Natural Treatment for Keloid Scars

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Sunny (Co.) on 02/13/2014
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Linda3480
(Orlando Fl)

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?

Replied by Mother Earth

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


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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 (USA) on 11/12/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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?


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Posted by Salem (Canada ) on 04/26/2018
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Ecfan99
(Everywhere, Usa)

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

Replied by Teena
(Melbourne, Australia)
193 posts

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

General Feedback

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

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Posted by Joy (Chicago, IL) on 01/17/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by Courtney (Chicago, Illinios) on 04/06/2008
4 out of 5 stars

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.


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Posted by Rose (PA) on 11/25/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by Suresh (New Delhi, India) on 06/27/2009
3 out of 5 stars

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.


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Posted by Kristi (Michigan) on 06/04/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Jamil

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!

Replied by Sunny

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?

Posted by Marilyn (Canada) on 01/06/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Lloyd

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

Replied by Sadface

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

Posted by Witchnat (London, Uk) on 07/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Shiyoko
(New York)

I actually just started using this on both ear keloids. I'm using SSKI which is a saturated iodine that is clear instead of staining your skin. It will take up to a year but worth the wait. I searched many sites and this is the best I could find. I'm hoping it rids me of these ugly scars. 2 or more drops of sski rubbed in to the keloid twice a day or more. May take a few months to see a change. The more you put on the better and faster results! I'll keep you updated. Before and after pics soon to come somewhere..

Replied by Joyce
(Sacramento, Ca)

How did you use the iodine on your keloid?

Replied by Brian
(Los Angeles)

Does it get rid of ear keloids?

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)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Keloid Remedies

Posted by Teegurl (Lagos) on 02/21/2013

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.


Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Teegurl... The remedy I would use for keloids is Ted's lugol's iodine and DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide) in a 50 - 50 mix. Apply this twice a day to the keloid area. The DMSO helps the iodine to efficiently penetrate deep into the sub-epidermal layers which is where iodine does its best work by helping to regenerate new skin while pushing off the old keloid scar. DMSO is also useful for the skin. Your pain or inflammation problem may well also be caused by pathogens -- this is where lugol's iodine is also highly useful -- because it kills most pathogens in less than one minute.

After topical application of the DMSO/LI mix it would also be useful to apply aloe vera oil afterwards -- this will help heal the skin too. If you have difficulty finding lugols iodine then potassium iodide is fine to use as SSKI (Saturated Solution of Potassium Iodide).

For more options see these EC links on Keloid Scar Remedies:

Keloid Scar Remedies

Teds Keloid Scar Questions

Replied by Teegurl
(Bangalore, India)

Thanks Bill, will definitely try your suggestion, but pls any idea how I can get the DMSO, and is that the common name?. Also if I have to apply the solution on the keloid area that will mean my entire upper region, my keloids are extensive spreading across my chest, neck and shoulders, both neck &chest are fixed together by a long stretch of skin. Please, I would like to know if the solution can be applied with a cotton wool. Thanks.

Replied by Alex

Hello! Have you heard of this place in India?

I have had keloids on my jawline, chest, and shoulders now for 5 years. I Have had countless painful cortisone injections, an even had surgery on my neck. I have ordered the cream from that site, but I think going to the doctor there will help a lot more. I tried the ACV last night, mixed with organic wheat grass, and I do see the results! I have been mixing it with notoginseng for about a month, which has made my keloids shrink, as well as become lighter. So far, the ACV has worked the best! I wish you the best!!

Replied by Geiac
(Las Pinas City)

Bill, where can I get SSKI or Lugol's in Manila? Most pharmacies don't carry SSKI

Massage, Essential Oils, Turpentine

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Posted by Alexa (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/05/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.