Natural Treatment for Keloid Scars

Last Modified on Jul 05, 2014

A keloid can be described simply as a scar that does not stop growing. Normally, as the skin is injured, a fibrous tissue, known as scar tissue, grows over the wound to heal and protect the injury. In some cases, though, this scar tissue continues to grow, forming a smooth, firm growth known as a keloid. Keloids are typically much larger than the original wound and are most often found on the upper chest and shoulders; however, keloids can develop anywhere.

As keloids occur as the overgrowth of scar tissue, these growths form at the site of a prior injury. Symptoms also manifest at the injury site and include a flesh-colored area of skin that is pink to red in color, a lumpy or ridged patch of skin, a section of scar tissue that continues to grow and itchiness at the site of the growth.



Keloids develop as the result of the overgrowth of scar tissue at the site of an injury. Most injury types can contribute to or cause keloids including acne scars, burns, chickenpox scars, ear piercings, scratches, surgical cuts and vaccination sites. The exact cause for the development of keloid scarring is unknown.

Natural Keloid Treatment and Keloid Removal

Keloid scarring is common and typically does not require medical attention. However, keloid scars can often be uncomfortable or itchy. As such, some keloid treatment may prove beneficial. Common keloid treatments include the topical application of healing substances. Apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, calendula cream, lavender and salt water can help diminish the symptoms and appearance of a keloid. Keloid removal can also be completed by applying a paste of crushed acetaminophen and water to the site of the keloid of several days. Gotu kola, gum spirit of turpentine and honey can also offer relief and treatment of keloids.

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[YEA]  04/11/2013: Paula from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: "My daughter pierced her inner ear and a keloid formed and was painful and sore. She tried acv, tea tree oil, calendula cream, lavender, salt water and various other natural remedies all to no avail. She had a roommate who was genetically prone to keloid scarring and she recommended crush uncoated Tylenol with a couple drops of water to make a paste. Leave on for no more than five mins. at a time. Within 3 days and 3 applications later, 95% of the keloid went away. It opened up and stuff came out and than scabbed over."

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06/11/2013: Ty from Riverside, California replies: "So was the keloid fairly new? Did you try it right away or no? Also, how big was the keloid?"
06/16/2013: Paula from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada replies: "My daughter's keloid was probably 6 months or older. Her room mate, as I have stated, was very prone to getting keloids quite frequently. It was her doctor who recommended the Tylenol. It was approx. The size of a dime. She would make a paste of tylenol with a few drops of water and leave it on for a short period of about five minutes. It would start to feel like it was burning but started to immediately feel it changing. The colour went from dark to red to lighter as it started to respond to the Tylenol. On about the third application it broke open and oozed a pus like substance and than scabbed over and shrunk about 2/3s."
06/29/2013: Ren from Vancouver, British Columbia replies: "Can you tell me what king of Tylenol did your daughter use since there are too many kinds sold in the store."
11/20/2013: Keloid Scarred from Vermont replies: "If some puss came out and it scabbed over and healed, it was not a keloid scar. Keloids are fibrous scars, not infections. I've had keloids for 50 years and the only thing I have found that fixes them is eating soy products, like soy veggie patties over several years.

Doctors have tried a number of things to deal with them, like cutting one off, which only resulted in an infection and a worse keloid when that healed. I also endured 300 injections of cortisone into the scars themselves when I was young, in college. You can imagine how painful that was, with no results.

Vitamin E is the only thing that makes a difference at all. I imagine that the soy patties have a lot of Vitamin E, and who knows what else. But it makes the scars go flat, and has even reduced the discoloration to the point where many of them have become invisible."

04/19/2014: Ben from Uk replies: "From my understanding, a keloid scar can form over a site of infection such as a boil on the chest. Could this not be what happened here?"

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[YEA]  02/24/2014: Mark from Cincinnati, Oh: "I had a keloid scar on the back of my ear that developed when I attempted to remove a mole some years ago. The scar grew to about the size of a large pea and was painful and unsightly. As time went on I became more and more self-conscious about it. Even though it was on the back of my ear I was always nervous about it whenever standing in front of people.

After reading a lot of comments about different solutions in removing these types of scars (ACV, rubber bands, tylenol, etc) I tried each one. First I tried tylenol. I ground up a pill with a little bit of water to make a paste and put it on the scar. I did this for about a week and it didn't do anything. Next I tried the rubber band method. This was incredibly painful and I gave up after one day. I even contemplated getting the scar surgically removed but read that scars often come back after surgery.

Lastly I tried Apple Cider Vinegar (organic with the mother). I soaked a cotton ball with the ACV and held it against the scar for about an hour. I was unable to tape the cotton ball to my ear because of the awkward location so I just held it there. Some people have said they had normal skin 'burn' from the ACV but this didn't happen to me. I merely held the cotton ball against the scar. I noticed after a day or 2 the scar started turning a little bit white and opened up a little. Once the scar opened up I could only hold a cotton ball on it for 15-20 minutes at a time because it stung. The stinging was tolerable though and it felt more like it was healing the scar. After another day or two a scab formed. I'm a scab picker so I couldnt resist pulling the scab off. This was a little bit painful as it felt like it was also ripping part of the scar tissue off.

