Scar Remedies: Natural Scar Removal Treatments

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06/25/2012: Oldriska from Prague, Czech Republic: "Hi, could anyone please suggest what treatment I could use for severe scars on my gums (caused by multiple surgeries). Ideally something with a numbing effect as I have nerve damage there, but any other suggestions are welcome as well. I would like to start massaging the scars - my gums are a bit deformed because of them, but also I feel it could help to subside the pain that I feel in that area. Many thanks."

06/26/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Oldriska, Two things come to mind immediately for scarring- MSM and vitamin E. My mom, when growing up would always have us use vitamin E on our skin for prevention and reduction of scars. She had learned that from Adele Davis who, at that time was at the leading edge of nutrition and natural living.

The other, MSM, I discovered after using it originally for muscle pain on my dad's recommendation. This was 17 years ago, well ahead of anything really known about it, yet. What I would notice is that a long- standing scar on my foot from surgery disappeared! Now, I can't say it was overnight because it wasn't something I set out to do. It was just that one day, after taking msm on a regular basis for my muscle pain, I noticed the numbness and the scar were gone! My interest was piqued at this point and I began to do research on msm and its benefits and sure enough, it is good for eliminating scars! I was ingesting it since in those days, it was only available in pill/ powder form. When I told my dad this, he started adding it to lotion and applying it topically to his skin for age spots and it was working! Now, of course it is available in all sorts of forms.

Sorry to hear that your gums give you so much pain. Pain is never fun. Anyway, I hope this information helps, Lisa"

06/27/2012: Oldriska from Prague, Czech Republic replies: "Hi Lisa, Thank you so much, you're a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all sorts of cures. You'd be surprised, but little is known about MSM in my country, I had to google it as I wasn't familiar with it myself, and it's just fitness shops that sell it in its pure form and they only sell it by kilos! It seems like a good remedy for many a condition, so I feel it would be worth trying out. Regarding vitamin E, I found some creams that contain about 2% of it, but I'm not sure if I'd be comfortable using them internally on my gums (they'd probably taste awful:)). Maybe I'll look up some foods that contain a lot of vitamin E, make a mash and use that instead. I'm thinking maybe certain oils have a high content of the E vitamin so perhaps I could use some of them!

Once again thanks, you're very helpful!


06/28/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, USA replies: "Oldriska, I sometimes simply take a 400IU liquid soft-gel of Vit-E (mixed tocopherols), place it in my mouth and bust it between my teeth and let the oil cover my entire gums. The E also covers the entire throat and also deeper in the Thyroid and Thymus glands (what i'm usually seeking). I also bust Vit-A soft-gels in my mouth periodically to strengthen gums and glands.

Try and find MSM in bulk powder for money savings as opposed to capsules; as it mixes well in fruit-juice. You could swish it around your mouth prior to swallowing for healing benefits.

As for scarring, Nattokinase and Serrapeptase systemic enzymes break down the fibrin tissues which allows for better healing of normal tissue.

Hope this helps."

06/28/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Oldriska, Yes, MSM is an amazing supplement. I recommend it to all my dancers for its healing qualities and reduction of swelling and inflammation. It can be used for all sorts of ailments and is related to DMSO. It would be best to buy it in bulk form as it is quite expensive in capsules and I think it is more effective in powder form since the body doesn't have to break down the pill or capsule. It can help reduce pain so you may even affect your pain from your trigeminal neuralgia. I believe that MSM is a very safe supplement but always starting at a low dosage and then building is just safe practice.

As for the vitamin E, I would just ingest the capsules as they can help a host of issues as well, in your body. Then it will affect your scars and other benefits will occur too since it's good for your skin, your brain and so much more, too numerous to go through. Anyway, then you won't have to taste it, if it seems too much to deal with.

Hope you are doing better! Keep us posted on your experiences. Best to you, Lisa"

[YEA]  02/21/2014: Hermiticwonderer from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hello!

