Topical Vitamin E
The typical first line of treatment for a vitamin E deficiency is oral supplements, though topical vitamin E can also be used. There are tubes of hand cream and other topical ointments infused with vitamin E and moisturizing ingredients, and some cosmetics have vitamin E infusions. If individuals use vitamin E on their skin, the substance should penetrate the dermis and epidermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin, while the dermis is the layer underneath. It doesn't take a lot of vitamin E to raise the skin's levels.
By applying a solution with a concentration of just 0.1 percent, patients will see a measurable increase in their skin's vitamin E levels. Studies have shown topical vitamin E causes the dermis to have a marked increase in vitamin E, though the concentration stays lower than in other parts of the body. Some studies show the substances found in the skin are different if individuals use topical vitamin E rather than just dietary supplements.