I have experience with many remedies including apple cider vinegar which made one keloid considerably worse so tread carefully!
Like many reading these comments I've scoured the internet for a solution for years and years. I'm a 39 yr old male and i have 3 bad keloids since my acne-ridden teens. I've had disastrous laser and steroid injections. They can really get you down these itchy unsightly lumps.
After much trial and error I've found something that has really worked for me. It takes patience but my girlfriend is in awe of the transformation in the last 18 months I've been using this method.
The main ingredient is MSM, taken internally. This is in my opinion the miracle drug we've all been waiting for. Take 2/3000 mg a day with vitamin to aid its effectiveness. I think this alone is responsible for about 70% of the shrinkage but I mix up a home made(not inexpensive but cheaper than a lot of the scam creams out there on the internet) cream that I think makes a difference too and really helps with the itchiness.
I don't have exact measures as i apply this quite liberally to the surrounding areas too as it makes your skin feel good and helps a lot of the teeny white mini keloids I have disappear too.
It's basically one half quality aloe vera gel and one half moo goo msm cream(moo goo are an Australian company, it's widely available here in Ireland) with a few drops of tea tree, lavender and calendula oils. I don't always have all five ingredients but for some reason i feel it works better if you mix it up a bit, two weeks of tea tree, two weeks of lavender and calendula. There's no fixed method and all ingredients are good for your skin in general, especially if you're prone to acne and scarring. It is i feel good to have the aloe vera and msm to dilute the oils though and they can be a bit harsh on their own in my experience and the msm, I've read, helps the oils permeate the outer scar tissue to get to problem inside.
All this said I'm not sure exactly how much the cream really shrinks the scar. It really really eases the itching and puts the scars to the back of my mind so to me it's a very important part of my daily routine now. As much so as my morning cup of coffee(which probably doesn't help the keloids! ). You get to crave that soothing lotion and it has improved the surrounding areas no end.
The one thing I'm 100% certain shrinks keloid scars is msm taken internally. Give a few months. It's not going to happen overnight but within 3 months i think you'll notice that to touch the scars feel different and are noticeably starting to break down. It has changed my life to know that the scars are slowly improving rather than endlessly searching and going through the depression after another failed attempt at improving them. It works! And it's not crazy expensive.
Give it a go! Good luck, David
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.
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i tried the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste but I noticed that my keloid got burned and it is so painful. So I replaced it with tea tree oil now and ingesting Apple Cider Vinegar with 1/4 tbs of honey.. Now it is getting flattened but the color is much darker than before so what will be the remedy to lighten the skin color?
Periodically, I get small, viral bumps on my neck that appear to be made worse from shaving with a razor. Some of these bumps develop into small, keloid-type growths. Over a period of years, and by trial and error, I have found tincture of myrhh to be very effective in getting rid of the bumps. Also, tea tree oil appears to be somewhat effective, but not as effective as myrhh. Note that the myrhh needs to be in tincture form. Myrhh oil does not work as well. Put the tincture directly on the bumps. They will dry up in a week or so.
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Previously I wrote saying what remedies had failed on a second "keloid" I had on my eyebrow. It behaved like a keloid in the sense that it was growing when it got hit or irritated. The head nurse had agreed it was a keloid. Just recently another medical person said it was not a keloid but a sebaceous cyst. NO WOMDER ALL THE KELOID FORMULAS DID NOT WORK. PLEASE REINSTATE THE FORMULAS i SAID DID NOT WORK. They probably do work on keloids but not on sebaceous cysts.
Nivea CO Q10 DAYTIME wrinkle defense cream healed a red, raised, growing, 6 month old keloid above the lip which was about 1/2 long. It was caused from removing deep skin cancer with a formula of blood root.
I discovered it by accident. I was using the solution for the co q 10 cream on my face when I noticed 2 weeks later that the keloid was shrinking and less red. It took about 6 weeks total for the keloid to die totally and I have never been bothered there since. I later tried Nivea's EVENING co q 10 wrinkle creme for another kind of keloid on and below the end of my eyebrow. The EVENING creme did not work though it had similar ingredients. This keloid seemed different from the other and was caused by several accidental injuries to the same place over several months. Every time it would grow bigger after hitting it against the bone and really hurt. Now keloid is protruding so it is always getting irritated and growing. I can feel a root system under keloid or so it seems. Keloid protrudes and looks like a hard big garbanzo bean. I tried aloe, co q 10 in bee cream. rose hip oil, fried onions in bee cream, quercitin in cream thus far to no avail. I am very fair and of Icelandic / Irish / English descent and 55 years old. I wondered where these keloids came from as I usually have very good scar healing. I have many scars from a car accident and operation and none have keloided. Any suggestions as to why it is happening on my face but not my body? Are there different kind of keloids? Iwill try some of your suggestions I have just read and trust they will work.