I didn't put ACV/cotton ball on it every single day. In fact, there were times I would go a week without doing it to let the skin heal a little bit. When I would apply the ACV and hold it on my ear it would only be for about 30 minutes. Each time, a new scab would form a couple days later that I would peel off. After a couple of weeks of this I noticed the scar had reduced in size dramatically.

Now the scar is nearly completely flat and just about unnoticeable. It was a virtually pain-free process and I'm so glad to have found such a great remedy. I am even drinking the ACV twice a day with water now. I haven't really noticed much benefits since drinking it but will continue with it. Thanks EC!"

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  02/09/2014: Amanda from Usa: "I have a keloid on my cartilage from an ear piercing. It is about the size a bean. I have been using ACV for about a month. Sometimes I forget to use it and I only do it at night. It scabs over and It even gave me a black spot on it. It scabs over and it goes away. It creates holes in the places that I have my cotton ball on the most but, I think it is working. It hasn't gone down much (I'm not too consistent) but it has flattened and changed shaped which makes me believe if I continue it will flatten even better. I'm white so my skin seems to have turned a bit redder but it's not too bad. I cover my ear everyday anyways and if it flattens more I don't care if there is a red spot. Hope this helps someone figure out what to do. Goodluck and post your story even if the reply is late because if you found this someone else will too!! Like me!!"

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  06/09/2013: Tired Of Keloids from Toronto, Ontario: "Hi, I am from Toronto. I have had keloid for many years now (abt 5) on my chest. I used ACV for a mth and noticed scabs on it. It did get smaller also. I stopped using it for a bit because around my chest ACV used to burn on my skin. I have started again but don't see much difference. I will try the tylenol thing tonight hopefully it will work.

I am booked for a surgery for this in August where my doctor will shave the keloid but the products that will be used to prevent from coming has been suggested as cancerous later in life.

I am hoping that the suggestions on this page will work."

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06/10/2013: Caitlin from Austin, Tx replies: "My keloid scar began disappearing when I began ingesting ACV and using coconut oil directly on it. It is so flat now and so much less noticeable that I am astounded. But, I ask myself the question, which one was it? The ACV taken daily or cleaning & moisturizing my skin with the VCO? Perhaps a combination of both! The VCO has really gotten my facial scars better and ACV has brightened my face up."
03/24/2014: Nina from England replies: "Hi, I understand exactly where you are coming from - I am also tired of keloids! I learned to get on with it though! I really hope I am not too late, but having my keloid shaved was the worst decision of my life. It grew back bigger and more aggressive (I currently have a bag of ice cubes on my chest to prevent the itchiness when it gets warm) I wish id left it alone! With research you'll get to understand your keloid and I think diet is the best option in helping it heal from the inside out, sounds ridiculous I know but I have noticed when my hormones change (increase in estrogen) and when I'm not eating particularly well, it tends to feel more sore look more red and feel uncomfortable and itch and when it itches I know it's growing! Cool compress seems to help me ease the pain and keeping my skin hydrated! I hope this has helped x"

08/20/2012: Perev from Toronto, Ontario: "Dear Ted, I have used the ACV solution on my keloid for about 5 days where I soaked a cotton with ACV and keep it on my Kel'd from the time I wake up, the entire day until I go to sleep, now I have noticed it has scabbed, turned very red, feels warm to the touch and there's a blue bruise type, like a thread form on it. I have stopped for a day to using ACV, just wanna ask if its okay and if its normal. What do I do next... Just nervous if its goin to have any reactions and turn my scar even bigger.. Please help me thanks"

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10/15/2012: San from Houston, Tx replies: "Please keep us posted on if ACV removes the redness of the keloid. I have around 30 keloids, I have used Kennacort injections to great success, applying Triocaine makes the process painless. The keloids have flattened but the redness is still there, I am wondering how can I get rid of that. Thanks!"
03/05/2013: Puggle from Beaumont, Tx replies: "consider sauna or read up on it......"
03/25/2013: Sania from Toronto, Ontario replies: "It's been a month since I have been using ACV and I have about 4 scabs (bruises) on my keloid. For those who have used ACV, does it remove the keloid?"

[SIDE EFFECTS]  04/09/2012: Marcelopassos from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: "Hi, my name is Marcelo and I`m from Brazil. I have a 2x0.5 inch keloid. Last night I applied Apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball and left it on the scar during the night. The next day there were two open wounds on my scar... They scabbed but it got even more red. Should I continue to use the ACV?

Thanks, Marcelo"

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07/09/2012: Michelle from Vancouver, British Columbia replies: "I started using ACV on my 5 year old keloid today. Over this period, it has grown from about 0.5 cm to 2 cm in length. I have tried steroid injections which were extremely painful and the effects did not last. Using the ACV, I applied it every half hour or so with a Q-tip, and used the Q-tip to rub and put pressure on it until the ACV was pretty much dry. Then repeated that process for about 10 hours, every half an hour. I could immediately see that the ACV was working, the keloid was flattened and the colouring was almost like my normal skin. Other than some redness from the ACV that I accidently must have applied to my healthy skin around the keloid, there were no side effects. I've read some other people's replies on here and they seem to have pussing and pain. However, I found no sensation to the area.

