Natural Treatment for Keloid Scars

| Modified on Nov 20, 2023
Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Adrian (Ontario, CA) on 08/25/2014

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Erin (Nc) on 12/16/2015

I found about apple cider vinegar for keloids on this site and decided to try it three days ago. I have two small ones on my neck near jawline. I am already seeing tremendous results. Every night before bed I have been putting it on a cotton ball and holding it against my scars for 5 minutes. In just three nights they are shrinking!! If this works it will save me hundreds of dollars.

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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!

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Posted by Mark (Cincinnati, Oh) on 02/24/2014

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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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!!

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

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.

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!!

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Posted by Tjgarcia (Orange, California) on 01/22/2015

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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Posted by John (Overland Park, Ks) on 09/13/2011

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

Posted by Avis2972 (Allentown, Pa ) on 02/17/2012

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!!!!!!! :-)

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

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 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.

Posted by Paula (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) on 04/11/2013

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.

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.

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Posted by Deb (Manchester, Uk) on 08/02/2011

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!!!