Natural Remedies for Scars and Scar Tissue

| Modified on Aug 19, 2022
Natural Remedies for Scar

Treatment of scar and scar tissue ranges from massage to topical applications of natural remedies like Castor Oil packs to supplements like Hyaluronic Acid. Smoothing the appearance of scar tissue involves soothing and hydrating the skin. Many home treatments are especially effective for treating and preventing scars.

A scar is the result of regrowth of tissue after the skin has been damaged. The tissue that makes up a scar is technically the same as normal, healthy tissue; however, it appears different as the fibers in this tissue are arranged differently. Scar tissue develops as the result of healing from a variety of different wounds including a cut, burn, acne or fungal infection. Scars develop when the skin has been damaged beyond its first layer.

Natural Remedies for Scar Tissue

Scar tissue can be treated using a variety of home remedies. Common applications including castor oil packs, vitamin E, aloe vera and coconut oil soothe damaged and inflamed areas preventing and treating the development of wounded areas. These treatments also support the growth of new skin.

Castor Oil 

Castor Oil is one of most effective ways to break down scar tissue. Castor oil not only decreases inflammation, but can dissolve scar tissue. Learn how to make a castor oil pack here.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant and nutrient application. Massaged into the affected area multiple times a day, the vitamin E oil revitalizes and nourishes the skin. This treatment can also be paired with a vitamin C supplement to boost efficacy.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compound. Applied directly to the site of a scar or healing wound, aloe vera delivers natural emollients to the skin to aid in regrowth of healthy skin. Aloe vera can also be applied directly to burns to prevent wounding.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a natural compound that is comprised of a medium chain of fatty acids. The oil’s composition effectively stimulates collagen production and increases the rate of healing. This compound also increases the development of new blood vessels and produces healthy skin free of scaring.

Scar tissue is the tissue that replaces normal skin when the skin has been damaged. While scar tissue is technically the same type of tissue as health skin, it looks different and can be a cause of concern and self-consciousness for many. Natural treatments support effective cell growth, minimizing scar tissue and creating beautiful, healthy skin.

Continue reading to learn the most effective remedies for scars as reported by our readers over the past decade!

Alkalizing Remedies

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Posted by Tim (Orange, Ca) on 05/21/2015

I had a bout with shingles for 3 months and nothing worked. Took lysine and stayed away from any foods high in arginine still no help. Forget what the doctors give you, that only puts your immune system in the dumpster. So I started getting my ph up with baking soda and a little molasses. Then baking soda 2 tsp and 6oz of distiller water three times a day. Then hit the vitamin c heavy. 500 mg every hour. Chewables are easy. Or 1000 mg every 2 hours and 4000 mg bed time if you can sleep. If you get ph test strips you can check your ph level. Disease, cancer, mites, parasites and bacteria do not live in a high ph body. They will slowly fade away. You have to be persistent. I also take magnesium 400 mg twice a day a good multivitamin with twice a day and don't forget the apple cider pills 500mg 2 pills three times a day.

Aloe Vera

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Posted by K (Chicago, IL) on 07/02/2009

I have been using fresh aloe juice/gel/flesh topically overnight on my chest and back to try to heal scarring due largely to acne. I had been dealing with acne and scarring for months now. Just two nights of applying aloe liberally and directly onto my skin, letting it dry a bit, and then putting on a pajama top overnight has produced surprisingly good results. I am so relieved and amazed. I recommend this very simple, inexpensive, and natural method to everyone.

Replied by Stacy
(Atl, Ga)

This is great information but when I went to my local grocer to pick an aloe leaf, one question came up: How do you preserve your fresh aloe vera. How long does it keep? Thx!

Replied by Kathy
(Stanwood, WA)

My grocer doesn't sell aloe leaves. Go to your nursery or Lowe's, WalMart etc and buy the plant. It will grow fast so make sure the pot is big enough. Needs lots of light, Bring indoors when it gets cold. Just pick a leaf as needed.

Replied by Jason
(Long Beach, California)

Im just curious about aloe vera lotion not aloe vera gel, will that help take away acne scars?

EC: Most potent form is fresh aloe.

Replied by Agapegirl
(Orlando, Fl)

A cut piece of fresh aloe can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated to prolong the freshness. But better yet, cut tiny pieces from the plant as needed instead of cutting a larger piece and trying to preserve it.

