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.
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!
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
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 :)
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
(Philadelphia, Pa, Usa)
Dear Ted, please I need help with an extensive keloid on my chest &shoulders which I suffer last July 2012 as a result of a fire incident. Presently, I am very miserable and depressed owing to the discomfort from the keloid, I can't turn my neck because of the keloid over my neck & chest and my functionality has being seriously impaired. Right now I'm in India where I planned to have surgery to remove the keloids and restore my functionality but upon consuting with the plastic surgeon, he expressed his reluctance for the surgery because of my skin's proneness to keloid and the possibility of it recurring after the surgery. I started using a balm I bought from an ayurvedic dr in which I've been using since October 2012 but so far have not notice any improvement only more pains & discomfort from using the balm. Pls help me before I lose my mind, my life has since come to a standstill.
i will appreciate if you can take time to read my mail and proffer solution.
(San Fernando, Philippines)
(Las Pinas City)
Home Remedy for Keloids:
I wish I had a before and after photo. They were SOOOO Big and painful and itched so bad. After about six months this is what I have found to work.
Massage. If I take a glass bottle and massage them for about 5 minutes they are noticably smaller. Then I take Lavender and or Frankincense essential oil and pour directly on it. I also take a body brush and brush it daily for a few weeks. They stay pretty flat. I was amazed at how well it worked after the first application. I only do it a few times a week.
I ran out of oil waiting for it in the mail and I tried turpentine instead and it stings in one area but it's flatter and smaller like a dent in it after about 2 minutes. Like it was burned away. So essential oils Lavender, Frankincense and Turpentine seem to be effective. Also a friend share that if you use lavender there is no scarring and sure enough one scabbed over and is back to normal one the scab fell off.
I would also like to mention that where I picked the scab in the first place created Keloids, where I didn't pick the scabs and let them heal or didn't let the water wash the scab away the skin looks normal. So I know now what to do! Don't pick the scab and cover with Lavender.