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Ingredient Watch List: Tocopheryl Acetate, the Potentially Irritating Form of Vitamin E

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

If you have read up on your vitamin E, you may recognize the word “tocopheryl” in this ingredient. Wouldn’t that be something good for you?

Take anything and mix it with something else, and you can come up with something potentially harmful. That can be the case with tocopheryl acetate. The tocopheryl part is vitamin E, but the acetate comes about when the vitamin E is mixed with acetic acid.

The resulting ingredient can actually irritate your skin more than help repair or heal it.

It contains vitamin E, but it’s been messed with in the lab.

What is Tocopheryl Acetate?

This ingredient is basically a form of vitamin E created in the laboratory. Manufacturers take natural vitamin E and add acetic acid to it.

Acetic acid is the main component of vinegar. The word “acid” means just what you’d thinkā€”it’s corrosive, and attacks the skin. A simple carboxylic acid, it’s used in the production of chemicals for photographic film, wood glue, and synthetic fibers and fabrics. Why would manufacturers mix perfectly good vitamin E with this irritating ingredient.

Two words: cheaper, and longer lasting. Adding the acid to vitamin E makes it last longer on the shelves. That makes it easier for manufacturers to process, ship, store, and sell their products.

What are the Concerns?

The concerns with this ingredient are first, that it can be potentially irritating to skin, causing redness, rashes, and potential allergic reactions. According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) of the ingredient, tocopheryl acetate helped protect against oxidative damage, but produced skin sensitizing or skin irritating effects in one animal study. A 1991 study detailed four cases of contact dermatitis caused by cosmetic creams that contained tocopheryl acetate.

The CIR, though it concluded that tocopheryl was safe for cosmetics, also noted that studies with the ingredient demonstrated some “enhancement of photocarcinogenesis,” which means it may actually encourage the carcinogenic effects of UV rays.

High doses of this ingredient have also been found in animal studies to cause tumor formation. Though that’s not likely to be a concern if you’re using only a little of the ingredient, as in most personal care products, the concern is the potential buildup over time. We simply don’t have the necessary safety studies on this ingredient when used for several times a day over many years.

Another issue comes from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which notes concerns regarding contamination with hydroquinone, a whitening compound. During the manufacturing process, tocopheryl acetate may be contaminated with hydroquinone, which can also cause dermatitis, increase sensitivity to UV rays, and may have potentially carcinogenic properties.

Why Take the Risk?

Of all the potentially harmful ingredients, this is probably one of the milder ones. It is vitamin E, which can have some benefits. The thing is, why not just stick with vitamin E? Why take the risks with tocopheryl acetate when you don’t have to?

All Annmarie Gianni products that have vitamin E have the pure kind. No acids added! I say, get the full benefit of the real stuff that hasn’t been tampered with in the laboratory. Your skin will thank you!

Have you had a reaction to tocopheryl acetate? Please share.

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Photo courtesy Administrador Galeria Uninter via Flickr.com.

Cosmetic Ingredient Review, “Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Dioleyl Tocopheryl Methylsilanol, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, and Tocophersolan,” International Journal of Toxicology, November 2002, Vol. 21, No. 3, suppl 51-116, http://ijt.sagepub.com/content/21/3_suppl/51.abstract.

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64 Responses to “Ingredient Watch List: Tocopheryl Acetate, the Potentially Irritating Form of Vitamin E”

  • Dawn says:

    Hi, everytime I see someone with a severe acne break out I want to grab them and whisper to them, it’s acetate! Tocophery Acetate is in so many things and it can cause horrible damage to the skin and to the person’s self image. It should be banned. Thank God someone told me about it or I would still be going around with horrible acne.

    • Sam says:

      I have just discovered this site and I am so grateful for the help! Tocopherol acetate is in a popular brand of moist toilet tissue here in the UK. What is really interesting, is that the “kids” version has all the same ingredients EXCEPT for this one! I was suffering horrendously and today with the help of this site, I have finally found the culprit. Thank you!

  • Dawn says:

    Also would like to add that my 11 year old daughter kept having red hot rashes on her skin and I finally convinced her to not use anything with acetate and her skin cleared up like magic. Then she went to camp and they gave her sun screen with acetate and the bright red hot rash returned. She told them it was the sunscreen and they said, “No, it couldn’t be that.” The public needs to be informed about the potential in some folks for severe skin reactions to this man made vitamin e.

