Alpha- Tocopherol Acetate (stabilized Vitamin E)

This patient information on Alpha Tocopherol Acetate is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.

The results from your patch testing showed a positive reaction (contact allergy) to Alpha-Tocopherol Acetate. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with each exposure of Alpha-Tocopherol Acetate to your skin. It is unknown why certain individuals develop allergic sensitivities. In some it may take repeat exposures over long periods of time before an allergy develops. Once you have become sensitized (allergic) your immune system always “remembers” and you will be Alpha-Tocopherol sensitive. If you currently have eczema this chemical may be the cause but other factors may play a role as well. The information below will help you avoid this allergen.

Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that is most commonly found in cosmetic and topical skin care produces. This is a naturally occurring modified form of vitamin E that has a longer shelf life than regular vitamin E.

Where is chemical found?

Anti-aging cream
Cosmetic Products
Eye cream
Face cream
Topical oils
Topical ointments

Hints on avoiding this chemical:

Choose products listed only on your personalized contact allergen database, which has been provided to you. Products listed on your contact allergen resource database will be free of Alpha Tocopherol Acetate and safe to use.
Please be aware that if your spouse or significant other uses topical skincare products that contain this chemical skin to skin transfer may occur to you.
It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.

Other names you may see this chemical listed as:

Alpha- tocopherol
d-alpha -tocopheryl acetate
d-alpha -tocopheryl succinate
dl-alpha- tocopherol
gamma- tocopherol
Vitamin E

Possible occupational exposure:

Nurses and Nursing aids 
Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
Machine operators
Shipping and Receiving clerks

© John “Lucky” Meisenheimer, M.D.  2019