Great suggestions :D

Just to add -

I had pericoronitis not that long ago from a ruptured and infected wisdom tooth. I had inflamed gums and scar tissue all in the back right bottom of my mouth and my cheek & it was very painful.

I used a mixture of aloe vera and cayenne pepper on my gum throughout the day and also used lavender oil on my cheek and inside on my gum. The inflammation went down immediately due to the lavender. The aloe vera soothed my gums and the cayenne brought down the swelling and flattened out my gums again - this took about 3 days but it did come back a week later & I did it all over again and it went away - I think the key is persistence!

I noticed too that if I keep up a daily regiment of: brushing gum down to tooth with soft brush + natural toothpaste, gargle with sea salt water (this really helps the pain), gargle with hydrogen peroxide (also really helps the pain), gargle with oil (oil pulling - I use pomegranate seed oil as it has a lot of gum health benefits); then my gums stay healthy and are less likely to become inflamed again.

Good oils for pain: Plai Oil, Organic Juniper Berry, Sage, Organic Peppermint, Organic Pink Grapefruit, Organic Rosemary

**You can create a blend of the above oils and apply daily to the side of the jaw cheek area. It is good to put your essential oil blend into a vegetable oil base (almond oil, apricot kernel oil, hemp oil, jojoba oil, etc.) if you have any skin sensitivity."

04/16/2012: Checkus from Toronto, Ontario: "I have a large red hypertrophic scar on the dome of my head. I have had it for the last 10 years or so. It came from using s-curl perm. It is the worst thing as it constantly gets infected and spreads. I have had 2 surgeries and the scar returned. The hardest thing about this scar is that I can't see it myself. People just usually ask me about it. What can I do to treat this?"

04/16/2012: Janet from Kendal, U.k replies: "Hi, I have been reading some very interesting stuff lately on the use of Iodine. This might be worth researching for yourself. Garlic and Tumeric also have great healing properties. Good Luck .:)"

12/06/2011: Jhonny from Kathmandu, Nepal: "Two weeks back, I fell from my bike and sustained injuries due to scratch on my face. The scratches were very minor at that time but the scars are quite visible now. I am applying a gel named Mederma now but I'm very much worried how long will the scratch remain and does it disappear completely or to what extent? my complexion is white. I would be very grateful to find a solution."

10/19/2011: Ashley from Bellevue, Washington: "I have a scar on my face, made by a syringe. Right when I was born, the doctor took me out and accidentaly dropped it on me.... Scars we get when we are young rarely heal so I was wondering if you guys knew a remedy or an ointment. My sister also hurt herself by accident when she was one and she still has a scar on her hand. Most of the ointments work on scars that can be repaired, but on mine, none work because skin isn't that elastic when we are small and won't grow back the same way... I would do anything for a solution! Please help!"

10/22/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Ashley, It may be worth looking into serrapeptase as it appears to be used for keloid scars with some success. I have seen quite good results with someone who has abdominal surgery scars (30 yr old scars) best described as hypertrophic not keloid. They are not gone but greatly reduced. Their large smallpox scar is also almost not sightable, this scar was atrophic by nature. All this to say not sure which form your scar takes but serrapeptase may help lessen it. I remember seeing a post here where someone had success with applying ACV. Although I imagine you have tried most of these remedies.

If you do find something that works please let us know. I am still trying to find out if serrapeptase can be taken by someone who has had an hernia repair with the mesh left in as pat of the repair so if someone knows or has some thoughts I would love to know. All the best."

10/23/2011: Gail from Branson, Missouri, Usa replies: "I would try coconut oil. I use it for many things, but it has been lessening my 9 year old stretch marks from having my son. If you read on here about coconut oil, you will see there is a section on scar healing etc... From my experience it works well. Good Luck!"
12/03/2011: Cindy from Toledo, Ohio replies: "How much serrapeptase do you take? What is the dosage? I have ureteral scarring from kidney stones---do you you know if serrapeptase would help? Thank you.


