Natural Treatment for Keloid Scars

| Modified on Dec 12, 2023
Sea Kelp Iodine
Posted by KC (USA) on 12/11/2023

Hi All!

I was diagnosed by with a keloid cyst earlier this year and advised by the doctor that the only solution was surgery and/or steroid injections neither of which I was interested in. I had tried all kinds of home remedies including castor oil, hot and cold compresses, apple cider vinegar, various homeopathic creams, and many other recommendations, none of which were of any benefit in my situation. In short, I did my own research and came across Sea Kelp Iodine supplement after realizing that I (like many others) am likely iodine deficient. Within about 3 days of taking the supplement, the cyst was almost completely flat!

Fast-forward approximately two months after, and unfortunately, the bump has become inflamed again. I believe this is due to a significant increase in sugar intake which I normally do not consume which resulted in a loss of effectiveness of the iodine. I have continued to take the iodine supplement daily and am hopeful it will flatten once again.

Despite my cyst having returned, I am confident this supplement is not only great for cysts, but is also imperative for ones overall health. I hope this post helps someone else and perhaps someone can share their experience with curing a cyst such as mine that returned under similar circumstances.

Castor Oil + Tea Tree Oil
Posted by BUTTERFLY (USA) on 11/20/2023


I used 100% organic, hexane free castor oil (in a brown glass bottle) along with 100% pure tea tree oil and covered the keloid with a heat pack (white rice in a tube sock - heated in the microwave) twice daily. It took nearly a month of this consistent regimen for the small keloid on my thigh to disappear. It is possible, friends! :)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 09/11/2023

From my notes:

Put Apple Cider Vinegar solution on keloid for about 5 days where I soaked a cotton with ACV and keep it on my Keloid from the time.

A great home remedy for treating keloids is apple cider vinegar because it helps minimize the size and redness of the scar.

  1. Apply diluted apple cider vinegar to water ratio 1~10 directly on a gauze the affected area so the vinegar is well absorbed into the skin.

  2. Bandage it in place in order to expedite healing.

  3. I've seen this treatment resolve keloids in under one week.

If the apple cider vinegar causes any skin irritation, you can dilute it with water even more.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Linda (Abuja, Nigeria) on 09/11/2023

Hello, I want to ask. Can someone pls recommend a brand of apple cider vinegar and how to apply it specifically. And how often eg morning and night or just over night. If overnight what do I do with the dabbed cotton wool with band aid in the morning? When it starts eating the keloid what do I do leave it open or dab another cotton wool and put on the open wound pls help I have one I operated a year ago and it came back 3 times the previous size behind my ears that was pierced

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Babra (Uganda) on 11/19/2022

Kindly, which ACV brand should I use? Is any brand okay?

Posted by Kry (Nj) on 07/06/2022

My son is 13. 7 months now since dog bite to face and scar is raised. We've been doing scar massage and a pressure treatment but only half good. Some red areas and he's now become more self conscious especially since April 11th when masks were optional at school. I literally just bought the clear iodine at a health food vitamin shop.

For anyone who might know the answer since this post is from 2012: How much do you apply and how often and any other details you may want to share. Thank you.

Posted by Lloyd (U.S.) on 08/03/2021

The soy probably worked because it has nattokinase in it which might break down scar tissue. They also sell it in capsule form. It's mostly used as a natural blood thinner and to dissolve blood clots.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Favour Eyam (Nigeria) on 07/29/2018

I had keloid scar, after I tried piercing my ear, I've used raw ACV for d past 1week I could tell it has done well, I hope it goes n never return forever

Sea Salt
Posted by Pat (Trinidad And Tobago) on 06/18/2018

Try sea salt for keloid scars. I had a huge scar tissue on my finger. Two days and it was gone. No harm is trying it. Grind the sea salt to a fine paste, add little water and put it on the scar or keloid over night. You can use gauze to hold it in place. Few nights and you will see the difference. Hope it works but as I said, no harm in trying.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Maik (Freiburg, Germany ) on 05/24/2018

Hello - I test the ACV at the moment. so u use it, wait until it creates a scrab and gets inflamend and then you let it heal out a bit and put Apple Cider Vinegar on it agian and agian until the keloid is flat enough? My question is ... it is normal that it grow a back a bit in the first few healing processes?

Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 05/05/2018 233 posts

if you still need to make your own garlic oil, quick recipe at bottom of post

Posted by Ecfan99 (Everywhere, Usa) on 04/27/2018

Where would I find a topical garlic ointment? Did you make this or purchase? Thank you.

Posted by Salem (Canada ) on 04/26/2018

I have struggled with keloids for years. They started when I was 14 and I am 28 now. I have them on my shoulders and small ones on my chest. I recently started to use a topical garlic ointment for the past week and noticed they are getting flatter. They are also less itchy. I am going to continue using this process and hopefully they will continue to go down. It's such a struggle dealing with these, it burdens my heart.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Art (California ) on 12/07/2017 2086 posts

In reply to Mkm (India),

Please look into vitamin D as it relates to keloids. Studies are scant at best, but they do seem to suggest that vitamin D may be beneficial. Vitamin D has a very good safety profile and may have other health benefits. Most people are low on serum 25 OH d, so this would be worth discussing with your doctor. In general keloids are known to have relatively low levels of the vitamin D receptor.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mkm (India) on 12/07/2017


I have severe keloids on my chest and right and left shoulders. I had one single keloid on my chest around 13 years back and then they have grown over time. Few of them have split, few have horizontal lines over them and they are just spreading. I have tried cortisone injections, aloe vera, baking soda and none of them have worked.

I am having keloids on my right and left shoulders and upper chest and they are slowly spreading over my back and on the upper arms. They start as acne and keep on growing. I had only one keloid on my upper chest around 13 years back and they kept spreading. Few of them have split into two and few have horizontal lines over them. I had taken few cortisone injectons, and few of them reduces, but I have got a lot of new ones and they are just spreading. I have tried aloe vera, baking soda and none of them have worked.

Kindly help me identify the cause for these spreading keloids and remedies. I keep applying crushed garlic which dries them and peels off the upper layer, but the process is very slow. Kindly help on how to prevent them from spreading and clear the existing ones.

I have read in a previous thread that it could be because of fungus and some energy path.

Posted by Sunny (Uk) on 11/19/2017

I have lots of keloids on my chest, back and face. Can you let me know how much of this iodine I need to apply and how often please?

Potash Paste
Posted by Cher (Car) on 10/06/2017

Hi. What exactly is potash?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Durrya (Karachi) on 09/17/2017

I accidentally rub my keloid with cotton pad while massaging and it became red and I am feeling some burning sensation now.
So what should I do now? Should I continue applying ACV or not?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kelly (Chicago, Illinois ) on 09/13/2017

Please tell me what other salve you mixed with the comfrey?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Elizabeth T. (Boise, Id Usa) on 09/03/2017

What is BC powder?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shelly (Delhi, India) on 08/25/2017

Could you plese lemme know, does it burn, after applying ACv, in initial days. as I am applying after reading your review, but finding it more hard and swollen than before. pl if you can tell. thanks

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Purplebutterfly (Usa) on 08/19/2017

Is the magnesium oil still effective?

How often should it be used.

Thank you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 08/17/2017

Sharan, start out with well diluted ACV and see how you tolerate it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mini (Ohio) on 08/16/2017

Yes, but dilute with water. Equal parts of both.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sharan (Raichur, India) on 08/16/2017

Can raw ACV be applied on keloid which is on chest?

Posted by Sadface (Uk) on 07/24/2017

Has this treatment worked? Do you have a before and after photo? Many thanks.