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.
I want to say thanks for all comments. My mum has a keloid on her chest and she has been looking for a cure for some time now.I read about a remedy that could work. She is currently using it and i am yet to get a feedback.
A mixture of grinded potash, 2 table spoon of pure honey, some palm kernel oil, Aloe vera gel and 10 lime juice extract. Press the affected area with hot water before applying the mixture in the morning and evening for one month.
Rye, New York
From the following site:
"Keloids" are abnormally thick scars, sometimes as much as an inch thick, that can form after injury. Although anyone can get a keloid, they're more common among blacks than other ethnic groups. Rubbing SSKI into a keloid at least twice daily will ultimately flatten them down to a "normal scar", but it can take many months to a year for particularly bad ones. The treatment goes faster if SSKI is mixed "50-50" with DMSO.
I got my first keloid at the age of 13. I thought it was a pimple and "popped" it. It grew larger. I had it removed and then it came back and I got new keloids from where the stitches were placed. I endured years of painful steriod injections because it kept growing. My dermotologist told me that once I got old and lost elasticity of the skin, it would stop growing and go away. I'm 43 and it's gone. I still develop keloids though not as bad. One piece of advice I can give is that pressure does help reduce the growth of keloids. I had major back surgery at 15. I had to wear a body cast for 6 months. The only place I developed a keloid was about a half inch at the top where the cast did not meet the skin. Also, my OB-GYN said, after my second c-section that I scarred as badly inside as I did outside. He had to cut very deeply and wide to get the keloid out of his way to deliver my daughter. I worry about my children having this problem. Does anyone know if this is an inherited condition? Thanks you.
I have a razor bump keloid on both sides of my jaw line. I noticed them about few years ago. They first look or feel just like a pimple; but when it starts to heal, the skin start to get hard and grow the keliods. They itch sometimes when the hair is growing. What can I do to reduce the itch and the hardness on them sometimes. I noticed that, after I drink alchol, they tend to be more itchy and harder. I workout a lot at the gym too, so I eat a lot of food and drink milk all the time. I need help as to what I can eat to see results and I will appreciate all the help! I would also love to get Ted's input about this question thank you!
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.
I have many small-medium size keloids all over my shoulders and a few on my chest. Most from acne, some mysteriously showed up. Have had them for years.
At one point though, I had about 8/9 small keloids on my chest. And through a series of events I'm still trying to figure out, all of them but one completely went away! And within just a few weeks too, I was literally watching them flatten out and fade. So what happened was I got a few Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, then went to Florida and accidentally got too much sun and it got much darker. They became dark brown squares from where the IPL was done. I was pretty upset. The dermatologist gave my some hydroquinone to fade the pigment and eventually it scabbed over and peeled off. The keloids were still underneath though, but more pink. Then very shortly afterwards, they started just going away on their own! So I decided to try to do the same thing with the ones on my shoulders, although I didn't expose it to sun and the treated area didn't get hyperpigmented. The keloids are sitll there. This all happened 3 or 4 years ago.
Anyway, I know it's a bit counterintuitive as it says everywhere that sunlight causes darker pigmentation. But maybe in a controlled setting, it could actually boost something within the skin cells to heal?? I mean the sun is life giving in many ways, does anyone here have any thoughts on how some heliotherapy may be beneficial for the skin? Thanks.
Every product in general that is good for your skin is also good for a keloid. My experience shows me that much. I've tried almost everything. Laser operation, corticosteroid injections, surgical removal, silicon plates and gels .... sooo many. I've achieved best results using MAGNESIUM OIL - Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate!!! And TEA TREE OIL!!!
It is also very important that you protect your keloid from sun exposure or use higher sunprotect factor!
I have kelloids on chest. Severe pain, irritation and inflammation. I read about tea tree oil. Whether available in india? Is it specific or general. Suggest and also let me know where I can contact and to whom?
Reply would be appreciated. REGARDS, RKGUPTA