Natural Treatment for Keloid Scars

Last Modified on Jul 05, 2014


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General Feedback

03/20/2013: Carla from Lakewood, Co: "In doing some online research for keloid treatments, I found the following:

Dr. Tirgan in New York City has started the Keloid Research Foundation. There they are attempting to obtain funding for research on this condition. There are several surveys that those people with keloids can take to provide them with more information regarding this condition. You can also sign up to be a member. Although I am not certain there's much reason to do so, I did. Dr. Tirgan has a specialized website for his private practice, also, and one dedicated to keloid information. He sells a topical panax ginseng cream for keloid treatment. Anyway, I would encourage ANYONE who is seeking treatment or information regarding keloids to get in touch with the foundation! The more people willing to participate in the surveys, etc, the more they'll learn about this condition.

I'm trying the scar treatment cream along with lugol's iodine solution AND Kelocote silicone gel. Not sure, but it seems my keloid scars are reducing just barely. I plan to continue this course even if over the next year and hope to see noticable results!"

Gotu Kola

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[YEA]  01/17/2007: Joy from Chicago, IL: "Hi, I have been trying to find natural cures for keloid scars and in addition to the information on your site, I also found information that says Gotu Kola is effective at reducing the size of keloid scars. I have not tried it yet, but I have just begun using the lavender and tee tree oil treatment recommended by Ted. I will follow up with updates of my progress."

Gum Spirit of Turpentine

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BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
100%

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  04/06/2008: Courtney from Chicago, Illinios: "Someone told me that using Gum Spirit of Turpentine helps dry out keloids completely and they won't come back. She told me to find it at my local pharmacy (or who ever carried it) to see if it worked. I just started and I'm only a week in. It seems to be drying it out very slowly. I have three keloids on my ear. The biggest one is about as big as a pencil eraser on the back of my ear. The second one is on the front side of my ear and it's half the size of my biggest one. And the smallest is where my second ear piercing was. It's about half the size of the second. I tried asprin soulution. I tried using vitamin E as well. None of that was working, in fact my keloids seemed to feed off of it. Not sure if this "remedy" is working either but will see what happens in a month or so."

Honey

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[YEA]  11/25/2006: Rose from PA: "I burned my hand by taking a pan out of the oven and I had a keloid by the same area. Well, I apply it directly to both areas and cover with a bandage before bedtime every night and within a week or 2 I saw it disappear. I also applied it to my keloid scar after surgery. It does wonders. I thank God. God is good."

Ice Cubes

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WORKED TEMPORARILY (1)
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[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  06/27/2009: Suresh from New Delhi, India: "I have post heart surgery keloids on my chest. These often itch suddenly and unbearable. so far none of the cure has worked. however, to get relief from severe sudden itchin, application (rubbing) of icecube helps."

Iodine

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03/25/2010: Rad from Vancouver, B.c.: "I have a large red keloid on the back of my left earlobe. I have had my piercing for around 4 years now and have had it swell recently around a year ago. At first it was very small but now it has grown considerably bigger. I recently got some Iodine Povidine from a brother's friend and have applied it a few times to the large keloid. I was wondering will this help at all or would there be a faster natural method since I would rather not have it surgically removed at this point."

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[YEA]  02/17/2012: Avis2972 from Allentown, Pa replies: "This is the cure.. Try it, you won't regret it! It is amazing to me that doctors and dermatologists keep this simplest of remedies for keloid scars away from their patient. Iodine is so cheap and readily available.. No one should have to endure the shame and physical anguish that it is having keloid scars!!

May all keloids melt to hell!!!!!!! :-)"

01/04/2013: Veritas from Philadelphia, Pa, Usa replies: "For Avis, please share with us a few more details about your experience with iodine. What was your condition and treatment protocol? Thank you."

Keloid Remedies

02/21/2013: Teegurl from Lagos: "Dear Ted, please I need help with an extensive keloid on my chest &shoulders which I suffer last July 2012 as a result of a fire incident. Presently, I am very miserable and depressed owing to the discomfort from the keloid, I can't turn my neck because of the keloid over my neck & chest and my functionality has being seriously impaired. Right now I'm in India where I planned to have surgery to remove the keloids and restore my functionality but upon consuting with the plastic surgeon, he expressed his reluctance for the surgery because of my skin's proneness to keloid and the possibility of it recurring after the surgery. I started using a balm I bought from an ayurvedic dr in which I've been using since October 2012 but so far have not notice any improvement only more pains & discomfort from using the balm. Pls help me before I lose my mind, my life has since come to a standstill.

i will appreciate if you can take time to read my mail and proffer solution.

thanks.Taiyelolu."