Potash Paste
Posted by Eric (Nigeria) on 07/10/2017

I had a keloid growth on my ear lobe. I continually used potash mixed with water to make a paste. After constant application for two weeks, it burst open while I pressed out por se and it healed. I feel lazy applying to the ones on my chest. I hope to resume on it soon.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Armando (Hesperia, Ca) on 06/25/2017

How was your experience with using avc on your keloid?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Baseleak (Malaysia) on 05/09/2017

Did it stop the keloid from growing permanently? Because I'm having keloid for more than 10 years already..and I've tried surgery and steroid injections but it still grows back. Does apple cider vinegar helps? Because I'm having keloids on my earlobe.

Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil
Posted by Neeta (Singapore) on 04/19/2017

Hi, I too hv read about serrapeptase enzyme being used for keloid scar removal. Any idea, as to how to go about buying serrapeptase in Singapore?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by L (City, Fl) on 03/07/2017

Try Bc powder.. Make a paste and leave it on for 30 min. Got rid of a keloid on my belly button piercing

Vitamin D
Posted by Art (California ) on 02/10/2017 2086 posts

Keloids are a fairly common problem that are often discussed on this forum and have generated quite a few potential treatments.

In the following study the potential usefullness of vitamin D3 and quercetin are discussed in relationship to keloids. Quercetin is a commonly available supplement and vitamin d even more so. Both have very good safety profiles at a minimum and are relatively inexpensive to buy. Both supplements also are known to have many other health benefits, while being vitamin d deficient is known to have bad effects on human health.

It is fairly well established now that the majority of people have insufficient levels of 25 OH d which is the serum test for vitamin d. The reference range for vitamin d or 25 OH d is 30~100 ng/ml. Winter time only tends to worsen the deficiency because of the lack of effective UVB exposure combined with the increased atmosphere distance that the sun's rays have to pass through during our winter's in the USA. All good reasons to check with your doctor to see if including or increasing vitamin d is something healthful for you to try. Remember that age also plays a factor in our bodies ability to convert uvb rays from the sun into vitamin d in our skin. As we age, this ability diminishes and is just one more reason to consider supplementing. If you are insufficient (below 30 ng/ml) or deficient (below 20 ng/ml) and have keloids, maybe your body is trying to tell you something!

If you have keloids that have not responded to other treatments or have not responded well or just keep coming back, then it might be worth discussing this study with your doctor to see if vitamin d might be worth trying with or without quercetin. At a minimum your doctor may recommend getting closer to the top of the reference range than the bottom, at least while actively trying to see if vitamin D can improve your keloids.

Here is an abstract from 2011 that also suggests that vitamin d may be useful when it comes to keloids:

Here is a full study from 2015 that also points to vitamin D as potentially being useful for keloids.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rosemond (Belfast) on 02/09/2017


My son has keloid which keeps growing. I have tried baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mix and tea tree but the keloid is still growing. I just saw your post on comfrey, can you tell me how l can use it and where to get it.


Posted by Dianne (Tn) on 02/03/2017

Borax for keloid - I have suffered with a keloid on my ear lobe for 20 years. I have had injections and three surgeries it always comes back. Had radiation.iI came back one year later.I tried Apple Cider Vinegar, would not shake it. Finally I tried a borax paste... borax and water mixed and applied it at night. I left it on.about a few days. It started hurting and shrinking. It shrunk from the inside lobe and is soft, not hard. Almost gone after six months.

Posted by Jamil (London) on 01/21/2017

Please tell us your fully regime? Glad to hear you reduced your keloid size in a week! Also how does the story end?

And how is the site of the keloid almost a year after this post was shared? I hope everything is good!