  • Emily says:

    A few years ago, I had a really bad breakout along my forehead – and 3 allergy specialist visits later discovered through my patch test that I was sensitive to tocopheryl acetate. Threw out everything in my bathroom that had this ingredient, and the red bumps cleared up within a few days.

    Since then, I’ve been reading product labels like crazy and find that my hair and skin care product choices are limited since this stuff is in practically everything. Even in hand sanitizer and some soaps! I’ve tried a few products that contain natural vitamin E (tocopheryl, but NO acetate), and noticed that it doesn’t seem to bother me like the acetate variant.

    • Miss V says:

      This is exactly what I’m dealing with right now! About a month ago I had the same problem for several weeks. I need to check all of my bathroom items because my eyes are red, puffy, and have the whitheads. It is very uncomfortable to say the least. I’m glad I figured out what it was tho

  • Ron Eiges says:

    I had a facial and the next day I started swelling around the eyes. On the second day my eyes were swollen shut and I had red skin with whiteheads all over it. I had to go to the doctor and am now on Prednisone. I asked the Spa for what they used and I believe it was the tocopheryl acetate in the Epicuren Citrius Herbal Cleanser. Just a hunch because I have had several facial with no issues.

  • Dave S. says:

    One caution about using Vitamin E for men. Men who already have prostate cancer should avoid Vitamin E like the plague. It has the potential to make existing prostate cancer even more aggressive. Big study released in 2012 validates this problem. Men without prostate cancer can feel comfortable in using Vitamin E.

  • Bridgett Arrendondo says:

    I just recently started using Victorias Secret Self Tan. I immediately started getting a really bad rash on my thighs. My face started developing acne. I started researching and found out it was the Tocopheryl Acetate. I stopped using it and it all cleared up. It was very painful rash on my thighs. Will check all ingredients from now on

  • Kris says:

    Please, not all acid is “acid” (your mind soon imagine strong acid form which could destroy skin and metals)

    Acetate in particular are “weak” acid, your sweats also a weak acid, your vaginal fluid also a weak acid etc.

    Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) also well, acid.
    Salicylic acid / BHA also an acid.

    Pure form vitamin E if applied topically on your skin would degrade faster, very fast.. The same with pure form vitamin C.. Hence they invented ascorbyl glucoside, ascorbyl phosphate etc. to solve that issue.

    “Potentially” harmful ingredients didn’t mean its 100% harmful.

    If your skin ph barrier has damaged (in case of sensitive skin, allergy, disease etc.) You shouldn’t apply some form of “acidy” stuff on it.

    (Not a great english writing, but I hope u understand my point.

  • Janice Mitchell says:

    Tocopheryl acetate is the culprit for those little tiny bumps on women’s and girl’s faces and eye area. I have eliminated it altogether and find no more little tiny bumps all over me. It also burns my eye area. Finding the products without it is quite a hunt.. but I am finding them. Still looking though..

  • stacy says:

    I have had incredible itching of my underarms since starting to use Secret Outlast deodorant. I have NEVER had any reaction to any type of Secret deodorant in the past, and once I realized that the itching was only my underarms, I realized that this is the only change I’ve made recently. So I bought a regular Secret deodorant today and compared the ingredient list. So glad I found this article, to know that I’m not crazy…the remaining Secret Outlast I have is now headed to the trash can…

    • admin says:

      Whoo hoo for you, one of our favorite sayings in the office is “Knowledge is Power”…you have found your power! Thank you for sharing and make it a wonder-filled day :)

  • chris holt says:

    I have been using a pain patch called salonpas and they worked well until I had to buy some from the internet and then within days had a bad case of contact dermatitis. with a bit of investigation I found them to contain Tocopherol acetate. Three other people have since told me they have the same problem. Will certainly be checking ingredients more closely from now on.

    • admin says:

      Yay, knowledge is power, no bigger power than checking labels and knowing what to look for. Good detective work on your part. Thank you so much for sharing, make it a wonder-filled day :)

  • Charlotte says:

    They are now putting this is cereal and “health bars” I have eaten cereal and wondered why my stomach felt strange——now that I am looking for it, I have found it in “health bars” too……………….YUK!!!! Leave God’s vitamins alone!!!

    • admin says:

      YIKES you just never know where these nasties will show up, reading the label is a great start and a necessity. Thank you so much for sharing, have a wonderful day.