I would really recommend to try ACV with the applied rubbing and pressure ( read that it helps to break down the keloid in addition to the ACV) I will continue to try this method and see what happens and keep you all posted!"

11/21/2012: Tj from Nashville, Ar replies: "Hey what was your effects with the steroid injections?"
03/31/2013: Getwell from Glasgow, Uk replies: "Hi Michelle, Did the ACV work? How's your keloid now?"

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  01/16/2012: Grim from Chicago, Il: "I have a keloid on my right ear its on the front and it is about 1/2 inch. Well I started putting ACV on it about 1 month ago and I could see that it was going down it immediately. It started to pus up and bleed and scab. Now the skin around it is grey and pussing. I am nervous but I am going to keep at it and hopefully by the summertime it will be gone. I will keep you all posted on my results."

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01/19/2012: Charlotte from London, Uk replies: "I've just got myself some ACV and will start applying it tomorrow. Please do keep us posted on how your keloid is doing, because it will be helpful to see how other people are progressing so we can compare results!

If anyone else has any stories about using ACV on their keloids please post them! I have found all of the posts very helpful and extremely heartening so far!

I have a keloid on my arm from an injection at school, and one on my right ear lobe from a piercing. I have had them both for 5 years. The one on the back of my ear got surgically removed because it was getting very large. It has grown back slowly over the 3 years since it's been operated on, it isnt as large as it was but it is still itchy and I worry it will carry on growing. The scar on my arm stopped itching after a couple of years and seems to be quite stable with no noticable change in size.. I would just love to get rid of the one on my ear!

Thank you, I will keep you posted on my scars!"

03/11/2012: Amy from Warwick, NY replies: "Hello Ted and any other affected readers,

I am thrilled to find this forum and to hear similar stories of people with keloid scars. However, most peoples scars I've read seem to be small. I'm interested in treating mine with something, but I was wondering if these treatments are effective on larger keloid scars as well? I'm quite nervous to begin. My scar 4 inches by 1 inch. It was originally much smaller, the size of a nickel. However, it has a cyst inside of it and it was quite painful, so I tried steriod injections. They were so painful! I then had surgery to remove the entire thing. Now I have an even bigger longer scar from the incision. Will any other these home remedies work for me? I'm sick of having to buy high necked shirts and having to have a custom made wedding dress.

Thank you."

03/13/2012: Rachel from Reinholds, Pa replies: "Keloids - often respond well to treatment topically with comfrey dalve or Complete Tissue Salve (contains Comfrey)

If you cannot find either of these email me at myronweaver2(at)gmail. com and I will suggest a source.

I help treat burns and serious wounds outside of the hospital whenever possible and we were working on a 2 yr old who had been burned over 30% of his body. When he was released from the hospital, the concern was the serious keloids he had that covered his whole back. These would not stretch as he grew. I have a huge bed of comfrey so I blended comfrey root with olive oil and mixed it with another salve and applied it daily to his back and his keloids nearly disappeared over a few months of time. We were very grateful.

Since our family takes comfrey internally (though FDA warns against it) we have had good success with a 6 inch by 2 inch keloid shrinking to an almost flat surface. My husband was drinking comfrey green smoothies for some intestinal trouble he was having and one day he noticed, to his amazement that his keloid on his arm was 50% gone.

Comfrey is a skin miracle worker.

We had a friend who had serious scarring in his throat from a tracheotomy site. It affected his voice big time. On hearing what comfrey could do he began drinking green smoothies of comfrey.

In one week he told us that his voice was 50% better and the scarring was going away."

04/20/2012: Joseph from Murfreesboro, Tn replies: "I don't know where to find comfrey but I have a keloid on my chest and shoulder could u tell me how u got rid of the keloids and what u used and also where to get the items. thank you so much."

[YEA]  08/02/2011: Deb from Manchester, Uk: "Thanks to the comments on this site I began using Organic Apple Cider Vinegar on my Keloid scar which is aprox 4cm x 1.5cm on my arm. My scar got to this size from an original keloid (which formed from an injection given to me at school) that I stupidly got surgically removed - this was a huge mistake as it only grew back much bigger. I applied the Apple Cider Vinegar on the scar at night, reapplying once dry then I would dab a bit of cotton wool with ACV and taped it to the scar over night. Some nights I would hold off taping the cotton wool with Apple Cider Vinegar to my arm as it would sometime irritate but I knew the irritation was from the scar being destroyed so I kept at it. Eventually the ACV ate away at the entire keloid scar, amazingly it never destroyed the healthy skin. This took about 3-4 weeks for the Apple Cider Vinegar to break down the keloid, I now have flat pinky skin surrounded by healthy skin so I have stopped using the Apple Cider Vinegar and I am now using natural oils to promote healthy skin to grow.

I have read that some people have similar success with Tea Tree Oil but I only applied this to the area once every morning after a shower. It took about 4/5 days to notice that the ACV was working. It did seem like it was getting worse as the scar would swell and start to pus in different places on the scar but this would scab and fade in the shower.