07/19/2011: Antoniette from Harrison, New York: "I've had numerous nasal reconstructions and have horrific scar tissue in my nose. What can you recommend to decrease scar tissue?"

07/19/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I have a book where the author talks about very good results with vitamin E for scars. She used to be a nurse.... I tried on a scar on my hand but I didn't see much improvement. I have a wide, flat one, maybe if they are kelloid scars you see more changes. Mine doesn't bother me, I just tried out of curiosity. I have had it for most of my life and no one even notices it although it is not that small. Maybe you can try to massage vitamin oil on them a few times a day?"
07/24/2011: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "I know that msm can decrease scar tissue. You can take it in powder form internally or use it as a cream on the skin over the scar tissue. I know extensive use of it eliminated scar tissue for myself. It won't happen overnight though! Hope this helps."

01/23/2011: Tom from Regina, Sk: "KAY:

I assume he did not have a total prostatectomy, but only a partial?

First quick answer, with simple cheap baking soda/blackstrap/ protocol on his site. He had an aggressive Stage IV. Humans are highly individualized, however. Can be started on within 24 hours:

Now a longer possible remedy and explanation:

First off, don't get too hung up or panicked on any PSA test results! They are less than useless, and downright dangerous to be used in guiding any medical treatment, and that's coming from the discoverer himself in this 2010 op-ed piece. And it's only been available since 1994 anyway, so obviously they did without it before recently.
Next, if you have time before any medical intervention, (a month or 2 at least), then find some good short books on "natural prostate health" whose advice can be put to use right away.

But which ones? Many very good books are not to be found on Amazon, B&N, etc. since they are either long out of print, or available only in the non-rugged flimsy cheapest "pulp fiction" format, etc. Granted, some books though unavailable directly on Amazon, etc. are linked to "available here" places or people, but usually at prohibitive prices.

So, how to find them? There are many direct websites, meaning not using a generic search engine, which will locate a classic name/author that seems to have disappeared.

Here's one very good one:

Put in "natural prostate cure" into the search box on that site, and you get this URL listing returning search result of all books all resellers with that in the title:

But which book(s) to buy, and what info is in each and how long does it take anything in them recommended to work or try?

It turns out that the contents of the first book returned, by Roger Mason, can be summed up in ONE sentence:

"any supplement other than beta-sitosterol for prostate problems is just a waste of money, especially including all those claiming XX% fatty acids from saw palmetto, etc."

BTW, the book number is ISBN 1-884820-61-1

A most important supplement to take is beta-sitosterol. The prescription herbal extracts used by doctors in Europe are all standardized for beta-sitosterol content. These are taken from herbs like saw palmetto and Pygeum africanum, instead of inexpensive sources such as sugar cane pulp and soybeans. They are therefore weak and expensive costing about $50 U.S. For 30 mg tablets. Harzol, for example, contains only 30mg, and Azuprostat is the strongest at 120mg. It is recommended you take a full 300mg of beta-sitosterol a day. The studies on beta-sitosterol are listed in Chapter 5: Science and Beta-sitosterol. It should be emphasized that American herbals products such as saw palmetto, Pygeum, nettles, stargrass, etc. Contain almost no beta-sitosterol - which is the active ingredient - and are thereforeof no value. Read the label to prove this to yourself, as beta-sitosterol will not be listed. There are no other active ingredients, and the fatty acids have no medicinal value.

Strangely, he does blame animal fats and saturated fats for the problem, when saturated fats have clearly been shown to have no correlation whatsoever to cholesterol levels, nor to any disease in modern times! (Beta-sitosterol is a plant sterol, chemically analogous to animal cholesterol, and thus competes in the body for binding sites on cell membranes, thus reducing uptake. But that cannot explain how/why it acts on the prostate so specifically. )

And he recommends up front that men follow their prostate and PAP (prostate acid phosphatase) numbers, when in 2000 the PSA test had been available for only 6 years, and couldn't have built up any clear trend of efficacy! So he does have blind spots."