  • C Femminella says:

    Where can I obtain a list of prodycts containing tocopheryl acetate? I have a contact allergy dermatitis reaction to it.

  • Danielle says:

    I’ve had bad, easily irritated skin for years. Some dermatologists have diagnosed me with rosacea, and some have said “you just have sensitive skin.” I think it may be rosacea but I don’t have all of the symptoms; when irritated, my skin looks very different to that of people with rosacea.
    I’ve tried so many products, believed in so many claims.
    Today I sat down with all of the products I have in my bathroom and separated them into those that caused flare ups and those that haven’t. If they didn’t have their ingredient lists, I looked them up online. I used Word’s search feature to see which ingredients were consistent in the “bad” products that did not exist in the “good” products. The only ingredient that was present in all of the “bad” products and none of the “good” products was Tocopheryl Acetate. I feel empowered and hopeful. I’m going to remove all products with this ingredient from my house and see how my skin responds. Wish me luck!

    • admin says:

      Ahhh Danielle your words are sweet music to our ears (not the part about the bad chemicals being present!). We truly believe knowledge is power, people cannot change if they don’t have the information available. SO there is nothing more rewarding that hearing the words “I feel empowered and hopeful”. And know that we are cheering you on every step of the way with pom poms and bells :).

  • Cindi says:

    I have been using a vitamin e cream acetate in it and I have never had a problem could it be maybe that some people have a sensitivity to it?

    • Ghosty says:

      Yup. That’s exactly right. Contact dermititis is caused by allergies. If tocopheryl acetate is giving you irritated skin, that means you’re allergic to it, and might want to stop using it, or use less and/or treat your allergy symptoms. However, of course this means that not everyone will have this allergy, which of course means that tocopheryl acetate is not “bad” across the board, and for plenty of people will be utterly harmless.

      Here I’ll begin to address the general population on the site…

      In fact: (sourced from wikipedia, feel free to check their sources on the Tocopheryl Acetate page) “Tocopheryl acetate is used as an alternative to tocopherol itself because the phenolic hydroxyl group is blocked, providing a less acidic product with a longer shelf life.”

      A less acidic product than pure Vit E.

      If there’s anything I’ve learned by looking up compound names, its that they are not intuitive if you’re not familiar with the grammar. Just because something is mixed with acid doesn’t make the compound more or less acidic in the end result. Things are going on on a very small scale here, and the nature of the results are fairly unpredictable to the layman.

      I trust the sources who aren’t selling me a product. (Like say this site.) I object to the idea that a vitamin is goodly but as soon as you mix it with something else, it is suddenly cutting dangerous corners to make a quick buck. (Even though people actually lose money by selling a harmful product!) Like maybe tomato juice is good, and carrot juice is good, but combined they are surely disasterous.

      But of course, if you’re getting an allergic reaction, by all means find another route to go down! Nobody should have to suffer through that. I’ve got crummy dog allergies, so I feel your pain. But remember that TEA isn’t evil or anything, just like long grass or the neighbor’s puppy aren’t evil, even when they’re giving you hives.

      Best wishes; stay well; G

      • Tabitha says:

        As I understand it, some vitamin E is derived from corn which an alarming number of people are allergic to or have a hefty intolerance to. I am one of those and am having a tough time finding anything without some form of vitamin E in it for my face. My face seems to react to corn derivatives worse than any other part of my body. I’m not understanding if there is a differentiation (corn wise) between tocopherols and tocopheryl acetate.

      • Tiffany says:

        I believe it is more to do with the vitamin then the actual acetate… Vitamin E is derived from animal or vegetable oils (and other things)… One person mentioned corn oil. Acetate is the main ingredient in vinegar at a likely much stronger dosage then what is mixed to make this. Many times people recommend putting a very small amount of vinegar in your bath water if you have skin issues. The oil of the vitamin E is probably causing acne, allergic reactions, etc. However, like this person States don’t automatically label this product bad for everyone… Unless you are allergic to vinegar (which I’ve used directly on mosquito bites to maintain the itch… Because of its low acidity changes the pH of the bite area, neutralizing it)… Look closely at any alternative vitamin e’s you use. Pure acetate is not good but mostly… By the time it reaches you it’s percentage in the product is very low. (I’ve worked with lab strength acetate in organic chemistry when I was an undergrad :)… It’s strong by itself but diluted works for a multitude of household things… P. S. Besides my biology undergrad work and just common knowledge of vinegar, I have no actual scientific basis, this is only a thought and to perhaps remind you that alternative forms of Vitamin E may contain the actual allergens you are trying to avoid.