I tried everything from silicone sheets, scar removal surgery, laser treatment, steroid injections and expensive topical creams nothing worked, the injection helped to flatten but eventually the keloid would grow and expand a bit. I lived a life of wearing silicon sheets every night just to prevent it from growing any further. Nothing has been able to get rid of my keloid. I have always heard stories of people with keloids on ear lobes/nose being able to tie thread around the keloid to eventually cut of the blood supply leading to the keloid dropping off but I couldn't do that because my scar was on my arm - impossible to tie anything around that. I thank God that I stumbled across this website and discovered how others were using ACV, I only wish I discovered this earlier in my life!!!"

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09/07/2011: Gb from Montreal, Qc, Canada replies: "To Deb: Hi, may I ask how old your scar was, and what color it was originally? Thanks for your help!"
10/24/2011: Deb from Manchester, Uk replies: "Hi GB, the keloid that formed from my last attempt at keloid removal surgery was about 5 years old and I have black skin so it was slightly darker than my skin tone - as the Apple Cider Vinegar ate away at the keloid it showed the pinky flesh until it eventually healed."
10/29/2011: Max from Sg replies: "To Deb: Can 3 years keloid be able to work without any surgeries in the past??"
[SIDE EFFECTS]  02/12/2012: Julypen from Dubai replies: "hi.. I'm julypen.. I am applying ACV on my keloid but it was very painful because ACV create a wound on my keloid.. Could you please advise me if it is normal or I would stop putting ACV on my keloid.. Please thanks:)"
02/12/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Julypen, dilute the ACV, of course."
03/31/2013: Getwell from Glasgow, Uk replies: "Hi Deb, I am extremely happy to hear tht a person got cured with Keloid. I am also in a pathetic suitation where a small wound on my neck becomes a keloid scar and grown huge. As it got infected, I had undergone surgery with out any other choice.. Bad luck.. Now surgery scar is 5+ inches long and started growing.. I am thinking of applying the ACV diluted. Your post gave me some hope. Thanks for sharing."
10/17/2013: Royal from Nigeria replies: "Hi, am Royal 4rm Nigeria, from all d commnts postd it seem Acv has helped many but am in Africa and I dnt knw wat an ACV or tylenol is. My keloid is over 5yrs nd is on my breast. Wat can I find here dat wil b useful"
12/04/2013: Enya from Jonesboro replies: "I can't wait to tell my daughter about the acv. She did remove one large keloid from her ear with the rubberband, with much pain involved. She still has others on her other ear, now she wants surgery, I think it's a waste of money, knowing it will return."

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  05/04/2009: Jo from SF, CA: "i have been using ACV for the keloids for the last 9 months .. and it has helped in the sense that i dont see the growth as before where i had to go for injections every few months . so thanks for the suggestion ..

However, some of the keloids even thought kinda flat look pretty red.. copped peptides were suggested to remove that and flater them .. but isnt that going to do the reverse by generating extra collagen .. i am confused ..

PLEASEEEEEEEEEEE HELP .. what other remedies would remove the redness .. and make them flatter?

Thanks a bunch .."

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05/04/2009: Jennifer from North Bruwswick, New Jersey replies: "Hello,

I just wanted to let you know that i had a hypertrophic scar which is same as keloid but doesnt extend beyond the site of injury . i used tea tree oil on it (100%), please be patient and you will see results, it took two weeks, when you first start using tea tree oil you will think that nothing is happening but after a couple of days, the scar starts to shirnk and scab. Just exfoliate when that happens and keep putting tea tree oil. Tea tree oil doesnt burn healthy skin as bad as apple cider vinager, turns the hypertrophic scar into a white color after it has healed OR if you dont put too much of it. I put too much of it because i wanted to get rid of it, so it shrunk it then scabbed and peeled , now i have lighr pink color that im sure will feed with time and constant honey and aloe vera application. Try it and let me know how it does. Soak a cotton ball , the size of your scar in tea tree oil, put it on your scar and keep it over night then remove it the next day , if there is too much irritation, take a day off or continue if you want results faster. I hope it works for you, i tried everything from ACV, to scillicon sheets, nothing worked except tea tree oil. Use aloe vera once the scar scabs and falls to minimize the burning effects.

Good Luck to you"
05/04/2009: Linda from SF, CA replies: "I have been taking 1000 mg of flax seed oil and/or fish oil three times a day which seems to help keep my keloid flatter and less red."
07/03/2009: Sasha from Harare, Zimbabwe replies: "I am a female 43years of age and I am proned to keloids. I have approximately four keloids one being about 9cm long and 1 1/2cm wide. After reading your article I have just started applying Tea Tree Oil I hope it works. It is drying some part of it. Some of it has become very raw. It is irritating"
12/15/2009: Jo from Sf, Ca replies: "Hi,

Let me start off with thanking Ted , thank you so much for giving us alternative remedies to take care of ourselves.. I refer friends to this website all the time.

I had written on this site a few months ago .. see above.

I since then started doing the Baking soda with Hydrogen peroxide and it has also kep the keloids soft and under control. However, some of them are still kinda red or dark (interstingly , only the ones on the arm). Isnt there anything to actually reduce the redness (if not the actual keloid size)?

Ted i read about aspirin masks and tea tree oil.. given what has worked for me in the past, what remedy do you think is best?

I am getting married in a few months and it would be great to just have some small scars which can be covered with some makeup.. pleaseeeeeee let me know .