01/22/2011: Kay from Jacksonville, Fla: "My husband had Prostate Surgery after diagnosed with Cancer. This has been 6 yrs ago. He works and is on his feet all day so healing was slower than most. He is in his early 60's and since the surgery scar tissue accumulated and he had to be hospitalized 2 yrs ago to remove the scar tissue which of course caused extreme incontinence.

Now 2 yrs later he doesn't sleep well as he has to get up several times a night. We believe the scar tissue has once again grown back causing him not to be able urinate completely when he does. The urologist warned him that he may have to have the surgery again. I don't know if there are any natural remedies which could help him urinate more freely without having to go under the "knife again". There may not be. He has been drinking Oil of Oregano(3 drops) in a glass of water everyday which keeps him healthy, but apparently doesn't help this issue."

09/13/2010: Frank from Windsor, Ontario, Canada: "You guys have the best health site on the planet. I was wondering though as there doesn't appear to be much information on scars. Do you have any recommendations? I removed some moles via some black salve stuff and now want to get rid of the remaining scars? I'd be interested in stretch marks too but there is a little bit on those."

02/03/2010: Carol from Bennington, Vermont, U S A: "Healing OLD burn scars

I have a question that I can't seem to find an answer to. I have old scars and have tried every single thing I could find through the years. I can't use herbal stuff w/o side effects I can't deal with. I've tried camphor oil, lemon juice, collegen, elastin, coco butter, many, many herbal things, vit.c serum, coconut oil, olive oil, other oils, silicone sheets, (which DID help SOME) much much more but nothing seems to soften and fade them. What is anyones suggestion to my dilemma? I know there IS a remedy for this and won't give up my travels to find out. Is it Tea Tree Oil? Apple Cider Vinegar? Honey? Lavender Oil? Lemon Juice? Some mixture of these? Please I can't use herbal stuff, it doesn't agree with me. I end up sick. Things I've read today seem to be in the direction of apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil. Can you give me some ideas? Something that works? I have 3/4th of my back with burn scars and have several keloid scars on it. Most of it needs to be softened, loosened and faded. A massage therapist said pinch therapy and I have done that in the past, which is probably why it looks as good as it does. I just really want to get this done...... Is it honey, vinegar, tea tree oil or what? Any help in this would be fab. Thanks either way! God bless everyone who reads this and the other suggestions as they are very helpful and natural, not all herbs that some are allergic to as I am. I am allergic to trees, some plants and sensitive to so many herbs."

02/03/2010: Lita209 from Sanford, Fl, Usa replies: "Carol, have you tried aloe vera gel from the plant??"
12/02/2010: Maybach from Jonesville, Ca replies: "Hi carol! I just stumbled across this site and saw your question about your scar. I have had a accident many years ago which I was kidanpped and stabbed 18 times. I have many scars which most have faded enough or are hidden by clothes or inside of arms etc. Howoever I had a huge one across my chest that bothers me most and have had numerous surgeries and procedures to "camoflauge" it as much as possible. I have found good results but one thing that I had done over 12 times was dermabrasion to smooth my keloid like raised scar. I still have a smooth but better scar so I discovered a natural oil called emu oil I researched and found a good brand and company and used that and now people say it looks great compared to many years ago looking like a warm. You may want to try it as it is not expensive and works well especially with what I was left to live with. I hope this finds you some comfort and luck. Best wishes"

12/09/2009: Erniepen from Franklin, Nj: "deep face scar - had an accident deep scar 4 above eye and 5 inches below looks bad 6 internal stiches 37 external, what can i do to reduce it?"

