Okay, listen up friends. I want to tell you something about Vitamin E that I discovered the last time I had surgery.
Lately, I’ve been noticing a rise in posts about beauty products for smoothing out the skin, and you know, your mileage may vary and all that, but you don’t necessarily need to spend that kind of money to reduce inflammation.
When I had a skin cancer removed a couple of years ago, the nurse said to me, “Buy some of the cheap Vitamin E tablets - the ones in the gel caps. Prick it with a pin, and rub it on the scar. That will help it heal faster.”
Even though it was a nurse telling me this, I was a bit dubious, as I get keloid scarring and nothing much seemed to help with that. Basically, my scars go to eleven, and hurt a lot. Anyway I figured, okay, it’s worth a try at least, what can it hurt?
I bought some cheap house brand Vitamin E from the local supermarket. The tablets looked just like the pic above. I dutifully pricked one with a pin and rubbed it on the scar last thing at night, and then went to bed.
Dudes, it worked. It took about a week of using it every day to really notice the results, but it worked better than anything I’d tried before. Not only that, but when I had to have a chunk cut out of my forehead, I did the same thing, and I discovered something else. I kind of got the oil all over my face by accident a few times, because it’s pretty sticky, and wow, Vitamin E is amazing for smoothing out the skin. It’s better than any moisturising cream I’ve tried.
It’s messy though, so I use it at night before bed. I find that if I hold the capsule in my hand for a minute or two, it softens up with the body heat, and it’s easier to use.
It really is very effective. So if you have scars or rough patches, it might be worth a go.
A couple of warnings so you don’t hurt yourself:
I’m not a health professional, so if you have a medical condition you should probably check with a doctor before you use something like this.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means if you take it orally, you are likely to make yourself sick – your body can’t just flush it out if you take too much, like it can with Vitamin C. So don’t do that unless a doctor prescribes it to you.
Okay, so maybe you guys remember or noticed that I’ve had acne issues. I’ve had problems since age 13. I’ve tried everything from Proactiv to the oil cleansing method, and nothing has worked. Well, I take that back - benzoyl peroxide from Acne.org worked (sort of) for about a year, but that’s it.
Lately, I’ve been doing research and trying to get to the bottom of everything, and the most I can figure is that my liver and kidneys are not cleaning up as well as they could. So now I’m trying to focus on a diet that supports these organs, which basically means, sugar-free, simple carb-free, and heavy on the veggies. I’ve gotten some milk thistle extract, and I’m drinking a lot of lemon water and ginger tea.
I’m also experimenting with topical treatments. For example, if you really want to see some progress clearing up, try Indian Healing Clay, or calcium bentonite. I suggest buying the powder, because the cheap stuff at Walmart in the tubes do not get the job done. I imagine it’s because they mix the product with metal, which alters the clay’s electric charge. Also, don’t be afraid to mix it with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. (btw, if you buy the powder, don’t mix it with a metal spoon - try a plastic or silicon utensil)
I also bought some Jason’s Vitamin E oil today (although it’s not 100% Vit. E, which is fine with me), because I figured, what the hell.
So yeah, I’m trying to tackle this from all sides this time.
I’ll try to update more about the tweaks I’m making.
Things I’ve done recently/today:
Switched from liquid makeup to mineral (Everyday Minerals) - not because of my skin, but because no matter which liquid makeup I bought, it would not match my skin. I don’t think it’ll really make a difference to me, but if you’re interested in mineral makeup, I highly recommend this company. They make their makeup without bismuth oxychloride, which causes cystic acne. They’re also vegan! And color matching with them is pretty easy - they send you free samples, so you can try before you buy.
Indian Clay mask
Vitamin E mask, which I still haven’t gotten around to washing off.
I lied. My new war on stretch marks now includes Vitamin E Oil found in the vitamin aisle at your local Target. A friend shared with me that after two kids she had no stretch marks despite her mother having them! Genetics shmametics!
Vitamin E is a protective vitamin. It is a strong antioxidant, which means it helps to protect our cells from damage. It has been linked to preventing cardiovascular disease, and also contributes to our immune function. It protects the red blood cells & helps to stop the destruction of vitamins A & C. Vitamin E is also involved in DNA repair. Rancid fats, oxygen, alkali, and UV light all destroy vitamin E.
Prostate Cancer Prevention - Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
Oral Cancer Defense - Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy
Breast Cancer Protection - Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.
Eye Health - Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.
Lower Cholesterol - Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.
Heart Health - One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.
Stroke Prevention - The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don’t
Better Nutrient Absorption - Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.
Glutathione Source - Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.
Vitamin E Powerhouse - Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall healthc
It’s so great to have you here! You are like, the classic clean and lean food. Why thank you. I appreciate that.
How many of you in one go would you recommend? About 15, but follow your instincts.
You have some very high-profile friends, too? Ah haha yes. Miranda and I are very close. I hand out with a lot of the VS girls actually. Gwyneth Paltrow too.
Back on track. Nutritional properties? Vitamin E, after consuming me for a while you’ll notice your skin, hair and nails really benefit. I help increase your metabolism, and I’m high in potassium.
We could talk forever, but any final note for our readers? I’ll say this, if you are going to eat a couple squares of dark chocolate, or another treat, have 2 of me at the same time. Studies have shown that eating a couple of me along with a high GI food significantly lowers the glycemic index of the meal, and actually lessens your blood sugar afterwards. So I can be of assistance!
Wow! Amazing! Thanks for your insights. No problem. Namaste.