I read a lot of clinical research articles after my rheumatologist introduced me to Sildenafil because the article that explained the usefulness of Sildenafil also talked about other therapies I had not tried. One of those therapies was Vitamin E oil.
Vitamin E oil has been shown to have antioxidant effects and some limited research indicates minor benefit for improved healing of arterial ulcers on the fingers (which can occur from severe Raynauds). I also knew from my background as a nurse that we apply combo creams with vitamin E and zinc (both antioxidants) to severe pressure ulcers (bedsores), as well as severe diaper rash. So I knew that the oil would be good for my skin.
When I applied the Vitamin E oil, I found that it feels very soothing, and I observed a reduction in the number of torn cuticles or skin tears on my hands after using it regularly (1-2 times a day). My skin seemed healthier and softer. The wounds on my fingertips were previously dry and painful, and applying Vitamin E oil helped heal the open areas.
The redness I usually saw on my cuticles where they would get inflamed also decreased. I don’t know of a way to scientifically measure the result, but my husband noticed the difference, and he reminds me to use my E oil if my hands start getting dry.
I carry a small bottle of Vitamin E oil in my purse now. It is especially useful in the winter when the air is dry, and I wash my hands frequently. I also put another bottle by my bedside, so I can apply it to my hands before sleeping.
One drawback is that the oil does not absorb quickly. I have heard that it absorbs better in combination with other oils, and I would be interested in exploring how that works. It seems even the simplest tasks can be challenging when your hands are covered in oil, for example it can be difficult to open doors, drive, apply makeup, keep unruly toddlers from running into traffic, etc.
However, as long as I’m conscientious about what I’ll be doing over the next ten minutes, I honestly don’t mind the slow absorption rate because it gives me an excuse to massage my hands for a few minutes. It feels wonderful to oil up my hands and massage them, and I know massage improves blood flow as well.
In conclusion, I have used vitamin E containing products before, but I would recommend the oil itself if you are like me and struggle with poor circulation and dry, chapped fingers. It is affordable and widely available, and it is one way that you can apply antioxidants directly to the tissue that needs it most.