If anyone else has any experience, please let me know.

Ted, what do you think about coper peptides??"
[YEA]  02/21/2010: Michelle from Berkeley, California replies: "I have been using ACV on a keloid scar that formed 13 years ago after surgery. I had no idea it could be removed until reading the comments on this site.

It was about 4 inches long and a good inch wide, very thick and lumpy. After more than a year of applying ACV on a cotton ball to it over night, it is nearly gone.

At times the ACV irritated my skin. In that case, I let up at night and dabbed ACV on it 3-5 times during the day. A scab would form that would exfoliate off in the shower. The cycle repeated until the scar got smaller and smaller. My skin was more irritated from the tape holding the cotton ball than from the ACV.

I waited this long to post because I feared the scar would somehow reappear. Happy to say, it is 90% gone.

I tried silicon sheets, over the counter scar treatments, and nothing was effective. ACV works, but you must be diligent in applying it every night or daily. I would have preferred something that worked quicker, but after living with the scar for 13 years, what was one more year."
03/06/2010: Km from Allegen, Michigan replies: "I tried the apple cider vinegar too, and the tape that I used around it irritated my skin as well! It did scab once but I stopped using it, I'm just afraid of making it worse.. did it look worse before it got better? I would just like to know what exactly to expect, Thanks@"
03/08/2010: Michelle from Berkeley, Usa replies: "Reply to Kim: Yes, the scar will look worse due to the scabbing. When a scab forms, it usually will fall off in a day or two. You can stop the ACV periodically so the skin has time to heal. The scab will naturally exfoliate in the shower or you can rub it off if it is ready to fall off. You can also just keep the cotton ball on the scar for a short period so scabbing doesn't occur. The scar will turn white and get softer over time. The skin will also begin to exfoliate.

You will notice the scar getting smaller and smaller over time. The surrounding skin that once was part of the scar will no longer be affected (scab) by the ACV. The ACV will bring the healed skin to its normal color but will continue to eat away at the scar."
03/13/2010: Cay from Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines replies: "i had a bad case of keloid on my upper arm which started to grow since i was 7. i had it after a routine vaccination at my school and that's 25 years ago so you can just imagine how big it is now. it can be so itchy at times and so painful when i bump it on something sharp. added to it are pimples on my chest and back and a minor surgery scar which also became keloidal. that's why i'm always on the look-out for possible remedies and all that was available were injections which they say is so painful and those expensive ointments which proved to be ineffective anyway. until i stumbled on this website and i am amazed that it can be cured by using natural ingredients. i can't wait to try some of it soon (acv and baking soda to start with). i promise to write again as soon as i get positive results. thank you so much for creating websites such as this. MABUHAY!"
03/15/2010: Sphinx from Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines replies: "hi! i have acquired keloid on my upper arm when i was 7 from a routine vaccination (of i don't know what vaccine) in school. it appeared as a small pustule then and after 26yrs, is now around 2inches long. it can be itchy at times and very painful when hit by sharp objects. pimples on my chest and back and occasional boils also tend to grow into keloid so i have more than 10 growths around my torso by now. i always search the net in hope for possible prevention, if not cure. at the start, it was discouraging because i read that creams and ointments does not give good results and injections are way too expensive and also very painful. that's why just last week, it seemed like hope finally shone on me when i stumbled upon this website and read the articles most especially that of ted's. i didn't know keloid can be cured with just baking soda and acv! but when i read the foods to be avoided, it saddens me to know that i eat almost all those on the list at a regular basis. take for example wheat. of course being asians, rice as staple food is being served at least twice a day but we snack on bread, cookies, cakes, pastries most of the time and they're all made mostly from wheat flour, sugar and milk. and i happen to like tomatoes and citrus fruits as well. starting my regimen of drinking alkalized water (w/baking soda), i try to steer clear from eating those on the list as hard as i can but i just can't really help it sometimes. is it possible to up the detoxifying action of alkalized water by drinking it more often? like, mixing baking soda into the water i drink all day? i mix 1/2 teaspoon in every 500ml that i consume. would that still be ok? i mean,would there be any side/adverse effects if i take in too much baking soda? i also started applying cane vinegar (the only kind available in our kitchen) to my keloid and it was a bit painful everytime i do, so i guess it's working. but i'm planning to grab a bottle of acv next time i go to the grocery. pls do answer my querries. i really hope i will be keloid-free someday. thanks and more power! MABUHAY!"
05/16/2010: Daviegirl from Davie, Florida Usa replies: "which one would you say is the least irritating ACV or tea tree oil, my keloid is in my chest and the skin gets extremely itchy and irritated, usually after taking a hot shower. Which one of the two mentioned above should I start using first ? I have given up, tried everything including surgery (twice) and radiation, and nothing. Thank you"
[YEA]  09/13/2011: John from Overland Park, Ks replies: "I read this thread a 4weeks ago coz I have three keloids on my chest.

I'll be as truthful and honest as I can be:- At first I was skeptical about ACV kept asking myself why do Dr. not recommend this, But I took a shot since I tried cortisone injection which I must atest it's expensive and painful to get those injections!!!