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02/22/2013: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Teegurl... The remedy I would use for keloids is Ted's lugol's iodine and DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide) in a 50 - 50 mix. Apply this twice a day to the keloid area. The DMSO helps the iodine to efficiently penetrate deep into the sub-epidermal layers which is where iodine does its best work by helping to regenerate new skin while pushing off the old keloid scar. DMSO is also useful for the skin. Your pain or inflammation problem may well also be caused by pathogens -- this is where lugol's iodine is also highly useful -- because it kills most pathogens in less than one minute.

After topical application of the DMSO/LI mix it would also be useful to apply aloe vera oil afterwards -- this will help heal the skin too. If you have difficulty finding lugols iodine then potassium iodide is fine to use as SSKI (Saturated Solution of Potassium Iodide).

For more options see these EC links on Keloid Scar Remedies:

Keloid Scar Remedies

Teds Keloid Scar Questions"

03/16/2013: Teegurl from Bangalore, India replies: "Thanks Bill, will definitely try your suggestion, but pls any idea how I can get the DMSO, and is that the common name?. Also if I have to apply the solution on the keloid area that will mean my entire upper region, my keloids are extensive spreading across my chest, neck and shoulders, both neck &chest are fixed together by a long stretch of skin. Please, I would like to know if the solution can be applied with a cotton wool. Thanks."
04/26/2013: Alex from US replies: "Hello! Have you heard of this place in India? http://www.padanjaly.com/keloids-scars-treatment.htm

I have had keloids on my jawline, chest, and shoulders now for 5 years. I Have had countless painful cortisone injections, an even had surgery on my neck. I have ordered the cream from that site, but I think going to the doctor there will help a lot more. I tried the ACV last night, mixed with organic wheat grass, and I do see the results! I have been mixing it with notoginseng for about a month, which has made my keloids shrink, as well as become lighter. So far, the ACV has worked the best! I wish you the best!!"

05/14/2013: Geiac from Las Pinas City replies: "Bill, where can I get SSKI or Lugol's in Manila? Most pharmacies don't carry SSKI"

Massage, Essential Oils, Turpentine

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[YEA]  07/05/2014: Alexa from Los Angeles, Ca: "Home Remedy for Keloids:

I wish I had a before and after photo. They were SOOOO Big and painful and itched so bad. After about six months this is what I have found to work.

Massage. If I take a glass bottle and massage them for about 5 minutes they are noticably smaller. Then I take Lavender and or Frankincense essential oil and pour directly on it. I also take a body brush and brush it daily for a few weeks. They stay pretty flat. I was amazed at how well it worked after the first application. I only do it a few times a week.

I ran out of oil waiting for it in the mail and I tried turpentine instead and it stings in one area but it's flatter and smaller like a dent in it after about 2 minutes. Like it was burned away. So essential oils Lavender, Frankincense and Turpentine seem to be effective. Also a friend share that if you use lavender there is no scarring and sure enough one scabbed over and is back to normal one the scab fell off.

I would also like to mention that where I picked the scab in the first place created Keloids, where I didn't pick the scabs and let them heal or didn't let the water wash the scab away the skin looks normal. So I know now what to do! Don't pick the scab and cover with Lavender."

Multiple Remedies

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BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1)
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[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  09/25/2013: Jeon from Dubai: "i tried the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste but I noticed that my keloid got burned and it is so painful. So I replaced it with tea tree oil now and ingesting Apple Cider Vinegar with 1/4 tbs of honey.. Now it is getting flattened but the color is much darker than before so what will be the remedy to lighten the skin color?"

Myrrh Tincture

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YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  10/22/2009: Fletcher from Culver City, Ca.: "Keloid Growths

Periodically, I get small, viral bumps on my neck that appear to be made worse from shaving with a razor. Some of these bumps develop into small, keloid-type growths. Over a period of years, and by trial and error, I have found tincture of myrhh to be very effective in getting rid of the bumps. Also, tea tree oil appears to be somewhat effective, but not as effective as myrhh. Note that the myrhh needs to be in tincture form. Myrhh oil does not work as well. Put the tincture directly on the bumps. They will dry up in a week or so."

