Last Modified on Nov 23, 2015
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] 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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[NAY] I have applied Apple Cider Vinegar to my earlobe piercing where my keloid is located it is very small but noticeable. I apply Apple Cider Vinegar undiluted day and night for a 2-3 weeks my ear has scabbed but the keloid seem to be of no reduction in size. My ear has scarred over anda dark and very ugly looking.
Someone help please???
Hi - I just was reading about ACV as a cure for keloid scarring. I had surgery on my chest 4-5 years ago now. I had massive keloids across my whole chest where the pec muscles lay.
They started out fine and over time got really raised and hurt. I ended up going in to get steroid shots. It helped flatten them 95% from what they were. There are a couple tiny spots that are a little bumpy yet, but I am not concerned about that anymore.
My question is, since they are so pink and have been since I had surgery, would ACV help bring that pinkness down to a more natural skin tone? Or does anyone have any suggestions to make the color fade? I just want to be able to walk around without my shirt on outside, and it's killing me that these scars are so prominent that I am going to get nothing but stares, whispers and points from people.
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Hello, For the past 2 weeks I've been looking for help to get rid of multiple keloids on my ears due to piercing. I specially want to get rid of one that is the size of a pea, it's really uncomfortable to have it I always have to wear my hair down when I go out so people won't see it. I've had it for over a year in half; at first it started small. I didn't put to much in to it because I had one before and it went away by putting pressure on it using an earring so I thought the same would happen but it didn't. After I let my other piercings close that's when the other keloids appeared. Searching online I found your page and I read others experiences with the apple cider vinegar so I have been trying it for 3 days now. Somehow, the pea sized keloid started at first to turn purple-ish, then it scabbed and I peeled it off. I don't know if I did wrong because some type of pus comes out. I don't know what to do, please help.
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[YEA] I found out about using ACV on keloids from this site. I had a keloid on my chest for about two years now, and its been the worst thing. Ive wanted to get it removed but I've been too scared. I decided to try the ACV and it's officially been 4 days now and it has HONESTLY gotten 50% smaller. It's so much flatter and lighter in color and it looks sooooo much better I can't believe it.
I used a tiny piece of toilet paper (because I don't have cotton balls) and put ACV on it and taped it to my chest. If I had a bandaid I'd prefer that because the tape irritated my skin and I'm sure the irritation was from the ACV being on it. It kind of stings and itches when I have it on, but I iced it and put aloe around my keloid to try ease the burning sensation, which worked. I leave on a piece overnight and just whenever I'm home I try to have it on. I'm so happy it's gone down hopefully it'll nearly disappear in the future :) I highly recommend ACV
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Anybody Tried ACV on Chest Keloids that are 15 years older?
I want to use alternative methods for the treatment of keloid...I tried steroid injections and other ayurvedic treatment...which are not so useful. I believe steroid injections gave me another keloid near the old one....since then I stopped injections...
Before taking some aggressive treatments like Cryotherapy or Radaiation... want to try alternate methods... Please post your experience with alternative treatment for CHEST KELOIDS
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I'm currently using raw apple cider vinegar (actually, it is turmeric vinegar, made the same way as raw ACV but using turmeric root -- it's only available here in India where I'm currently traveling) on my keloids and have experienced the following over the past 5 days:
- burning and itching on the scars when vinegar is applied
- dark scabbing. Some of the scabs have come off, revealing bright pink tissue underneath -- it's still the keloid though, and I'm wondering if it will actually flatten and lighten up with continued application? It's only been 5 days.
I've been putting the vinegar on in 2 ways: (1) made little patches out of a cotton towel and taped them on for longer periods, up to overnight and (2) apply every vinegar few minutes with a cotton swab when I'm not using the patches. The patches keep it on longer, but they're big and inconvenient, and the tape irritates my skin a lot.
Does anyone know if vinegar can actually restore the scar tissue to the texture of normal skin, or does it just flatten it slowly by process of erosion?
I'm also wondering if hydrogen peroxide is a good option, and if anyone has done both at the same time (alternating)? How does the hydrogen peroxide work? The vinegar makes sense to me (like a peel facial! ), but the h/p is confusing.
Greatly appreciate any and all responses! I've had my keloids for 15 - 31 years (almost my whole life) and would love to see change. Thanks!
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[YEA] Apple Cider Vinegar is a GUARANTEED natural cure and a major money saver for all those who suffer from Keloids and Scars... It works for even acne, pimples and dark spots over time. Now, like most topical medications/treatments it takes time, and repeated applications. I was skeptical at first but because I had tried surgery twice plus the needles only to have the 3 keloids on my face near my side jaw area return and even bigger after 6 months without needles. I couldn't afford to keep visiting the dermatologist as the consultation fee alone costed an arm and a leg outside of Canada where I'm from (and I was in China at the time).
On my work vacation, I was dreading seeing my friends and family with the keloids regrown and two new ones starting to grow in the same area as one of the larger keloids, so I researched and searched the web for an answer other than surgery which costed so much. I came upon this forum and read all the comments, testimonials, and decided apple cider vinegar might be the first natural remedy to try as it seemed simple and cheap.
I started treating my Keloids w/ ACV on a cotton pad just before my vacation back in Canada started. And as many said, it peeled the top skin and burned at first. After 3 weeks now, my 3 large (1.5 cm) keloids are almost gone/shrunk (80-85% complete so far) and my skin is more radiant, and I'm decently pleased with my appearance. I will continue using ACV until it completely removes any trace of a scar and yeah, it works.
The best method is to apply pressure to the keloid(s)with the ACV on a cotton pad as much as possible and massage around the keloids every 10-15 mins. and let it dry and reapply. I slept with the ACV on my keloids as it burned the top keloid layer in the first two weeks. It was tough, it smelled bad/sour, but it was worth it. Now I know why Dr's/skin specialists say there's no cure... the $$$ they can make, over and over. I'd spent over $1000 getting the keloids treated before trying ACV and then when ready to give up on my face and cave in to a life of surgeries I got lucky w/ the helpful info/testimonials on THIS site.
If you can handle the sour, pungent smell, and have time, try it, give it a month to shrink, have patience regarding the process. The stinging is a good indication it's working to remove the impurities in the skin and activate the stem cells. Most ppl dilute the ACV w water (which is ok) but I didn't, I took the pain while hoping to get quicker results. Please spread the word, and let's help people regain their confidence, self esteem, and improve overall happiness. Thank you Earth Clinic, and all those individuals who posted before me regarding this natural cure.
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[YEA] 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!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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!!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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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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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[SIDE EFFECTS] 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?
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[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 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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[YEA] 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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