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(+/-) – Alpha- Tocopherol

This patient information on Alpha Tocopherol 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.

Skin contact with (+/-) Alpha-Tocopherol or product that use (+/-) Alpha Tocopherol may results in an allergic contact dermatitis. Oral intake of (+/-) -Alpha- Tocopherol (Vitamin E) do not cause allergic reactions, however topical applications sensitized individuals and may cause delayed allergic contact dermatitis or immediate allergic urticaria.

This chemical acts as an antioxidant most commonly found in cosmetic and topical agents.

Where is the chemical found?

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

Hints on avoiding this chemical:

Always check products labels and use only ingredient labeled products that do not list this chemical or its synonyms.

If your spouse use these products, which are the list, skin to skin transfer may occur.

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

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