Natural Treatment for Keloid Scars

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Posted by Tired Of Keloids (Toronto, Ontario) on 06/09/2013

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.

Replied by Caitlin
(Austin, Tx)

My keloid scar began disappearing when I began ingesting ACV and using coconut oil directly on it. It is so flat now and so much less noticeable that I am astounded. But, I ask myself the question, which one was it? The ACV taken daily or cleaning & moisturizing my skin with the VCO? Perhaps a combination of both! The VCO has really gotten my facial scars better and ACV has brightened my face up.

Replied by Nina

Hi, I understand exactly where you are coming from - I am also tired of keloids! I learned to get on with it though! I really hope I am not too late, but having my keloid shaved was the worst decision of my life. It grew back bigger and more aggressive (I currently have a bag of ice cubes on my chest to prevent the itchiness when it gets warm) I wish id left it alone! With research you'll get to understand your keloid and I think diet is the best option in helping it heal from the inside out, sounds ridiculous I know but I have noticed when my hormones change (increase in estrogen) and when I'm not eating particularly well, it tends to feel more sore look more red and feel uncomfortable and itch and when it itches I know it's growing! Cool compress seems to help me ease the pain and keeping my skin hydrated! I hope this has helped x

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Posted by Perev (Toronto, Ontario) on 08/20/2012

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

Replied by San
(Houston, Tx)

Please keep us posted on if ACV removes the redness of the keloid. I have around 30 keloids, I have used Kennacort injections to great success, applying Triocaine makes the process painless. The keloids have flattened but the redness is still there, I am wondering how can I get rid of that. Thanks!

Replied by Puggle
(Beaumont, Tx)

consider sauna or read up on it......

Replied by Sania
(Toronto, Ontario)

It's been a month since I have been using ACV and I have about 4 scabs (bruises) on my keloid. For those who have used ACV, does it remove the keloid?

Replied by Stacy

I would like to know much better about ACV.. And I want to ask, what type of ACV can I apply on my keloid?is it ACV with mother and organic or ordnary ACV?I just wanna know.. Thanks.

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Posted by Marcelopassos (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) on 04/09/2012

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?

Thanks, Marcelo

Replied by Michelle
(Vancouver, British Columbia)

I started using ACV on my 5 year old keloid today. Over this period, it has grown from about 0.5 cm to 2 cm in length. I have tried steroid injections which were extremely painful and the effects did not last. Using the ACV, I applied it every half hour or so with a Q-tip, and used the Q-tip to rub and put pressure on it until the ACV was pretty much dry. Then repeated that process for about 10 hours, every half an hour. I could immediately see that the ACV was working, the keloid was flattened and the colouring was almost like my normal skin. Other than some redness from the ACV that I accidently must have applied to my healthy skin around the keloid, there were no side effects. I've read some other people's replies on here and they seem to have pussing and pain. However, I found no sensation to the area.

I would really recommend to try ACV with the applied rubbing and pressure ( read that it helps to break down the keloid in addition to the ACV) I will continue to try this method and see what happens and keep you all posted!

Replied by Tj
(Nashville, Ar)

Hey what was your effects with the steroid injections?

Replied by Getwell
(Glasgow, Uk)

Hi Michelle, Did the ACV work? How's your keloid now?

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Posted by Grim (Chicago, Il) on 01/16/2012


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.

Replied by Charlotte
(London, Uk)

I've just got myself some ACV and will start applying it tomorrow. Please do keep us posted on how your keloid is doing, because it will be helpful to see how other people are progressing so we can compare results!

If anyone else has any stories about using ACV on their keloids please post them! I have found all of the posts very helpful and extremely heartening so far!

I have a keloid on my arm from an injection at school, and one on my right ear lobe from a piercing. I have had them both for 5 years. The one on the back of my ear got surgically removed because it was getting very large. It has grown back slowly over the 3 years since it's been operated on, it isnt as large as it was but it is still itchy and I worry it will carry on growing. The scar on my arm stopped itching after a couple of years and seems to be quite stable with no noticable change in size.. I would just love to get rid of the one on my ear!