  • Sara says:

    Wow! I started dealing with severe eyelid swelling since last winter, after I bought Vit E for dry skin around my eyes. I never imagined it was the culprit and even bought a higher strength bottle of the stuff (Tocopheryl Acetate) to treat the swelling! It got so bad that my eyes were burning, little white patches were showing and a doctor said, “It’s an allergy. Here’s some cortisone.” Well, no way am I going to treat one poison with another one so I went home. Didn’t use anything except an herbal ointment that stopped the burning and it went away. Used it again last week for one day and again today. Finally, it clicked. It wasn’t something I ate, or something in the environment, it was the “treatment!” Good grief! This is serious! I thought it was just the pharmaceuticals that were killing us!

  • Sara says:

    I noticed when I read my previous comment that one sentence is confusing. “Used it again…” should read “Used Vit E oil (tocopheryl and acetate plus safflower oil) again …” It is now a few hours later and my eyelids are really red, swollen and itchy and my face looks scary. I have gone through my skin care products, including hand creams, face creams, hand sanitizers, sunscreen and, yes, health bars! and have thrown out a lot (including health bars). I can’t believe tocopheryl acetate is allowed on the market. I would add that I have fair skin and am allergic to quite a few things but I hadn’t imagined this. Thank you so much for running this column.

  • Sally says:

    I used a Clarins face mask in August and it resulted in redness, burning, puffiness and discomfort which lasted nearly 3 weeks! Under my eyes was the worst – puffy and red, I looked awful. I have used other Clarins products with no ill effect. Naturally, I didn’t use the mask again. Then two days ago, I used Purederm Eye Puffiness Minimising patches and woke up yesterday with horrendous red, puffy, itching, sore and burning eyes. Couldn’t sleep last night. I am not normally allergic to anything nor have particularly sensitive skin. So this morning, I sat down and went through every ingredient in both products and there were two common ones, Titanium Dioxide and Tocopheryl Acetate. After reading all these reviews, my money’s on the TA. Does anyone know if you can be tested for it as an allergen by a GP to confirm it’s the problem?

  • santigold says:

    is it possible for you to sell the pure tocopherol on here? that would be great for many, am sure. I cant find the pure stuff anywhere !

  • lisa says:

    Beware of Home Health Almond Glow oil..they have peanut oil and tocopherol acetate which they call vitamin E which caused us to break out in hives everywhere! because it may be made from soybean oil!!!! We are allergic to soybean and soybean oil!! Are they trying to save money now on their products using soybean oils?? If so, bad move Home Health!! Thought this product was going to be ok what a sham “natural Health begins at home” that’s their by line on the label..

  • Charles Femminella says:

    i need a list of products that contain tocopheryl acetate. I have ACD an must avoid this chemical.


  • Karen says:

    Thank you all for sharing your stories. Your experiences have given me some insight that this tocopherol acetate could be a cause of my problem. I developed chemical allergies last year, and was off all commercial lipsticks. On occasion, I substituted Zuzu LUXE Lipliner (made in Germany) that I bought at the health food store. I noticed when wearing it I had a very slight ‘weird feeling’ on my lips…imagination? dryness? After putting it on for my ‘big’ New Year’s Eve celebration, as the clock struck midnight, I noted two large cracks in my lips. By morning, my lips were swollen and red, with a systemic allergic reaction blister appearing on my hand! I am off this product and checking my lotions as one person suggested. Thank you!

  • Charles Femminella says:

    Still looking for a list of products that contain tocopheryl (tocophyerol) acetate.

  • Teresa Wolfenbarger says:

    My whole life I have been plagued with acne and rashes, I am nearly 60 years old now. I finally just started making my own lotions and creams. It is incredibly simple to do and you control the quality of the product. Mine are all organic oils and butters. And my friend makes soap for me so I no longer break out or have rashes from the irresponsibility of big chemical companies and big pharma

    • Andrew May says:


      I’m really interested in how you’re able to make your own creams and butter. My family suffers from various skin issues ranging from seborrheic dermatitis to rosacea. We’ve been through the ringer with dermatologists’, traditional medicine and now we’re on the path less traveled – healthy organic eating, supplements and healthy living.