Apple Cider Vinegr
Posted by Pankaj (Gujarat) on 01/20/2017

I applied Apple Cider Vinegar on Keloid on my shoulder. It worsened it & a new keloid formed around it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Aby (Philippines) on 11/22/2016

Hi, can you teach how to apply the Apple cidar? Do you use cotton, if yes how many minutes, and in one day how many times. Do you observe is there pus bec the shape of my keloid in chest Is concave its like elevated.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Denise (Ga) on 11/20/2016

How is it doing? I'm still struggling with mine.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kiki (Hawaii) on 11/14/2016

Avis2972, that is really interesting about keloids forming due to the area being infection at one time. I would love to research this, but I'm having trouble finding any information on it. Would you mind sharing where you learned that from? Thanks!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rue (Zimbabwe) on 09/28/2016

Wow, I read your post and have been using ACV for 3 wks now .my ear keloid has gotten 50% smaller.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rue (Zimbabwe) on 09/28/2016

Hi, I'm Rue. I've been using ACV for about 3 weeks now - applying overnight once a day since I had to go to college. The results are, I must say, amazing! I had a keloid about the size of a large grape behind my ear but it has reduced to the size of a small pea! Good luck to all those who might wanna try it, you might be surprised and save thousands of dollars!!

Posted by Katie (Me) on 09/20/2016

Did your old scars go flat?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by T (Jj) on 08/28/2016

A plaster is a band-aid.

Traditional Chinese Medicine
Posted by Revathi (India) on 08/08/2016

I applied organic vinegar which was bought online. It's better to use organic raw unfiltered for results.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Patricia (Downsville) on 07/28/2016 42 posts


What is a plaster?


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rev (India) on 07/28/2016

My daughter had a peanut sized keloid on her ear lobe and it was removed by a surgery, but unfortunately it started growing back after an year. I applied apple cider vinegar organic daily night and could see drastic change. Here is what I did:

Drenched a cotton ball in the vinegar, wrapped the keloid with a plaster and left it overnight. The keloid reduced to half of its original size within a month. The skin healed itself and the color didn't change. Apple cider vinegar did work great!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mikewillmadeit (Florida) on 07/03/2016

Got a keloid the size of my pinky on my chest, and a even smaller one under it. I've been putting apple cider vinegar on it all day and I'm actually noticing it getting better. I will post when it has made a bigger change!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Amy (Palms) on 06/28/2016

Hi, How did you exfoliate?

Posted by Keloid Destroyer (Austria) on 06/07/2016


I would like to know, when you are talking about smallering the scar. Do you mean in sense of the height or the surface? As mine is quite flat I would like to shrink it in the length. Is this possible with MSM? Thank you in advance!

Posted by Kristi (Michigan) on 06/04/2016

I ordered 5% loguls 5% iodine and after a week of use noticed my keloid start to shrink slightly. Then I ordered a dermaroller and used that with the iodine and massive quick difference. The keloid had lost 50% of its swelled height and getting closer and closer to flat after less than a week and a half. I can only speak for myself but this has been great.

Posted by Lloyd (Ga) on 05/26/2016

How has the process been, has the potassium iodide helped?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jef (Nigeria) on 05/26/2016

Hi dear, ACV is now available in many big pharmacies. I even just got a bottle last night in Abuja for my mums lymphoma. if you have someone in Abuja too the person can check H-Medics in Wuse 2. I even saw some bottles in Spar, 1st floor(ceddi Plaza), central area. I have a keloid too. After an attempt to open up a new hole for my earing. It started growing after almost a year and is pea sized in front and at the back. It almost looked like I was wearing a second earing. lol. My dermatologist has given me 3 shots of cortisone injections( one month apart) and the whole keloid became dried and black after the last injection. Now it seems it wants to fall of. I came across this sight trying to read up on how I could make it fall off fast. I will update the results with time. I am so happy that people are sharing their experiences here. I can at least use ACV for sometime after it falls off so it doesn't grow again.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shenee (Waco, Tx) on 04/09/2016

Yes. I read on apple cider vinegar for keloid skin and it work. I placed a soaked vinegar cotton swab on my face 15 min and it worked. I will continue.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kia (England) on 04/05/2016

