Vitamin E cream applied topically to the burn may help promote healing for minor burns, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). But as the UMMC recommends, wait at least 24 hours before applying any cream or ointment, as doing so sooner may “seal in the burn.”

You should check with your doctor before you use any supplements, whether you apply them topically or take them orally. Some supplements, including vitamin E, may interact with medications you might be taking. Vitamin E may interact with antiplatelet drugs, anticoagulant drugs, aspirin, or ibuprofen, increasing the risk of bleeding. Vitamin E may also interact with other supplements, so speak with your doctor about any medications and supplements you are taking before applying vitamin E cream to your burn.

The best course of treatment for your burn depends on its severity, size, and location. Ointments may be helpful for first-degree burns, but large and more severe burns (second– or third-degree) require medical attention, and may even require surgery. Also, remember that first-degree burns do not leave scars, while more severe burns may.