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Apple Cider Vinegar   6  1   

Posted by Jo (SF, CA) on 05/04/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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 ..

Replied by Jennifer
North Bruwswick, New Jersey

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

Replied by Linda
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.
Replied by Sasha
Harare, Zimbabwe
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
Replied by Jo
Sf, Ca

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??

Replied by Michelle
Berkeley, California
[YEA]   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.

Replied by Km
Allegen, Michigan
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@
Replied by Michelle
Berkeley, Usa
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.

Replied by Cay
Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines
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!
Replied by Sphinx
Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines
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!
Replied by Daviegirl
Davie, Florida Usa
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
Replied by John
Overland Park, Ks
[YEA]   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).


They're gone!!!


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.


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

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


For me;

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


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

Replied by Amanda
Columbus, Oh
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

Thank You

Replied by Kass
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.
Replied by Avis2972
Allentown, Pa
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!!
Replied by Komal
Mumbai, India
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.
Replied by Baldev
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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
Replied by Tsering
Shillong, India
Avis2972 Is it potassium Iodide or Iodine and is it for internal use or external? pls let me know soon..thx
Replied by Roosevelt Walker
Auckland Park, Gauteng, South Africa
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!

Replied by Adeleke
Osun State, Nigeria

Hi, I have tiny keloid on my breast its really annoying and itchy. I am in nigeria, osun state to be precise. All d drugs mentioned here can not be found in our store so I retired to aloeve gel natural. so my ques is that how long will it take this keloid to dissapier cos amreally worried. I hv being using d alloe vera for 2weeks now day and nyt. Thanks

Replied by Chichi
Kano, Nigeria
Adeleke You can get them at country mall, 'Health Plus'.
Replied by Chichi
Kano, Nigeria
Hi Adeleke, error in the first response please. I mean you can get all that has been mentioned( tea tree oil, tylenol, Acv, Lavender oil etc) at 'Shop Rite' there is a shop in there called 'Health Plus' they have all that. You will find them anywhere you find Shop rite: Kano , Lagos, Abuja, Enugu etc. I am presently using Tea Tree oil and Lavender oil. It is improving.

Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide   0  1   

Posted by Kt (Ca) on 10/06/2013

[NAY]  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.

Replied by Kt
Any suggestions? Thank you.
Replied by Emjae
Georgia, US
I found this link while searching for treatments for my daughter. It seems the most effective is Apple Cider Vinegar. Since I have an Aloe plant, Lavender Oil, and other home remedies on hand... I may try more than one. I'll take a picture and keep you posted. (If I can remember :) )

Castor Oil   1  1   

Posted by Mgh (Uk) on 05/29/2015

[YEA]  When I was 4 I had an accident which required 40 stiches in my leg, after it healed a keloid like a huge tongue formed. I had to keep it covered because it made other kids at school burst into tears. This is what my granny told my mum to do and it worked. Every night massage with hot castor oil, that's it. it started slowly shrinking, it was about 6 months before it completely went, but it was enormous, I think smaller ones would probably go quicker. Make sure the oil isn't so hot it burns, but as hot as bearable, the safest way is to heat it in hot water.

Replied by Susan
Castor Oil Packs - I use hot water bottles.

Posted by Salenai (Bratislava, Slovakia) on 02/04/2014

[NAY]  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.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
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.
Replied by Salenai
Bratislava, Slovakia
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.

Replied by Mr. A
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

Replied by Visha
Can you post the results here please....

Detox Diet   0  0   

Posted by Biljana (Beograd, Serbia) on 01/12/2014

Dear friends,

One of the biggest problem of people suffering from keloid and 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 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 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.

Replied by Biljana
Beograd, Serbia
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 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
Replied by Lana
New Zealand
You're right, Biljana, detox is key to immunity . Try to se /read about breathing - Buteyko Method .. it was the greatest discovery of the last cenury for human health ..natural.. that helps to rise O2 (atomar, in blood/cells up to 100%) rapidly. Immunity grows 5-7 times as much in several days: asthmatics stop to have asthma attacks in 4 days (but they have to continue some more weeks to get full recovery, of course). Buteyko Method helps to detox effectively ..and you're right, after a proper detox body can recover using it's own strength! You can find out - if patient enough how to do right breathing exercises (on utube: only one person gives it - Patric McCeown, hope spelling is right) If you'd learn this unique Buteyko method of reduced /diaphragmal breathing - you 'd recover , and - may 'd be able to teach other people (after you recovery - in couple of months takes discipline/patience , but the result.. hope you 'd see it , if you'd decide to check it).. and may be later on even get some more means to survive..Or may be find work abroad..and meanwhile - wish you all the best, friend , cheer up! PS Many thanks to EC!!!

PPS: just couple of more words: Buteyko breathing method works not only for asthma, of course rising detox/immunity to its max, it helps with a long list of health problems..who'd wish to find out : will find more sources/articles/research results ..

Dietary Changes   0  0   

Posted by Sunny (Co.) on 02/13/2014

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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   1  0   

Posted by Helena (Nashvile, Tn) on 05/08/2010

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!

Replied by Sixxftr
Fairfax, Va
@Amanda is OH -- I clicked the link from 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.


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.

Posted by Connie on 11/12/2008

[YEA]  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 :)

Replied by San
Houston, Tx
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.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
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

Replied by Ami
Hello people,

Looking for some help. I have some 20 big keloids on shoulders and chest. These are 12 yrs old now.

I just bought DMSO liquid and lugol iodine(5% iodine and 10% Potassium Iodide). Can someone tell me how to apply these on keloids and how often? Has anyone seen results using this combination?

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Carla (Lakewood, Co) on 03/20/2013

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!

Replied by Ami
Hi .. Thanks for sharing this information. Can you please share your results with ointments used.

Gotu Kola   1  0   

Posted by Joy (Chicago, IL) on 01/17/2007

[YEA]  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   0  0   

Posted by Courtney (Chicago, Illinios) on 04/06/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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   1  0   

Posted by Rose (PA) on 11/25/2006

[YEA]  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   0  0   

Posted by Suresh (New Delhi, India) on 06/27/2009

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  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   2  0   

Posted by Witchnat (London, Uk) on 07/11/2015

[YEA]  I have had keloids since the age of 11. I now have 5 of them and one hypertrophic scar. About a month ago I read about Lugol's iodine and decided to give it a try. I bought 12% solution so I dilute it 50:50 with water. I drench a q-tip in this solution and painted it over my scar (I tried on one of them only to begin with) twice a day. I am happy to report that after 25 years of looking for remedies for keloids, this is the very first one that is working! I was thrilled when after 3 weeks the top skin had dried up and cracked and started peeling off. Underneath it revealed a much softer and less angry smaller scar.

Before that I tried surgery, silicon sheets of various types for months, snail creams, emu oil, injections. While the oil and creams didn't affect the scars, the surgery and injections made them much worse and they were big and itchy and painful when they came back.

Please give iodine a try. On older scars I guess it will take a bit longer as I tried it on a scar that was just over a year old. I will now start to treat all the others and I can't wait to see the results!

Posted by Rad (Vancouver, B.c.) on 03/25/2010

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.

Replied by Avis2972
Allentown, Pa
[YEA]   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!!!!!!! :-)

Replied by Veritas
Philadelphia, Pa, Usa
For Avis, please share with us a few more details about your experience with iodine. What was your condition and treatment protocol? Thank you.

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