Aloe Vera, Lemon Juice, Honey, Vitamin E, Toothpaste

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Posted by Jessica (Vancouver, Canada) on 11/17/2007

A while ago I experimented with a bunch of home remedies to clear up my acne scars and found that topically applying the following worked for me:

- aloe vera gel (works better on fresh wounds)
- lemon juice
- honey
- vitamin e oil or capsule
- toothpaste
- cucumber juice (leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water)
- make a paste of salt, baking soda, lemon juice, and honey. Leave on face for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water.

Hope these help someone!

Replied by Sarah
(Dubai, UAE)

I used toothpaste, cucumber, lemon juice and the face mask Jessica advised to use. My results are amazing! My scars are fading and the toothpaste makes the pimples smaller and the puss decreases quite visibly. I just mix about two tablespoons of honey, the juice of one or two lemons, two teaspoons of salt, three tablespoons of fuller's earth. This adds a glow to my skin, the scars are fading away slowly. Also, I use a scrub daily before school/work; two tbspoons of honey, three tablespoons of unrefined brown sugar and fullers earth( as much as you want, not more than four tablespoons), 1 1/2 teaspoons of ACV. This is for general use...

Replied by Toni
(Hutchinson Island, Fl)

What type of toothpaste is best?

Replied by Joy
(Pensacola, Fl)

If you use toothpaste, use a white paste, NOT gel.

Replied by Swara
(M.p., India)

can we use toothpaste and lemon mix on daily overnight basis.......?????????

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Helpyourself (Houston, Texas, Usa) on 11/11/2011

Started drinking 2 tbls of acv, 1 tbl honey and a splash of lemon instead of coffee.

Drink coffee a couple times a week with 1 tbl blackstrap molasses. The scar tissue on the bottom of my big toe quit growing. Used to have to dig out tissue every three days or so.

It stopped growing! Amazing. I had this problem for 20 years and now after a couple weeks with the above I no longer have the scar tissue.

Also, put Apple Cider Vinegar on my dry legs and the dryness is gone, legs look like fresh skin. Amazing!

Replied by Zg
(Santa Barbara, Ca)

I had a similar experience with scar tissue disappearing. I was taking ACV for digestion and I noticed a scar from two years ago (which was pretty bad from an infection) started to flatten out--very surprising, I thought it would never go away. I wonder if it works on internal scarring from injuries/surgeries as well?

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(Cisco, Tx)

How to make a castor oil pack?

Castor Oil Pack

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Posted by Susi_nola (New Orleans, Louisiana) on 10/15/2016 2 posts

My husband had tracheal stenosis after having a tracheotomy in the ICU for 6 weeks after colon cancer surgery complications, which means the build up of scar tissue in his airway. His tracheal stenosis got so bad that he had to have outpatient surgery 7 times. Like clockwork, 6 weeks after each surgery the scar tissue would inevitably return to such a point that my husband couldn't breathe, and he'd be back into another surgery. At one point he went into respiratory distress his airway was so closed. After the last surgery the doctor suggested we give him a permanent tracheotomy.

My husband is very active with hiking and other exercise, was in his early 40's at this point, and our child was 2, so this was absolutely out of the question. I looked up scar tissue remedies on Earth Clinic and found that applying Castor Oil to external scars had helped some people.

So my husband began rubbing a thick layer of cold pressed Castor Oil on his neck where his tracheotomy had been, and where the tracheal stenosis has been recurring. He did this in the morning and at night, tucking a washcloth into his shirt to keep the greasy oil off of his clothes. Miraculously, within 24 hours David's breathing started easing as if the scar tissue were disappearing. And within a couple of days his airway seemed completely open again. Since he started doing this, my husband has not had another surgery for tracheal stenosis. This is an incredible cure that works! My husband is an especially tough customer because his neck had been radiated during his teenage years due to Hodgkin's Lymphoma so he also had scar tissue from that.

David continued his twice/day castor oil treatment for a couple of years. The scar tissue/tracheal stenosis never returned. I wish we had tried this before suffering through 7 surgeries, but better late than never! And better than a permanent tracheotomy! I hope this will help some other people recover easily from their tracheotomies. It is an incredibly easy cure.

