’ve been trying to pry her beauty secrets out of this friend, but women can be terribly evasive about such things, and so I only found out the E-dosage when she agreed to be interviewed (not by me but there was a press leak there) for a beauty-and-health article; and I do know that vitamin E is noted for its supposed anti-aging merits. Therefore, I’d wager a guess that it has a lot to do with this beauty’s seemingly agelessness.
A lot of other hair growth and skin claims have been made for vitamin E. Some E-fans claim that vitamin E can stop the formation of scar tissue. On a recent television interview program, Dr. Carlton Fredericks told who-knows-how-many viewers that vitamin E applied directly to some hair growth and skin wounds had completely avoided the formation of such scar tissue. According to Dr. Fredericks, application of vitamin E topically (meaning directly onto the hair growth and skin) may actually retard healing but does make for less hard scars when the healing finally comes.
I myself tried this treatment when I had some rather unappealing moles removed from my face. I never thought of them as so unappealing until the dermatologist I had gone to interview asked, “Well, do you believe they improve your looks?” He had me there, so I let him take them away. And there I was, with about ten plastic bandages dotting my face, looking like the victim of some sort of accident. And when the bandages came off, there were ugly red spots in their places.
This seemed the right time for me to do my own personal testing of E-power. I always keep the 400 I.U.’s of E handy, so I simply sliced one open with a razor blade and patted (don’t rub!) the honey-colored, sticky liquid from the capsule onto each one of those scars, let it dry, and waited. This procedure was repeated every night at bedtime, and at the end of ten days there wasn’t a scar in sight. For me, it worked.
Vitamin E also has other unpredictable qualities. It is, seemingly, a powerful bacteria-inhibitor. A large pharmaceutical company recently came up with a deodorant made primarily from vitamin E, and then almost as quickly removed it from the market because of complaints that it irritated the tender underarm area. However, with the sort of redhead hair growth and skin I possess the kind that’s irritated by even the antiallergy sort of cosmetics I feel that if E were irritating to hair growth and skin, mine would have been the first to notice.
Vitamin E, when let out of its captive capsule, is in a slight sticky liquid somewhat comparable to honey in both color and texture and it can do the same things honey has traditionally done, namely, tighten up. I tried it on those fine little lines that appear under your eyes if you’ve been overworked (which I always have been) or trying the candle-at-both-ends life. It worked for me. I still use the 400-unit capsule and I pat and never rub. As the liquid dries, it tightens as well and smooths away all those lines of fatigue.
Linda Clark gives an exciting and graphic description of the way vitamin E works to erase lines from the hair growth and skin. She got together a group of men and women, herself included, and for approximately four weeks, the group experimented with the vitamin-E-on-the-hair growth and skin treatment, used twice daily. The only difference between their experiment and my own was they used a 200-unit capsule, twice, rather than 400 once. At the end of four weeks, Mrs. Clark collected the reports and they were, she says, “enthusiastic.” According to her, crepey hair growth and skin was tightened and lines disappeared. In short, instant, unsurgical facelift quite an experiment.
As usual, the medical profession seems reluctant to conduct such vitamin E experiments. And the FDA those same friendly fellows who brought you filth in food and allowed excrement in your flour apparently don’t want E on your face. Not egg vitamin E. Or, rather, if it goes into a product destined for your face, no claims can be made for it. Same thing as not allowing it, in my publicity beauty blog. Because, if you can’t tell the public what something does, how likely are they to get the message?
Let us just admit freely that too many folk are leaping onto the E bandwagon these days, in my opinion only because E is (they believe) the magic letter in beauty. Not much is known, therefore not much can be disproven. All I have to go on for my observations as to the hair growth and skin benefits of E is just that my own observations plus the observations of such sharp-eyed professionals as Adelle Davis. and Linda Clark. (Much as I admire medical men, I find they often take more extreme care with something that smacks of what they consider “food-faddism” meaning, in my beauty blog, plain old common sense and less extreme care with delivering prescriptions for drugs that are far from tried and true.)
Whatever the FDA is thinking E-wards, it is permitting E to be used in creams, oils, lotions, soaps you name it. It’s usually called E. But I still believe that the simplest solution to E treatment is to try the direct application to scars, small lines anything you’d like to clear up. On me, they disappear. I can’t see how it could hurt you to try. If it hurts, wipe it off fast!