Thank you, I will keep you posted on my scars!

Replied by Amy
(Warwick, NY)

Hello Ted and any other affected readers,

I am thrilled to find this forum and to hear similar stories of people with keloid scars. However, most peoples scars I've read seem to be small. I'm interested in treating mine with something, but I was wondering if these treatments are effective on larger keloid scars as well? I'm quite nervous to begin. My scar 4 inches by 1 inch. It was originally much smaller, the size of a nickel. However, it has a cyst inside of it and it was quite painful, so I tried steriod injections. They were so painful! I then had surgery to remove the entire thing. Now I have an even bigger longer scar from the incision. Will any other these home remedies work for me? I'm sick of having to buy high necked shirts and having to have a custom made wedding dress.

Thank you.

Replied by Rachel
(Reinholds, Pa)

Keloids - often respond well to treatment topically with comfrey dalve or Complete Tissue Salve (contains Comfrey)

If you cannot find either of these email me at myronweaver2(at)gmail. com and I will suggest a source.

I help treat burns and serious wounds outside of the hospital whenever possible and we were working on a 2 yr old who had been burned over 30% of his body. When he was released from the hospital, the concern was the serious keloids he had that covered his whole back. These would not stretch as he grew. I have a huge bed of comfrey so I blended comfrey root with olive oil and mixed it with another salve and applied it daily to his back and his keloids nearly disappeared over a few months of time. We were very grateful.

Since our family takes comfrey internally (though FDA warns against it) we have had good success with a 6 inch by 2 inch keloid shrinking to an almost flat surface. My husband was drinking comfrey green smoothies for some intestinal trouble he was having and one day he noticed, to his amazement that his keloid on his arm was 50% gone.

Comfrey is a skin miracle worker.

We had a friend who had serious scarring in his throat from a tracheotomy site. It affected his voice big time. On hearing what comfrey could do he began drinking green smoothies of comfrey.

In one week he told us that his voice was 50% better and the scarring was going away.

Replied by Joseph
(Murfreesboro, Tn)

I don't know where to find comfrey but I have a keloid on my chest and shoulder could u tell me how u got rid of the keloids and what u used and also where to get the items. thank you so much.

Replied by E

I've had a massive amount of keloids (genetic) since I was 8 years old. I'm 17 now and all the doctor has done is given me painful steroid injections. So far my own naturally made concoction has sort of helped but only with making them lighter, not making them go away. So I'm going to try ACV along with my spray (pure fresh lemon juice, grape seed oil, lavender essential oil, frankincense essential oil, tea tree oil, fresh aloe gel, and olive oil) I'll definitely keep all of you up to date on how it's working and what the effects may be etc.

Replied by Gh
(Ca., US)

I have a small raised scar, I am caucasian and have seen large keloids. I'm using emu oil. I think I confused the asprin/tylenol and am using saline wound cleaner mixed with baking soda, I made a paste and caked it on. Mine is from an anchor piercing removal, the rest are flat and healing well but he really dug into this one and it is raised and red. It's been over 2 months. I want to keep things natural since it is relatively small, but I can see it in the mirror. I think I'll try the ACV since I have it and virgin coconut oil, its really hard and waxy so I'd have to really have to work it in.

Replied by Ad
(Ct, US)

Have you tried ACV yet. If so what are the results?

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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.


Replied by Armando
(Hesperia, Ca)

How was your experience with using avc on your keloid?

Replied by Kelly
(Chicago, Illinois)

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

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Posted by Kass (USA) on 11/08/2011

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)
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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 Amy

Hi, How did you exfoliate?

Replied by Kiki

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!