I have been applying Organic ACV on two of my Keloid coz the 3rd one is larger(2inches long and 1inches wide).

Results

They're gone!!!

Findings

1) What ACV does it denatures the Epithelial tissue(top skin). It kills it, making it a dead skin therefore it peels off one layer at a time.

Cons

1) Skin irritates for 5min while applying(ACV)

2) Makes the skin really dark i.e. Dark spots are visible.

Application

For me;

Applied every night:- Pour ACV on cotton swab then dress it with Band Aid and slept.

Conclusion

If you got Small keloids use this coz it rips the skin open i.e. like an open wound. I won't recommend this for larger keloid it would be torture.

I am going next week to remove the larger Keloid (3rd keloid) then I monitor it, I might apply ACV on it while its still flat so that it doesnt grow again!!!

I will keep you guys posted. I have pictures from day 1 so I will post them ASAP"

10/13/2011: Amanda from Columbus, Oh replies: "My husband suffers from keloid scars and it such a devestating condition. They are not only itchy and painful but also cause the sufferer to assume a disturbed body imagage. He is currently on a vitamin E oil regimine, the keloids have softened and has noticed a great reduction in itchiness. We are dedicated to finding a method of diminishing the keloids, hopefully getting rid of the altogether.

Please visit our site at http://www.keloidscar.info

Thank You"

11/08/2011: Kass from USA replies: "Hi, I've been doing the ACV on a scar (I'm not sure if keloid or hypertrophic) but it turned the dark pinky/brown skin thats was on raised part into a scab that fell off in shower and its white underneath. My skin is still raised, I am not sure if I should continue with ACV or not."
02/17/2012: Avis2972 from Allentown, Pa replies: "Hi, I recommend you try Potassium Iodine.. It is heaven sent!! I have been on it for 2 weeks now and the results have been amazing. I can literally see the scars receding and flattening right before my very eyes!! The one thing about Keloid scars that most people don't understand is- they formed because the area at some point became infected. The Keloid forms as a result of our bodies trying to protect itself- thus trapping the infection in place. Iodide/Iodine (google it) not only makes the skin tissue regenerate but it cures the infection altogether!! I recommend supplementing with Lugol's iodine and applying Potassium directly on the scars twice a day. This double threat will make sure that you are attacking the infection both internally and externally! Another good thing about it is that onece the Keloid is gone.. It will never come back.. How good is that?!?! ? Good luck!!"
05/13/2012: Komal from Mumbai, India replies: "Avis, will you please explain how to use Potassium, how many applications in a day is advisable, where to get it from, it comes in which form."
05/14/2012: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Komal, Firstly, have you tried Apple Cider Vinegar that should help you else you can try Lugol Iodine. It contains Potassium iodide also. Otherwise if you want to use potassium as such then it comes as potassium bi carbonate or Potassium Citrate, which you should be able to get from any chemist's shop, make a saturated solution and can apply. It is in the form of a white powder. Baldev"
08/09/2012: Tsering from Shillong, India replies: "Avis2972 Is it potassium Iodide or Iodine and is it for internal use or external? pls let me know soon..thx"
02/16/2014: Roosevelt Walker from Auckland Park, Gauteng, South Africa replies: "I have started using this last night this is how applied it:

  • Poured AVC on a cotton ball and rubbed all over the keloid

  • Repeated The process

Then soaked a cotton ball in the Vinegar and held it down w/ a band aid on my keloid! And woke up this morning, Nothing happened! What did I do wrong you guys? Really need his keloid to just pack and go!"

Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide

Approval Ratings
NAY (1)
100%

[NAY]  10/06/2013: Kt from Ca: "I am a 37 year old male and have had keloids on my back and shoulders for about 15 years and on my chest for about 10. According to the doctor these were formed as part of the healing process for acne that I had in these parts. Aside from surgical removal, I have tried steroid injections and multiple scar removal creams. I recently read the posts I tried the baking soda/hydrogen peroxide remedy as mentioned on the earth clinic site. It has been over a month but has not had an effect on the keloids.

Any further suggestions would be really appreciated. The keloids don't hurt much but do itch and sometimes sensitive to the touch. Thank you."

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10/15/2013: Kt from Ca replies: "Any suggestions? Thank you."

Castor Oil

Approval Ratings
NAY (1)
100%

[NAY]  02/04/2014: Salenai from Bratislava, Slovakia: "Hello, I had hypertrophic scar on my nose for 5 years, from a cystic pimple. Microdermabrasion 3 years ago flattened it a little bit. Scar was still bothering me, so I massaged it month and week ago with castor oil, which improved and worsened the scar, since there was worsening, I decided to keep the oil within boundaries, therefore massaged it with qtip, which was a bad idea, because it made scar swell upp, scab turned on half of it, scar became bigger and wider.

During last month, I have been observing changes, scar has been raising up a little bit more, and widening a little bit more, I am afraid that I may have created keloid, because it went further than where damage occured.

How should I treat it please?:(

Btw, I have seborrhoeic dermatitis, not sure if it is related somehow to my scar or not (perhaps pressure due to oil is pushing the scar tissue up? Or that oil makes it seem like there is continues damage taking place under the skin?)

Thank you."