Replied by Perla
(Las Vegas)

Thank you so much for this comment. My fiance is going through the same thing. He was intubated for only 10 days but still got tracheal stenosis. He has had two different surgeries and so far both times its came back. I'm going out to buy castor oil tonight. Does it matter what kind? Hoping and praying this works. And I'm sorry you both had to go through this. Watching them not being able to breath on a regular basis is so tough. Thank you for giving me hope!

Replied by Monica
(Palo Alto, California)

Hi, I read your initial post from 2016 and I was wondering if your husband is still breathing fine. I have idiopathic tracheal stenosis. I have already had 4 dilations (in the course of 5 years) and I am thinking about having a tracheal reconstruction but I am willing to try everything natural before undergoing such procedure. Thanks you for your post!

Castor Oil Pack
Posted by Grace (Wash.) on 03/16/2015

I had to have 2 nose surgeries. Resulted in scar tissue and sinus infections. The ENT wanted to do surgery to remove the scar tissue. A year earlier I had my appendix removed and that area began to hurt it was scar tissue. The doctor said they could do ultrasound to dissolve it

I wanted a natural approach, I did castor oil pack on nose, with a heating pad and did the same on my abdomen, 2x a day for an hour. I took daily serrapeptase, 2 twice a day on an empty stomach . I read 3 books on proper juice fasting which included, couple colonics and coffee enemas. Apparently between the 8-15 day on a juice fast the body begins to dissolve scar tissue. If you're thin only 10 days of juice fasting is recommended. Of course talk to naturopathic doctor before starting.

Replied by Brian

How did you do a castor oil pack on your nose? How did you heat it? Im in the same position as you after rhynoplasty.

Replied by Grace

I rubbed castor oil on my face and put a heating pad on face, but then I found an easier way I would rub castor oil, mixed with dmso on my nose and sinus area I would get use a dry cotton washcloth folded over a few times and place if over my eyes then lay under a infrared light lamp and let the area heat up a little just enough to know it is penetrating. I also ended up doing a 30 day juice fast under the direction of very smart naturopathic doctor This was miraculous for my healing.

Castor Oil Pack
Posted by Valerie (Los Angeles, Ca ) on 11/30/2011

Hi, I had breast augmentation surgery and I keep getting scar tissue so as a result of this I already had 3 surgeries to remove it but keeps coming back. Will a castor oil pack work to soften it?

Replied by Sherry

Me too. Implants. Scar tissue for years. I simply put castor oil on my breasts every night and within a month saw improvement. In a few months, the scar tissue was gone. Completely. What a relief. I did not do the oil pack. Just recently bought the flannel but have not yet done that. Seems unnecessary at this point. Now using castor oil as a moisturizer everywhere.

Cauliflower Ear Remedies

Posted by Natural Ways Mama6 (Centerville Indiana) on 04/23/2014

My son has cauliflower ear from wrestling, I was wanting to know any all natural remedies or essential oils I can use to heal this naturally?

Replied by Caitlin

This IS serious and could lead to problems if not treated by your doctor! An antibiotic treatment sounds ideal. I would also suggest that you wrap his ear in either a bandage soaked in witch hazel or ACV to decrease the swelling. I say witch hazel because of this story: After my mom had her last baby, a rather large one of many children, she was so torn and swollen that she could not move for the pain. They left her moaning in a room by herself. Her mom, my beloved grandmother, a healer and midwife from the 1920's visited her that morning of the birth. She saw the situation, and immediately went to the pharmacy for witch hazel and a large cotton pad. She placed the pad, soaked with dickinson witch hazel, upon my mother'ss nether region. My mother said she could actually feel the witch hazel "drawing" the pain away and by that very evening, she was walking around. From that day onward, my mother is never without that witch hazel in her bathroom. My hubby has wrapped a paper towel soaked in ACV around a large, swollen gouty foot and ankle. It reduced the swelling within an hour, but, took a couple of days at that particular stage of swelling to go down completely. I would also suggest ingesting it and putting diluted ACV and water inside the ear every few hours. When the swelling goes down, I would rub coconut oil (VCO) in and around his ear and if he is not allergic to it, give him a teaspoon morning and night to help fight the infection. I know that you want to treat this naturally, but, an antibiotic could only help as well. Good luck to you and your son! Caitlin

Cocoa Butter for Scars

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Posted by Cindy (Batavia, Ny) on 09/26/2016

Vitamin E and/or cocoa butter to heal scars. Cocoa butter works great. Can get a Stick at the drugstore or look for a stick on Internet. Make sure it's pure cocoa butter and not cream that's mixed with other stuff. When I was a child back in the late 1950's I got a bad case of chicken pox and had pox marks/scars all over my face. Doc said to use cocoa butter. My whole face cleared up except for one tiny pox mark I still have. All others gone. Made my face real nice.