12/10/2009: Kerry from Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada replies: "Vitamin E applied to a cut will help it heal quickly and reduce the amount of scarring. Use a 400 IU capsule and apply the oil a couple of times a day every day. You can even use Vit. E to reduce old scars."
12/10/2009: Sandy (sandhya) from Bangalore, India replies: "apply coconut oil. If your scar is new, it will help immensely."
12/10/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA replies: "Erniepen, You can take msm internally. This can definitely help reduce it. Also, juicing will renew tissue quickly all over the body. It has been 2 months since my husband and I began first with the mini beet protocol and then onto juicing and wow! has our skin changed. All melasma on my face is gone and damage on my arm from the sun in Hawaii from 3 years ago is gone as well. Hope this helps, Lisa"
12/10/2009: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, USA replies: "It help to have more information,,,like when did it happen, is the area healed or still got stitches. If the area is healed applying vitamin E oil helps. Merryanne from FL"

10/27/2009: Stephanie from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: "Scars from Boils

I have been getting Boils since I can remember. I have all of these horriable scars left behind from them on my buttocks and on legs. Does anyone have any recommendations on what I can use to help with all of the scars? Desperate!!"

Scar Remedies

10/13/2010: Soph from Los Angeles, Ca: "After facial surgery on my nose I had scar tissue build up and the doctor did a number of steroid shots. However I still had scar tissue build-up so I did some research and came up with this process. I decided when I take my evening shower I would remove my make up and very carefully put castor oil on my nose and let the steam from the shower to help the oil penetrate deeper into my skin tissue, and I just leave the oil on my nose overnight. When I awake I take my morning shower and I put on surgical glove and very carefully apply 50% tea tree oil and 50 % lavender oil on my nose and slowly massage it in, while I'm still in the warm steamy shower and I allow my face to drip dry once I'm out of the shower. Please be very careful not to let this mixture ever get in your eyes. I have been super duper careful... Zero problems Anyhow, I'm seeing dramatic results in three months the scar tissue has dissolved a lot truly amazing and I'm seeing a finer definition to the area. I hope this information helps someone else!"

06/25/2008: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore: "Ingredients: pure honey
Instructions: The best remedy for scars is honey. It works very well. You rub it on the scar many times during the day for some days, and you'll see. It leaves no mark.


Linda used 100% Pure Olive Oil on her scar from having a C-Section and it worked great! It's almost as if it wasn't ever there. Just rub it on your scar 2-3 times a day. Works great!

Peanut oil is effective on scar. It is especially useful for scar suffered by diabetes patients.

Edgar Cayce formula for removal of severe burn scars.
Camphorated oil, 2 ounces
Lanolin, dissolved, 1/2 teaspoon
Peanut oil, 1 ounce

Olive oil and coconut oil are effective for stretch marks."

06/26/2008: Marea from Dallas, Texas replies: "This message is for TAN KONG PENG. from SINGAPORE:
Dear Tan Kong Peng, I appreciate the time you spend writing. I have been enjoying your emails on nutritional treatment and prevention for various ailments. While supplementation might be needed in severe cases of diseases caused by vitamin/mineral deficiencies, your approach to treating illness with natural foods that nourish the body with their natural vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals,etc, is very much appreciated. Since I am very natural-oriented, I would much rather eat the foods (preferably raw, or minimally processed and organic) than spend money on twenty different supplements! For those of us who are interested in natural foods and healing herbs, please keep the emails coming.

Would you or anyone in our beautiful family of Earthclinic members know of a good recipe for a natural food based electrolyte drink? My son is an athlete who perspires profusely during games. I would like to use things like Apple Cider Vinegar, and bananas for potassium, lemon for its rich mineral content, honey for its natural hydrogen peroxide oxygenating property and energy boosting, blackstrap molasses, sea salt, and/or any other food sources of minerals. How can any of above be used in a good mix (and how much of each) to prepare a perfectly balanced energy drink with all necesarry electrolytes? I don't want to buy commercial sports drinks full of sugar, so I would greatly appreciate anyone's input. Thank you much! Marea"

EC: This is a great question for Ted. We will forward it to him!