      Could you recommend some resources that helped you get started on your path? books, authors, topics etc.


  • eddy harding says:

    have just taken delivery of Cetaphil Moisturising lotion which was recommended to me by my dermatologist as I have rosacea and can’t find a suitable moisturiser. I also told him I was allergic to TA so as soon as I got the moisturiser I put it on and within minutes my face went bright red.- I turned over to look at the ingredients on the container and low and behold – TA was there!
    I’m now awaiting my doctor to call me back…
    Please read the ingredients – no matter how much you trust your doctor’s knowledge!

  • Marilyn R. says:

    Recently I had a dermatitis reaction to Life Brand Vitamin E oil. It was bad enough that I had to go on prednizone to counteract the inflammation. This is new for me, I have never had allergy to products like this before and hopefully my message will help someone.
    The reaction started on the eyelids, spreading to my face and onto my upper chest. It was very itchy and at first it was not diagnosed correctly, antihistimines/antibiotics did not address the problem. A visit to Emerge where the hospital has an eye clinic, quickly recgonized the infected area as an allergy.
    My google research tells me that some brands add tocopherol acetate so the product lasts on store shelves, it seems the acetate is the problem. Therefore shop with care and read all labels.

  • Red says:

    Thank you all for sharing your stories! I just got back from seeing my physician as I developed a red burning itchy rash while vacationing at a wonderful resort! Was poolside all day and left sun screen at home ! This resort had a “Natural” Aloe sunscreen product available to buy so I did! I have used sunscreens in the past and thought nothing of this causing a reaction! I applied several times as we were out all day and gradually started getting the red itchy rash on legs, palms of my hand and lips ! I also applied on my lips as I wanted protection!! I noticed this was the same rash I developed while using a fake suntan lotion and spray! My doctor had to prescribe Prednisone for me twice before this would clear up! So today I pulled out old bottle of self tan lotion and other lotions that made me itchy along with the product I bought this past weekend! Guess what? TOCOPHERYL_ACETATE was present in all of them!
    In the garbage they go !!!!

  • Kay says:

    I purchased the Vitamin E 400i.u. dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate a week ago. I’ve been taking it every day. Now I have a medium-heavy rash on my arms from shoulder to wrists. I also have white heads on my upper arms. The rash is dry, but very itchy.

  • Arlene says:

    Tocopheryl Acetate is a prime ingrediant in a particular brand of baby cleansing wipes used several times a day over a period of time. Need I say more?

  • Diane Snyder says:

    I ordered 100% Pure makeup made by Purity Cosmetics. They list all natural ingredients and vitamins. Some listed tocopheral-a. I have contact dermatitis to carbo mix/carbomic acid. My eyes were itching, burning, watering, throbbing for 24 hours. The reaction to the makeup was within the hour. I also used their lip gloss and it felt as if my lips had been peeled. I looked online for the MSDS/materials safety data sheet and they aren’t even listed. I wrote to Purity Cosmetics asking for the MSDS/label, ingredients and received no response. They’re advertising 100% natural makeup.

  • Martha says:

    I read online that coconut oil and vitamin E make a good eye cream. Had irritation but couldn’t pinpoint the problem until I used the vitamin E oil by itself. My eyes swelled up, turned red, cracked and itched a little bit. It was Nature’s Gate and had tocopheryl acetate in it. Took Benadryl. Some of the redness is gone but they are still swollen a day later. Also washed and rinsed them off with cool water and put an ice pack on my eyes. It didn’t happen immediately. I had put the vitamin E oil on and it flared up about 2 or 3 hours later while I was out shopping. Taking it back to Whole Foods. Horrible stuff.

  • I have always had an allergy to Vitamin E. I was never able to use make -up with vitamin E in it. I recently decided to take Omega 3 and within a couple of days my hands and feet swelled up and I felt stiff in all my joints. I really thought I was in trouble with some kind of disease. I began to research and found out that Omega 3 has vitamin E in it and it is used as a preservative. I quite taking it and feel much better.

    Oh by the way Vitamin E is known as tocophyeryl on labels. I did not know that either.

  • megan gutierrez says:

    I was using a 100% tocopheryl acetate on my face for wrinkles – recommended by a friend. At first it was fine but then I started to swell up and break out in a rash. I did not know which product it was that was causing the reaction so I had to stop using all my facial creams and then reintroduce them one at a time. When I used the tocopheryl acetate, sure as anything I woke up with a a puffy, red, itchy face. Glad I figured it out, now I need to read alllll the labels from now on!