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12/01/2009: Sherry from Vancouver, Bc Canada replies: "Thank you for sharing! Can you please tell me where can I buy Myrrh Tincture? Sherry"

EC: Here's a place to start: http://www.google.com/products?q=MYRRH+TINCTURE&hl=en&aq=f

01/08/2010: Avis from Allentown, Pa, Usa replies: "Hello,

I was wondering if you could tell me how much of this stuff did you use on the Keloid scars. Are these drops or dried leaves? Thank you!!"

Nivea Co Q10 Daytime Wrinkle Defense Cream

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YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  01/29/2007: Sandha : "Previously I wrote saying what remedies had failed on a second "keloid" I had on my eyebrow. It behaved like a keloid in the sense that it was growing when it got hit or irritated. The head nurse had agreed it was a keloid. Just recently another medical person said it was not a keloid but a sebaceous cyst. NO WOMDER ALL THE KELOID FORMULAS DID NOT WORK. PLEASE REINSTATE THE FORMULAS i SAID DID NOT WORK. They probably do work on keloids but not on sebaceous cysts."

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Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The formation appears to be localized microbes/parasites and the reason why the other brand you mentioned work so well appears likely to be the cosmetic preservative used in the cream and not the CoQ10. Since I have no detailed information it is hard to guess.

A wet paste made of baking soda and borax (50/50) should help. If not you may need to modify the solution to include the hydrogen peroxide 1% as the wet paste solution. It will cause drying, but not much since the locale is Hawaii, but can be quite drying in colder climates.

If the issue is a fungus then a coconut oil and some tea tree mixed applied to the keloid should help, and I am sure you can find that easily.

The other thing that I found really help in prevention of them is the need to take seriously getting the body to alkaline, taking more than the usual dose at 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per 1/2 glass of water taken at two times per day, one in morning and one before bedtime on empty stomach.

Natural sea salt is alkaline forming, so add this 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water to the drinking water will help further alkalinize the body.

If nothing works then add 1/4 teaspoon of food grade or USP grade borax to 1 liter of drinking water but I take it often 3 days out of 7 if I do have this problem and nothing seems to work. Borax is quite strong against parasites, which currently scientist haven't really gotten around to looking at this issue.

Oily foods and sweet foods often makes keloid worse, so it is necessary to avoid oily foods, sweet foods and all bread and white flour products. Eat non white flour should help while obviously avoiding other obvious bad habits of smoking, drinking, etc. should help. "

[YEA]  Sandhya from Makawao, Hawaii: "Nivea CO Q10 DAYTIME wrinkle defense cream healed a red, raised, growing, 6 month old keloid above the lip which was about 1/2 long. It was caused from removing deep skin cancer with a formula of blood root.

I discovered it by accident. I was using the solution for the co q 10 cream on my face when I noticed 2 weeks later that the keloid was shrinking and less red. It took about 6 weeks total for the keloid to die totally and I have never been bothered there since. I later tried Nivea's EVENING co q 10 wrinkle creme for another kind of keloid on and below the end of my eyebrow. The EVENING creme did not work though it had similar ingredients. This keloid seemed different from the other and was caused by several accidental injuries to the same place over several months. Every time it would grow bigger after hitting it against the bone and really hurt. Now keloid is protruding so it is always getting irritated and growing. I can feel a root system under keloid or so it seems. Keloid protrudes and looks like a hard big garbanzo bean. I tried aloe, co q 10 in bee cream. rose hip oil, fried onions in bee cream, quercitin in cream thus far to no avail. I am very fair and of Icelandic / Irish / English descent and 55 years old. I wondered where these keloids came from as I usually have very good scar healing. I have many scars from a car accident and operation and none have keloided. Any suggestions as to why it is happening on my face but not my body? Are there different kind of keloids? Iwill try some of your suggestions I have just read and trust they will work. "

Potash, Honey, Palm, Aloe, Lime

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BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
100%

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  08/26/2008: Andrew from Lagos, Nigeria: "I want to say thanks for all comments. My mum has a keloid on her chest and she has been looking for a cure for some time now.I read about a remedy that could work. She is currently using it and i am yet to get a feedback.
A mixture of grinded potash, 2 table spoon of pure honey, some palm kernel oil, Aloe vera gel and 10 lime juice extract. Press the affected area with hot water before applying the mixture in the morning and evening for one month."

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01/20/2013: Sajeev from Rye, New York replies: "Hi. How are you? Did this mixture work to cure your mom of the keloid? Thanks."