Hi Tch Nc

Did the ACV help for your son? This is because I am experiencing the same issue and I am planning to start on using the ACV.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ify (Nigeria) on 04/01/2016

I tried it once by leaving it overnight on my skin with cotton wool and it darkened my skin. I will try again by pressing it to my skin for some minutes every night. Hope this works.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Elaine (Ky) on 03/31/2016

Absolutely you can use apple cider vinegar without taking out the nose ring. Go for it! Do dilute the vinegar with water though. Half vinegar. Half water. If that seems too strong, dilute it more.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Yashleey (Singapore) on 03/31/2016

I have my nose piercing 1 month ago and I'm so scared because after 3 days I noticed a bump on it....I don't want to take out my nose Ring because I love having question is that "is it ok to apply ACV without removing my ring?".......I tried tea tree oil but not happen yet......Please help me..thanks.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cristina (Ct) on 03/17/2016

Thanks so much for the info, I have 2 keloids on my chest and one on my back I started using ACV last night, I hope it works!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Marissa (U.S.) on 03/16/2016

I know this is an older post, so I'm not sure if you will see or respond to my comment but I would like to know more about your ACV process and your results! I have a keloid scar on my chest and I have been using ACV. I have noticed it getting smaller, but it is also getting raw and then scabbing over. I have read that this is normal because of the acidity of the ACV eating away the scar tissue. Did this happen to you as well? And how well did it work in the long run? Did this method remove your keloid completely, and if so, how long did it take? Thank you!! :)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gopinath G K (Madurai, Tamilnadu) on 03/11/2016

Shall I apply apple cider vinegar in my plain fingers on keloid or cotton required. Kindly advice. I have 15 keloids in my chest and shoulders. Apple vinegar with mother Or Plain apple vinegar. Which of the above I have to use?

Dietary Changes
Posted by Mother Earth (Ks) on 01/20/2016

Perhaps you could read about the effectiveness of using serrapeptase or nattokinase enzymes for removal of scar tissue.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Linda3480 (Orlando Fl) on 01/19/2016

I have been suffering from chest keloids since I was a teenager, I have had years of injections, it use to work but now every injections causes more damage to the area and then heals which causes more keloids and now I have 5 on my chest area where is use to be 1. Now in my 50's they are painful, itchy, and spreading across my chest. I need relief. I know nothing will make them go away and the Apple Cider treatment does not seem safe. I did read about a change in diet to anti-inflammatory foods, anyone have success in this method? And what can I use to ease the burning and itching?

Castor Oil
Posted by Lilia (Sofia, Bulgaria) on 01/12/2016

I wanted to ask the contributer of the post about castor oil removing a large keloid-which is also the Editor's choice- of when did he start using the castor oil, how long after the keloid has developed., and whether the scar is entirely gone, I.e. Is it still in any way visible, or gas the skin regained its normal colour and texture. Thank you very much. My daughter has a keloid from a 3 yr old surgery on her stomach and I am considering to try the use of castor oil... When I heat it -do I put it in hot water or just warm water-wouldn't the heat damage the qualities of the castor oil? Once again, thank you very much!!!

Posted by Marilyn (Canada) on 01/06/2016

I have had keloids since I was 5 (following a vaccination on my arm). At puberty, some of the pimples on my back/shoulder areas developed into small keloids. Then they grew together into large keloids. I had injections of kenalog for about 30 years with very poor results. I am now 53 and started using iodine orally about a year ago. I also started to paint lugol's iodine on my keloids after showering in the morning. The keloids are amazingly decreased and the redness is coming out of them. I have taken breaks (summertime especially because the iodine looks almost worse than the keloids). I think that the keloid scar tissue is trying to surround an infected area and keep the infection contained and unable to spread to the rest of the body. The iodine is an antibacterial that must be healing the infection so the keloid is no longer necessary. It has been a long process, but I am convinced that they will disappear completely over time as some already have.