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02/05/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Salenai, could this be a case of "getting worse before getting better"? Is the Castor Oil pulling things up from below? You can back off a while and read up on other anti-scar remedies."
02/09/2014: Salenai from Bratislava, Slovakia replies: "Well, maybe before. But now I have not really been using anything on the scar, and scar has been worsening by itself. It is widening, and raising on it's own :/. Sometimes I have a feeling like it itchces, but that may be my imagination due to reading so much about keloids and their symptoms.

Not sure if I have keloid or not, but it very well may be one :(. What should I use on it please? I am observing changes every 8-12 hours. It is near tip of my nose, VERY visible :(, and still worsening. It has been month and half now. Thanks."

06/01/2014: Mr. A from Denmark replies: "Hi thanx for sharing experiences in here. I have keloid on my chest and now going to try the ACV method. I have tried steriod injections and they are as you guys mention, very painfull and only helps to flatten out the keloid, however after some time it returns.

I will keep you posted :) Br, Mr. A"

Detox Diet

01/12/2014: Biljana from Beograd, Serbia: "Dear friends,

One of the biggest problem of people suffering from keloid and my..is the way ortodox medicine and social background treat you. As the medicine have not, or do not want to search for right answer and disturb pharmaceutical capital , you are mostly case for psychiatrist .you are not able to work but your diagnosis is your fantasy, why? Because you are danger for doctors authority because you know much more about your problem than they because you was alone in it but have to survive and you use much more information from internet and your head, I am not prone to keliid as i am not black and I had a lot of skin injuries as it is normal for children.but i have never had keloid on such places. I have keloid on skin place where i got vaccine as a child .and i do not believe in being prone. It is obvious that my immunity is disturb by vacine as happened to many people and place where i got vacine injection is body part with start with fight against toxic and unfamiliar material in vacine. Thanks to my intelligent body that start with inflammation trying to move out enemy from me. I realy have objective feeling all my life that something strange and uncomfortable is in keloid. But i was young and my parents were not informed and we were manipulated by propaganda and brainwashing .my keloid was quiet for years and repeat inflammation after 25 years as I got more toxin from teeth covering. The point is....it is obvious that my and other keloids should be result of 2 variables immunity problem and toxic ingredients which have critical line to show bad symptoms. I want to tell you my very dramatic experience to be public for discussing and feed back. I have started with some kind of drainage beside dieting as i have seen that it helps me in detoxifying and helps me to breath normal and lost of lot dramatic symptoms. Whenever I left some little amount of blood to poor out of keloid I felt a strong metal smell in blood but I felt much better, after one year i have not metal smell .my blood from keloid was nearly blue violet at the beginning and now is normal red. My keloid still exist as my body use kelod to move toxin from many part of body system out through limpha and blood. I do not want to tell other people to do this because of possible infection . I did it with sterile needles and have not infection .but i want to say for those people who are thinking ...the point is detoxication and moving out toxin .all strategies that helps are good but do not use more chemical stuff that doctors give to you as your problem is that your blood and body have more toxin and specially chemical toxin that we can adapt to and that are not biocompatible with human. So, detoxifying is the point..you are not special rase or prone to keloid . You are full of toxin from experimental medicine like vacine, from food, global and local pollution and so...your problem is very objective and you are not psychiatric case. And please doctors leave your internet fobia and read and read and be more informed as this is the way to use medicine in human way because you and your children should be the victim. This is also appel for society to help people who are victim of mostly intended pollution by understanding problem as very objective. Remember people who has not keloid as a sign of body fighting on skin level maybe are full with cysts and other somatic changes and they ignore it as it should not be seen before they get problems with health "without obvious reason."

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01/12/2014: Biljana from Beograd, Serbia replies: "I have just sent you letter with my case and my way of thinking about keloid and much more. I have found your site the only one that connected tags keloid and detoxifying which means to me so much as this support my way of thinking. I am here alone as our medicine treat keloid as an esthetic problem and is not interested in reason or causes and if it is - the reason is connected with being prone to or hurted by ..no more- all other conclusions that I made by reading a lot and thinking a lot were nearly put to scince fiction or psychiatric case. When I saw your site and understanding the connection between keloid and toxins and your suggestions about treatment I feel that I have friends, able to run away from manipulation, to treat problem with open mind and to treat people with problem in democratic way with communication. I have read a lot from your site and at the moment i am gathering information about detoxifying people with keloid. I sent you my experience. For me actual problem should be many conflict information about antioxidants like garlic, onion, some oils, some vegetables and eg coffe .so i have decided to make decision with help of my sense for good and bad and my body reaction in this conflict information.generally i am using natural food as it possible with lot of vitamins and minerals, trying to avoid! "bad food" and drinking enough water and using showers few time a day , ....but no chemicals .....not teeth paste, not cleaning chemicals, not food staying long time with chemical support, not parfumes , not ear rings, no magnet and so so...I am feeling better as I am not still able to work as I have sometimes some signs coming back and I fall in depression as I am not like others and I still depend on my mother money as our sooial help is not to be mentioned , it is enough for three day eating healthy food and nothing else, so I would like also to see some articles about social treatment of people with such problems"

Dietary Changes

Approval Ratings
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
100%

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  02/13/2014: Sunny from Co.: "People that have keloids should avoid foods and drinks that are acid, sour vinegar, limes, etc, excess salt, and excess sugar red meat. These things make keloids itch and grow much larger. Take vitamins E, C, D , CQ1O LIQUID, KRILL OIL, VIT B COMPLEX if care is taken the darkness will reduce and many times the color will get to be the color of your skin and keloid will become more flat overtime.