Potassium Iodide (SSKI) and DMSO

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YEA (1)
100%

10/01/2008: Earth Clinic : "From the following site:

http://www.tahoma-clinic.com/iodide.shtml

"Keloids" are abnormally thick scars, sometimes as much as an inch thick, that can form after injury. Although anyone can get a keloid, they're more common among blacks than other ethnic groups. Rubbing SSKI into a keloid at least twice daily will ultimately flatten them down to a "normal scar", but it can take many months to a year for particularly bad ones. The treatment goes faster if SSKI is mixed "50-50" with DMSO."

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[YEA]  06/14/2010: Anonymous from Melbourne, Fl replies: "Last summer I had surgery on a 3-4 yr. old chest keloid that was becoming extremely problematic because it was grown a significant amount. I opted for a simple removal followed up with steroid injections every 6 weeks without radiation. I read this site prior to removal, and thus prepared myself by buying several remedies mentioned on this site (a little expensive, but I was ready to invest to prevent further problems with a developing keloid).

I completely stopped eating sugars (sweets, fruits, etc.), breads, acidic foods (tomatoes, citrus, etc.), raw onions/garlic, and began drinking a whey protein shake every day. I did get a keloid on the stitch site after surgery, which was expected. However, I was extremely surprised by how quickly the wound healed! A little over 2 weeks later, my wound was completely healed, although still tender. My wounds have always taken a very long time to heal. I think the protein was largely responsible for the prompt response, as I probably am on a low protein diet as a vegetarian. My diet was extremely important for how well it healed. The moment I would eat even a little bit of onion or sugars, I had a very uncomfortable sensation in my keloid, and after months of surveillance I can say that whenever I ate these foods and had these sensations, my keloid would grow. I reincorporated breads, acidic foods, and sugars slowly back into my diet after a little over month, but still stayed away from onions/garlic. I tried eating apricot seeds and some kind of oil in pill form (can't remember which type), but I would get incredibly nauseaus everytime I ate them, so I had to stop after a few days.

Topically, I alternated every other day with DMSO and Iodine (50/50 each, 1-2x daily) and silicone sheets once the wound healed. I swear by this! It was incredibly in keeping my keloid soft! The smell was a little off-putting, but it went away once the application dried. Whenever I would take a break from using it, I could tell my keloid would start to harden. However, the applying it again would immediately help! I was pretty diligent about applying it everyday, but I stopped after about 3 weeks because I was afraid the constant aggravation would make the keloid worse. However, while I did use it, the keloid did slowly shrink and stay soft. I really do believe if I had continued using the Iodine and DMSO, my keloid would have been completely removed. It has been a year now, and I only have a small dot of a keloid left. I have been getting small doses of steroid injections every 6-8 weeks since. Although the steroid injections are extremely effective, I think it is important to use a natural remedy in conjuction to keep the steroid injections at a minimum. The injections have caused a slight skin discoloration and made the scar area a bit larger (because the raised skin has flattened out). There is also the potential for a depression to be formed in the skin if the doctor uses the injections haphazardly (which is why I opted for a plastic surgeon to watch the growth of my keloid - I am very cautious about my skin because of its tendency to form keloids). I still don't eat raw onions/garlic because I still have tingling sensations when I eat them and can tell my keloid grows."

Pressure

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YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  05/08/2008: Terry from Port Gibson, MS: "I got my first keloid at the age of 13. I thought it was a pimple and "popped" it. It grew larger. I had it removed and then it came back and I got new keloids from where the stitches were placed. I endured years of painful steriod injections because it kept growing. My dermotologist told me that once I got old and lost elasticity of the skin, it would stop growing and go away. I'm 43 and it's gone. I still develop keloids though not as bad. One piece of advice I can give is that pressure does help reduce the growth of keloids. I had major back surgery at 15. I had to wear a body cast for 6 months. The only place I developed a keloid was about a half inch at the top where the cast did not meet the skin. Also, my OB-GYN said, after my second c-section that I scarred as badly inside as I did outside. He had to cut very deeply and wide to get the keloid out of his way to deliver my daughter. I worry about my children having this problem. Does anyone know if this is an inherited condition? Thanks you."

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12/14/2011: Anupriya from Bangalore, India replies: "Hi, My sister has gone through a fire accident 1 yrs ago. Later after 4 months a huge keloid(15x10 cms) has developed over her jawline. Can u plz help us in this regard. What procedures to be followed and which might work best for her.

Regards, Anupriya"


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