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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

Replied by Jude

Hey, I've been trying the ACV experiment for 3 days. I have a hypertrophic scar on my chest and I finally got a reaction by leaving a cotton ball dipped in ACV while holding it down with a bandaid. The top layer looks like it's in the early formation of a scab and I have a little brusing surrounding the hypertrophic scar because of irritation caused by the ACV. Now, I'm just wondering about the next step. Exfoliation and the mosturization? Thank you! Jude

Replied by Radhika

I started using Acv.. I want to know how long it'll take to heal??

Replied by Radhika

I have been applying Apple Cider Vinegar for week.. Now some portion turnd white and too much of pain for one hour of applying.. Is this natural??

Replied by Ellen
(Nashville, Tn)

Dear Radhika, I would be very careful with the application of undiluted apple cider vinegar on your skin. It can burn your skin if you press it onto your skin for more than a minute. I know because I held a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar onto a pimple for about 10 minutes and it turned my pimple into a painful wound that was much bigger than the pimple. It scabbed over and took 2 weeks to heal! Be careful!

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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!!!

Replied by Gb
(Montreal, Qc, Canada)

To Deb: Hi, may I ask how old your scar was, and what color it was originally? Thanks for your help!

Replied by Deb
(Manchester, Uk)

Hi GB, the keloid that formed from my last attempt at keloid removal surgery was about 5 years old and I have black skin so it was slightly darker than my skin tone - as the Apple Cider Vinegar ate away at the keloid it showed the pinky flesh until it eventually healed.

Replied by Max

To Deb: Can 3 years keloid be able to work without any surgeries in the past??

Replied by Julypen

hi.. I'm julypen.. I am applying ACV on my keloid but it was very painful because ACV create a wound on my keloid.. Could you please advise me if it is normal or I would stop putting ACV on my keloid.. Please thanks:)

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Julypen, dilute the ACV, of course.

Replied by Getwell
(Glasgow, Uk)

Hi Deb, I am extremely happy to hear tht a person got cured with Keloid. I am also in a pathetic suitation where a small wound on my neck becomes a keloid scar and grown huge. As it got infected, I had undergone surgery with out any other choice.. Bad luck.. Now surgery scar is 5+ inches long and started growing.. I am thinking of applying the ACV diluted. Your post gave me some hope. Thanks for sharing.

Replied by Royal

Hi, am Royal 4rm Nigeria, from all d commnts postd it seem Acv has helped many but am in Africa and I dnt knw wat an ACV or tylenol is. My keloid is over 5yrs nd is on my breast. Wat can I find here dat wil b useful

Replied by Enya

I can't wait to tell my daughter about the acv. She did remove one large keloid from her ear with the rubberband, with much pain involved. She still has others on her other ear, now she wants surgery, I think it's a waste of money, knowing it will return.

Replied by Kim
(York, PA)

I am 51 years old and dealing with keloids since I was vaccinated as a baby. Rule #1. Do not have surgery or injections. Very painful and only makes the scar return larger. I have tried so many things along the way. Mixing crushed aspirin with real lemon juice into a paste and applying has helped, but only 30%. The apple cider vinegar helped, but again only 30%. After reading the posts I will try that again for a longer time period. Press on friends!

Replied by Deborah
(South Carolina)

Royal from Nigeria. ACV is Apple Cider Vinegar. If you can't get it I would try any good vinegar with some water so it does not burn. Tylenol is the brand name of a head ache medicine whose drug name is acetamenophen. Best of luck. I hope that helps.

Replied by Chris
(Los Angeles, Ca)

This is really great to hear. I have 4 dime sized, very painful keloids on each of my shoulders. I've tried injections but they don't seem to work for me. I'm going to give the ACV a try. I'll report back and let everyone know the outcome.

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Posted by Michelle (Berkeley, California) on 02/21/2010

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.

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

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
(SF, CA)

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 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.

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Thank You

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.

Replied by Yashleey

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.

Replied by Elaine

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.

Replied by Jef

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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 :) )


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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.

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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.

Replied by Susan

Castor Oil Packs - I use hot water bottles.

Replied by Lilia
(Sofia, Bulgaria)

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!!!

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

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....

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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! :)

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