I also have keloids and for many years the itching was terrible. I got surgery on one which made it four times bigger. Then I started getting painful injections on another one, which did not help. I got four injections in total and stopped since I changed my diet. That is what made a difference. Also staying hydrated. I will start painting it with iodine. Good luck."

DMSO

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

05/08/2010: Helena from Nashvile, Tn: "Hello! I REALLY want to try DMSO as a remedy for a fifteen-year-old keloid, four inches long, on my shoulder. Is the bad breath/body odor side effect going to keep me from going out in public for months? I know it will take a while to flatten the scar, but I need an alternate remedy if I'm going to stink badly for a long period of time. Thanks!"

Replies
02/19/2012: Sixxftr from Fairfax, Va replies: "@Amanda is OH -- I clicked the link from earthclinic.com to your site and was hugely disappointed. You and your husband are on a mission to get rid of keloids? I don't think so.

It seems as if this site had real 'valid' information on anything. You have 1 only 1 before and after shot and you don't say anything about it, nor do you say they used one of the home remedies. It would be great to know - what they used, how long they used it - and how long before they began to see results. Did they use more than one?

You also have Mederma on there - when Mederma is from onion extract and has not been proven to remove scars - let alone reducing keloids. Which is why so many companies clearly state that their formulation is not from onion extract (scartreatmentassociation. com, 2012).

While Mederma is certainly one of the most inexpensive and well-known scar creams on the market, our review staff believes that it is not the best product available for reducing the appearance of both old and new scars. This is because Mederma uses onion extract in their formulas. This ingredient was shown to have the same effect as using petroleum jelly.

See: http://www.scartreatmentassociation.com/scarring-removal/mederma-scar-cream.html

But, what you do have on this site is - is affiliate marketing. It's quite obvious that you are trying to draw traffic from Deirdre's site to yours for affiliate dollars. This is quite evident after visiting your site and strictly MY opinion.

You definitely have your ads running."

[YEA]  11/12/2008: Connie : "ok. I went and purchased DMSO last week finally. for myself and a couple of friends. I have been using it for about a week now. First couple of days I mixed it with povidine iodine. It was the closest thing I could come to potassium iodide. I sent some articles about sski as to why I mixed the two.

Side effects. awful taste in your mouth. supposedly your body smells, I didn't notice, but I do taste it in my mouth for days after using it. Supposedly less than a teaspoon a day won't affect your body odor but who knows. my breath is awful! I'm thinking a drop of peppermint oil.

I used it on some varicose veins, a scab on my leg, that's been there since the end of Sept., a muscle on my other leg that needed some serious stretching, I believe I had permanently strained it a while back, I also used it on some scarring, some with raised keloids on them.

So far, besides the taste in my mouth it's all good. Within one day the muscle in my calf was better, within a few days the varicose vein that had been there for 20 years is kind of fading, the scar keloids are dissolving, the scabs and scars appear to be fading.

Then I added oregano oil in olive oil. Why? it fights yeast. In alternative medicine yeast is the root of all illness. I got sick as a dog within hours. Try to remember when you use this stuff that it boosts whatever you are taking into your body. That means if you are enjoying mouth amusement? ie. something with alot of sugar or not particularly good for you? you will pay.

The supplements I am taking along with this is MSM, vita c, wild yam, black cohosh, chasteberry, magnesium citrate, st. johns wort.

I've stopped craving coffee, although I still drink it. I didn't have chocolate until yesterday after going 24 hours without coffee. I also neglected my magnesium supplements for a day. Chocolate cravings have to do with a Magnesium defficiency. :)

I just put it on my doggie's hot spot on his paw as well as some scabs on his back from his extreme flea allergy.

I'm psyched about this stuff :)"

Replies
10/14/2012: San from Houston, Tx replies: "DMSO helping dissolve keloids. Can you please tell me what changes do you see on keloids, I have almost 20 on my shoulder and I am curious to know how MSM and DMSO are helping you? Did you say one one day you saw some difference? Hw many keloids do you have and how old are they.

Thanks, will appreciate your reply."

10/15/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi San, I have written about this on here before regarding MSM and keloid scars. We started using MSM many years ago before anyone really had even heard of it. It was my dad who introduced me to it for body pain due to exercise. He insisted I try it and I hesitatingly agreed to it. It was absolutely amazing! Both my husband and I continued to use it on a regular basis taking it in powder form since it seemed to be more effective than the capsules. It was well into the second year of regularly taking it that suddenly we both noticed our scars had diminished dramatically. I had one on my foot from an operation from many years before and my husband had a very large one above his shoulder from a childhood operation. His was even itchy. At the time we both agreed it was the MSM because there was nothing else we were doing back then on such a regular basis. Several years later we would read about MSM for scars.

Now you could try MSM internally but also use MSM cream topically. It certainly can't hurt to try. Hope this info helps. Lisa"


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