Vitamin E and wound healing: an evidence-based review

Int Wound J. 2016 Jun;13(3):331-5. doi: 10.1111/iwj.12295. Epub 2014 Aug 14.


Vitamin E has been demonstrated to modulate cellular signalling, gene expression and affect wounds infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), thus influencing wound healing. This evidence-based review aimed to identify and evaluate current research assessing the properties of vitamin E in relation to wound healing, through its role as an antioxidant and its influence on connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), MRSA and gene transcription. Literature dated from 1996 to 2012, published in English, involving either animals or adult humans with an acute or chronic wound were included. The databases that contained relevant articles were narrowed down to four, and a total of 33 identified studies were included. The literature review revealed that there is a significant dearth of robust studies establishing the effects of vitamin E on wound healing, and further research is clearly warranted.

Keywords: Antioxidant; Gene transcription; MRSA; Vitamin E; Wound healing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vitamin E
  • Wound Healing*


  • Vitamin E