Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin. It is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E is necessary for healthy functioning of the immune system.
Vitamin E protects against free radicals, which can break down the collagen and elastin in skin. This could help prevent the damage to the skin that causes stretch marks. Vitamin E also aids in cell regeneration. This property could help replace the scar tissue with healthy tissue, thus fading the stretch marks. But there is not enough evidence that Vitamin E helps to prevent or reduce stretch marks.
Many creams and lotions contain vitamin E. Many of these creams are marketed specifically for stretch marks. These creams can be used as directed on the package.
Vitamin E is also available in the form of capsules. These vitamin E capsules can be broken open and the liquid inside these capsules may then be applied to the skin directly or by mixing it with some cream. You can apply this 2-3 times daily.
Side effects with topical use of Vitamin E are very rare. Side effects could include itching or burning of skin or appearance of a rash. Consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.