06/27/2008: Marea from Dallas, Texas replies: "Thank you, EARTHCLINIC! I will be looking forward to a response. Thank you also for this wonderful website, and your dedicated staff - I appreciate the great job you are doing. Marea"
09/02/2008: Tami from Greenville, S.C. replies: "In response to Marea, who asks about a sports energy drink for her son

06/26/2008: Marea from Dallas, Texas writes: "...Would you or anyone in our beautiful family of Earthclinic members know of a good recipe for a natural food based electrolyte drink? My son is an athlete who perspires profusely during games. I would like to use things like Apple Cider Vinegar, and bananas for potassium, lemon for its rich mineral content, honey for its natural hydrogen peroxide oxygenating property and energy boosting, blackstrap molasses, sea salt, and/or any other food sources of minerals. How can any of above be used in a good mix (and how much of each) to prepare a perfectly balanced energy drink with all necesarry electrolytes? I don't want to buy commercial sports drinks full of sugar, so I would greatly appreciate anyone's input. Thank you much! Marea"

I have this suggestion. Coconut water. This is a natural, highly nutritive substance which I feel will meet your son's needs quite nicely. It is, quite possibly, the perfect after sports beverage. It is easy to come by providing you can secure a coconut, hammer, and screwdriver. Enjoy."

04/20/2009: Toya from Bronx, NY replies: "I have a dark scar on my lower leg from a bad MRSA skin infection in November. It's a large purplish circle with a darker, indented one inside (where the MRSA had made a bullet-wound sized hole). It's pretty ugly. Any ideas on how to fade it?"
04/21/2009: Dorothy from Oz, KS replies: "MSM is supposed to help heal scars and many other ailments. you have to start out with low dosages and work your way up to higher dosages. Good news, it is inexpensive!

wishing you well!"
04/21/2009: Jessiie from Chicago, Il replies: "What is pure honey?You mean raw honey because all honeyis labeled pure honey."

Scar Tissue Remedies

05/21/2013: Rose from Hannibal, Ny: "I went to my rhuematologist and he said I have arthritis scar tissue in my left hand. I had thought it was lipoma as it was a lump in my palm. Any suggestions on how to shrink it??"

05/22/2013: Trudyg from Xxx, Yyy replies: "You could try serrapeptase--it's an enzyme that digests tissue such as scars."

Vitamin E

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Vitamin E Treatment for Scars

Natural Remedy Ingredients:

  • Vitamin E Oil

Vigorously massage Vitamin E oil into any scar tissue several times a day. This massage and antioxidant therapy can slowly but very effectively restore the skin to its original condition.

[YEA]  04/03/2009: Denise from Soperton, Georgia: "To help fade the scars try Vitamin E Oil. I had very bad scars on the tops of my feet from an accident. After three years the scars were still very red, tender, and itched. I would cover the tops of my feet with the oil every night after I had washed them. After covering my feet with the oil I would put a large band aid on top of my feet to keep the oil from making a mess and keep it on my feet. I did this a couple of months and the scars faded, and was no longer tender or red. The scares are 80 to 90% better. My scars were very deep. Third degree burns. Yes, you can still see a little bit of the scar on my left foot, which was the worst. But the right foot you would never know that I had had a very bad scar there."

07/15/2009: Stacy from Atl, Ga replies: "Is there any particular type of Vitamin E oil that you used? I have bad scarring on my stomach from ezcema and I'm looking for any type (of natural) relief. Thx!"
[YEA]  09/20/2011: Erika from Oakland, Ca replies: "Vitamin E is wonderful for scars! I had a bike accident and got road rash on my right arm, above the elbow. I went to urgent care to get it cleaned properly, and followed their directions for wound healing, but as SOON as it was all new skin (nothing open) I began applying Vitamin E oil. I found it in a small bottle at the expensive grocery store in the vitamin section.

I rubbed it on the new skin three to four time a day, especially after a shower or bath, and at bedtime. It's been one month since the crash and you can hardly see where the road rash was. I think it's helping with the lumpy painful bone bruise, too.

I also took a LOT of Vit C (4000-5000 mg/day) and I think that helped too."



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