  • Terri says:

    I have found many hair products, makeup, and even Chap Stick contain this product. On the good side, the less expensive products don’t seem to add the ingredient. Many products don’t list Vitamin e or Tocopheryl Acetate until I go to the internet for a full list.

  • Zoe Z says:

    For the past 4-5 years I have been avoiding balmy lip products, chapsticks, and lipsticks because my lips start to swell up after using them. Not only do they swell but they start oozing pus so I decided to stay away from all of it since I couldn’t figure out why this was happening. And all I’ve been using on my lips are vaseline.

    And than 2 years ago I decided to take vitamin E supplements, and my face started breaking out in eczema, I still couldn’t figure out why because at the time I was also taking biotin and trying a new moisturizer. This was sadly around the time of my graduation.. My whole face was just red and itchy, and to help it I cracked open the Vitamin E gel tabs and applied it to my face T_T and after nothing work I resorted to slathering Vaseline on my face and taking Benadryl, it cleared up after about a week.

    TODAY, I just figured out it’s the vitamin E I’m allergic to. I bought some vitamin E oil to use as a moisturizer before I sleep and I woke up with eczema yet again. So I decided to look through the lip products and other moisturizers that I’m allergic to VS the ones I’m using now, and the ingredient in common is tocopherol.

    It’s been 3 days since my face broke out and it’s starting to clear up now, sucks that I had to find out the hard way but I’m glad I know now so I can avoid it.

  • Jennifer says:

    I recently found out I am allergic to tocopherol after having two bouts of breakouts of hives all over my body. After finally finding out what it was, I started looking through all of my lotions and creams. I was dissapointed to find that almost everything Bath and Body Works makes has it-I have hundreds of dollars worth of their products. But the big surprises were finding that it’s in Eucerin and other dry skin/advanced healing formula lotions, and make up!!! Pretty much every brand of liquid and powder face makeup/foundation has tocopherol. Only the all natural brands or the mineral/organic versions of some brands do not. And guess what? They’re SO expensive!! But it’s worth the money because the hives got so bad I had to stay home from work once for a week because they started to itch and hurt and burn to the point that I couldn’t even wear clothes. Be careful of every product you use! I’m 33 years old and I have been using these products for years and not until 4 months ago did I ever have issues. Crazy!

  • Sherry says:

    I had a bicycle accident and got Vitamin E to put on my skin after the scabs fell away to keep it from scarring. I then got a bad sunburn on my face one day because I normally put a strong sunscreen on it and one afternoon I was at the beach a few hours wit little sunscreen and it got pretty fried. I thought why not use Vitamin E on my face & neck. I have been cutting open the capsules and putting on my skin. After a few days I began to get skin lesions! I kept using it and now have several on my face and neck!! I never had anything like it before, searched if E could be the culprit and found this site – sure enough the Vitamin E I have says: dl-alpha Vitamin E 400 IU, ingredients say dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate. There’s that ACETATE that you described. I cannot believe what it has done to my skin, a dozen skin sores! I will not be using it anymore on my face! I’m not sure what it does to ones’ stomach!

  • Do says:

    Used Jason’s vitamin E on face and eyes for months.After sunning and swimming on holiday recently my eyes bulged, skin flaked off and they were red and sore.
    Took weeks to go away. Can’t use it now. Would not recommend anyone to use it.

  • Juli says:

    It’s taken me many years to narrow down which ingredient(s) in hair care products keep causing an occasional itchy rash on my scalp. I think this is the culprit and very relieved to finally know what to look for, Since manufacturers keep coming up with ‘new & improved’ and discontinuing previous lines of product, and stores are occasionally out of stock, it is not so simple as sticking with only the product(s) I know are safe for me.

  • Steve says:

    Some V8 V-Fusion beverages have Alpha-tocopheryl acetate as the last ingredient, before which is a long list of very plain and trustworthy natural ingredients. I am curious if anyone knows of the side effects from ingestion rather than skin application (topical). I have been getting a rash on my left lower leg, but my understanding is that I was allergic to the perfumes and dyes in my Tide laundry detergent. The rash occurs worst on all those parts of the leg that readily come into contact (and abrade against) clothing. However, when I did research on this additive, I came to realize that it might also be an aggravant of the rash. I would be happy to hear other people’s input on this (particularly if you have a degree in dermatology).

