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How Much Vitamin E is Too Much?

Commented on January 01, 2013
Created December 17, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Short Background:

Between July 2011 and September 2012 I managed to gain about 60-65 pounds. Going into the reasons why I gained the weight is a whole other discussion. However, I began switching my lifestyle to Paleo this past Fall and really dug into it this past November.

Due to the fact that I gained weight so quickly I obviously incurred a great deal of stretch marks on my stomach, hips, and on an area of my thighs. Now that I am slowly losing weight and becoming an overall healthier person through Paleo and fitness, I also want to begin healing/fixing my skins issues. I ultimately hope I can diminish my new stretch marks and repair my skin. The only marks I ever had before were the ones I gained during puberty, and scars during softball, soccer, and track.

Yesterday, I started taking a Vitamin E supplement, and I also purchsed some Vitamin E infused bars of soap for topical use. In addition to that, I started applying Palmer's Cocoa Butter to the affected areas of my skin.

Questions:

  1. How much Vitamin E is too much?;
  2. Would you recommend anything else to heal my skin?

Thank you, I appreciate any input and advice provided.

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on January 01, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Stretch marks last because stretch marks are permanent - though they do fade from the original red, to a sort of purplish color to eventually a silvery or neutral skin color.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

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on January 01, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Stretch marks will fade with time regardless of what you do. They will not, however, disappear. No topical treatment or cream--none-- will be effective short of deep phenol peels and dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion but real dermabrasion that sends blood and tissue flying about the room. seriously). It is not only possible but quite easy and quite unhealthy to get too much d-alpha tocopherol. I'd recommend avoiding E supplements except for a twice weekly, low dose, mixed tocotrienol/mixed tocopherol supplement.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on December 18, 2012
at 03:19 AM

the weight gain was extreme water retention from prednisone. i would up in the hospital and at the time, i was 92 lbs. 2 days into my iv prednisone, i was 130 lbs! i couldn't lift myself, walk, brush my hair, anything really. i had to have everyone do everything because my limbs were so heavy. i carried the weight for a while at home until i was allowed to taper the prednisone. that's probably why the stretch marks have lasted.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on December 18, 2012
at 03:18 AM

primal, i use a skin brush like this one- http://somethingpurty.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/crop-skin-brush.jpg i don't think the gloves would have enough of a "get all that dead skin off effect." you do it when you are dry, before showering, so it's not supposed to feel great. the bristles are kind of hard and you will most likely be red before you shower. it's amazing how good your skin looks after though!

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on December 17, 2012
at 09:09 PM

Thank you for providing your personal experience and suggestions!

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on December 17, 2012
at 09:08 PM

joanna - I do use coconut oil in the shower on my skin and in my hair. It has been a wonderful moisturizer. I have these shower gloves for washing, they have a texture. Would that work for the skin brushing you mentioned? Also, you stated you gained 40 pounds in two days? If you don't mind me asking, how did you gain that much weight so quickly. I didn't even know that was possible. If this question is too personal, please refrain from answering.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on December 17, 2012
at 08:57 PM

primal, i had a problem similar to yours (quick weight gain). i gained 40 lbs in two days and my skin was not prepared for it at all. as soon as i lost the weight, i was left with stretch marks EVERYWHERE. i had never had stretch marks before this, so i was shocked at how hideous they were. you could try rubbing vitamin e oil on your skin or using coconut oil. i used to break open vit e capsules but it took too long and wasn't worth it. i find coconut oil works best. i still have some of the marks if you look closely. my skin had to stretch so fast, so i don't think they will ever go away.

i took many baths as well with various ingredients- oatmeal, mineral salts, LUSH products. they felt good but didn't do much for the marks.

one thing that you might want to look into is skin brushing. i used to be vigilant about doing it every morning but have since stopped doing it as often. it's supposed to improve circulation and decrease cellulite. it makes my skin look really beautiful and smooth.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on December 17, 2012
at 09:09 PM

Thank you for providing your personal experience and suggestions!

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on December 17, 2012
at 09:08 PM

joanna - I do use coconut oil in the shower on my skin and in my hair. It has been a wonderful moisturizer. I have these shower gloves for washing, they have a texture. Would that work for the skin brushing you mentioned? Also, you stated you gained 40 pounds in two days? If you don't mind me asking, how did you gain that much weight so quickly. I didn't even know that was possible. If this question is too personal, please refrain from answering.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on December 18, 2012
at 03:19 AM

the weight gain was extreme water retention from prednisone. i would up in the hospital and at the time, i was 92 lbs. 2 days into my iv prednisone, i was 130 lbs! i couldn't lift myself, walk, brush my hair, anything really. i had to have everyone do everything because my limbs were so heavy. i carried the weight for a while at home until i was allowed to taper the prednisone. that's probably why the stretch marks have lasted.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on December 18, 2012
at 03:18 AM

primal, i use a skin brush like this one- http://somethingpurty.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/crop-skin-brush.jpg i don't think the gloves would have enough of a "get all that dead skin off effect." you do it when you are dry, before showering, so it's not supposed to feel great. the bristles are kind of hard and you will most likely be red before you shower. it's amazing how good your skin looks after though!

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on January 01, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Stretch marks last because stretch marks are permanent - though they do fade from the original red, to a sort of purplish color to eventually a silvery or neutral skin color.

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