Coconut Oil, Melatonin Powder

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Posted by Janet (Asheville, Nc) on 11/26/2012

I have been battling a small bleeding spot on my nose for 2 yrs. I tried vit c but because of work only let it scab once so that wasn't enough and I use h202 on it too. Finally I used effudex for 3 weeks which turned it into a pea sized (flat) tender scar which only ended up bleeding 2 mos later after I scrubbed it so it could have been bcc not just ak. I couldn't get an appt with the Dr. for 5wks so I started EVCO and powdered melatonin tabs paste. Fantastic! First of all there was no nasty scabbing, just night 5 I think I made a crusty paste and woke up with some blood on my face but the skin looked o. K. There was tremendous healing in 10 days and I would say 2 weeks I could no longer discern the spot or root of the bleeding. I still have a spot of pinker skin from the effudex damage but its not tender anymore. I don't have insurance so that is why I was trying natural cures. It is day 18 and I feel very good about it so far, but I will follow up my post since so many things failed. I had made an appt for a biopsy coming up in 2 wks so I might be cancelling that since I'm tired of having a wound on my face.

Replied by Sunscreen User...
(Boca Raton, Florida)

Please don't cancel your biopsy!! I had a similar problem... A small cut that would never go away, just kept scabbing up, then getting better, then it started all over again for years. I had to have surgury to remove the basal cell that ended up being an invasive nodule because I ignored it for so long. It didn't look any different on the outside but it was growing down into my skin. Please see a derm right away :-) good luck!

Replied by Jan
(Asheville, Nc)

Well, I wasn't really sure if anything was going on with my "spot" see earlier post so I put iodine on it and in the morning I saw a center like thing. So long story short, I burned it acouple of times with iodine and a couple of times the center oozed something and then it just quit reacting but I had it biopsied anyway which seemed like a breeze after all the self treating and of course the effudex! Well the biopsy came back OK (keratosis) and the recommendation was to f/u in 3 mos. While I was waiting for the biopsy results I hit with 7% iodine, now I'm thinking I may have been overdoing it and just need to let it heal. Well at least it's not bcc. I'm just confused that the efudex didn't work. This has been my first problem like this so this is what I've learned: I think anything that looks weird or bleeds, if you hit it right away with vit c, coconut oil and/or iodine, maybe vinegar you might have a chance of it going away pretty easily but if it continues for more than 4-6mos just get a biopsy. The face heals pretty fast, especially with coconut oil. Since I started using coconut oil daily on my face and I also got a bottle of Vit C serum I think I've prevented anything new popping up.


Posted by Gregor (Petaluma, Ca) on 02/22/2014

4 years ago I had a case of shingles on the left side of my face which left several scars within my left eye. My vision in that eye is distorted as one scar is in the center of my eye lens. An eye specialist said there is no present treatment, not even laser, that can remove the scar.

Does anyone know of a treatment using DMSO to soften or dissolve scars inside the eye?

Also, is there anything that will kill the shingles virus as I still get outbreaks on my face? I have tried olive leaf extract, but that has not worked. Thanks. Gregor

Replied by Mr. Ree

Try licorice extract. If you put it on the first day it will go away...Apply it three or 4 times a day...If you wait to get a doctors opinion it will take three day...75% gone the first day...25% the next and completely gone the third day...A bottle cost about $8.95 and NO drugs..

Replied by Karol Elliott

Mr Ree, just to be clear are you suggesting that you can put liquorice extract directly on the eye?

Replied by Smudge

I read recently that organic castor oil drops in the eyes will dissolve cataracts which I am trialling at the moment. Could be worth a try to dissolve scar tissue. Best to do last thing at night as it is quite thick and a little sticky.