  • MissMetal says:

    i bought some vit e oil a while back to add to homemade lipstick, as i can’t wear store bought varieties and thought i would try making it myself so i know exactly what is in it. Used the vit e on my lips before bed alone just to test and had a reaction. was swollen and burning before the night was even over. had to get up and wash it off and cold compress till the burnig went away. The burning sensation actually woke me up.

    Re read the label and the vit e was cut with safflower oil, so i assumed that was the culprit because i have used vit e before with no ill effects.

    bought vit me Tocopheryl Acetate variety unknowing it was any different than pure vit e.

    same exact reaction. still swollen and a bit burny/itchy today.

    back to the store and my friend with no allergies who makes her own salves and such has two new things to use in them. Gahh!! Allergies are FRUSTRATING!!!

  • MissMetal says:

    Added Note: i’ve used the oil out of Kirkland brand Vitamin E capsules ( labelled -D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate- no problems there using the vitamins internally OR on my ilps… did some searching on the subject and came by this

    “Natural vs. Synthetic

    Natural vitamin E has only one isomer, which is a compound that has the same chemical makeup of vitamin E, but different structure. Synthetic vitamin E is esterified to form eight isomers, only one of which has the identical chemical makeup of natural vitamin E. The remaining seven isomers have limited bioactivity in your body and have about half the function of natural vitamin E. In supplements and fortified foods, natural vitamin E has a “d” or “RRR” before the compound name, such as “d-alpha tocopherol” or “d-alpha tocopheryl acetate”. Synthetic forms of the nutrient have “dl” or “all-rac” in front of the name, like “dl-alpha-tocopherol”.”

  • Elizzdabosslady says:

    I started taking Vitamin E supplement ( alpha Tocopherol Acetate) a few months ago and I had a severe acne break, so I decided to go on the net to find out about it. Thanks so much for the info. Now I know it’s the Vit E supplements that’s causing it.

  • jenny says:

    I put vitamin e under my eyes and on eyelids before I went to bed thinking it would help with wrinkles. I woke up with itchy, swollen red eyes!!!

  • Emma says:

    I hope someone here can shed some light on my personal experience with tocopherol acetate. I have had very sensitive skin all my life and there are very few products I can use that are gentle enough not to cause a reaction. I have a vitamin e oil whose first ingredient is tocopherol acetate and it works wonders on my skin. I put it on at night before bed and wake up to smooth, moisturized, healthy skin without a hint of redness. I read all the negative reviews about tocopherol acetate, so I found a vitamin e oil that’s pure tocopherol, Soil Association certified– no extra chemicals or sprays. My skin turned red and blotchy and I broke out for the first time in my adult life. (Used it diluted in organic jojoba oil, which does not cause a reaction on its own.) I really want to use the chemical free oil. Can anyone explain why the acetate works and the unadulterated oil does not? References and citations of research would be most appreciated. Thanks!

  • Dana says:

    Please do further research. Many tocopheryls and Vitamin E is soy. Soy is a serious allergen in skin products and food. We have a 2 year old with soy allergies. There are many websites on the internet to research the several names given to soy in food and skin care products.

  • Judy says:

    Mystery solved ! I blamed this horror on many things moved from a house where I was living. I thought I was being asphyxiated by my heating system. My face looked like fell into a bed of Poison Ivy. Huge watery bags under under my eyes. I aged 30 years in appearance. Not good when your 60. That was 3 yrs ago. I recently used 1 of the only products I was too cheap to throw away. Guess what? A roll on tocopherol acetate. It felt amazing going on my chapped skin and eyes. Then they exploded to sagging sacs of fluid. I found this sight. Mystery solved. Right I’m sticking with olive oil. I’m not using anything with vit E added. clearing nicely. When I see older women with bags under their eyes instead of only seeing tired over worked humans. I now see poisoned tired & over worked. What a world! Thank You

  • jd says:

    I went through patch testing in June of last year. Tocopherol Acetate was the major culprit of my red, itchy patches, but I am also allergic to Formaldehyde and neomycin. My derm gave me access to a special website with passwords where I can find items without TA in them; however, despite reading labels on everything, I am still experiencing periods of break-outs and am completely frustrated. I am sorry there are so many of us with this allergy, but I am comforted knowing I am not alone. Perhaps my next step is food allergy patch testing. ugh.



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