Replied by James222
(New Hampshire, US)

For better results try taking ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) orally twice a day, start with the smallest dose and work up, it may take at least a month to see any improvement

Be Well

Replied by Claude
(Montreal, CA)

There's a tcm medication that's worked for generation: Wu Wei xiao Du yin

It's viewed as an imbalance in liver channel, damp heat infection.

Replied by Kim

I'm not sure if you found anything to help with the shingles virus but I have personally applied oil of oregano to any outbreaks and taken it internally as well. It heals any outbreak within a couple hours.

Replied by Linda R.
(Studio City Ca.)

Please don't use DMSO for your eye. DMSO may cause lens changes. DMSO can be used for shingles. You can mix it with Vit C powder or Peroxide and place right on the sores.


DMSO is just fine to use on the eye! If ya use it straight, yeah, it'll hurt like a m.o.f.o., but it would heal you up! Studies have shown that DMSO heals by correcting your dna cells back to what they're supposed to be, so the only lens changes would be good ones. You can verify this stuff online. Namaste.

Replied by Susan

Chlorine Dioxide (MMS) will do it.

Replied by Orh
(Ten Mile , Tn)

Susan, ORH here, the irony of ClO2 is that most bleach pulp mills have a generator that produces up to 30 tons of ClO2 per day. One mill could take care of most of the health ails of the world. I breathed it for many years and too much will kill you, so when we had a leak or a strong residual, we had to don a gas mask. I wish I still had mill contacts that could sneak me a cold jar. We had to chill our water to 40 degrees to keep it stable. It can be explosive. All tanks and towers had explosion lids. So much for the CLO2 lesson.



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Posted by Psyborg (Indianapolis, Indiana) on 08/21/2011

I mix equal parts DMSO and SSKI (Super Saturated K (potasium) Iodide, which is basically Iodine. Google SSKI and see. I apply it several times a day to a scar I have between my knuckles and the scar has gone down from what looked like a dome to almost flat.

Replied by Veritas
(Philadelphia, Pa, Usa)

A few follow up questions for those who've used a combine of 50% DMSO and 50% SSKI.

1) What was the approximate volume applied and is one to rub it in until fully absorbed?
2) What is the duration of treatment I. E. How long did it take to cure the scar?
3) What adverse effects, if any, did you experience e.g. burning sensations during treatment?

Thanks for your response.

Replied by Katzie

Good post. Last month I got my first and only tattoo. It was not wrapped. He showed me the after-tattoo cream, but I knew I could heal it up myself.

I used only Essential Oils to heal up my tatt, which is on the top of my hand and is not large. On the 2nd day I had the worry that it might block my skin from being able to breathe and so did some research - it doesn't. I used mainly Neem Oil, as well as Castor Oil and put it on hourly.

My tatt was only very slightly pink and a little raised, for about 2 days. After that I saw a few minor flakes here & there and it was never sore. Some people have scabs and their skin really peels and flakes, but those people are using lotions and moisturizing creams, instead of healing Essential Oils. As to itching, yeah, it really can, but I took care of that quickly with manuka honey, and so only spent about 10 total seconds itching so far. The itching would've been awful to deal with if I didn't have a way to quickly deal with it. And I only experienced itching about once a week, so I had it easy.

I really feel for people trying to heal new tattoos on their own with only lotions to help! With the use of Essential Oils, and manuka honey (or any local unpasteurized honey if ya can't find manuka), will help heal up your new tatt beautifully and quickly!! I am so glad for this site, as I learned here how important it is to keep wound areas moisturized to help increase cellular turnover which leads to faster healing. Without this knowledge, healing up this tatt would not have been so darn easy, quick and painless.

Healthy healing everybody!

Extreme Moisture

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Posted by Cary (phoenix, Arizona) on 11/01/2007

I have never used bloodroot, however I have read that it can cause scars. Scars such as burn scars are treated by continually keeping the skin moist. Extreme moisture should allow all of the capillaries to grow back to gather fully, thus preventing scar tissue. The point I am making is that if it works for preventing scars for burn victims than it should prevent most other scaring. Keep in mind that what ever you use, it must contain antibacterial properties. Failure to do so my allow the area to become infected with bacteria and other nasty fungus, etc Neosporin and burn creams such as 1% silver sulfadiazine cream are two product that work well. It would also be beneficial if you can cover the area with a thin plastic wrap. Here in the USA we call it saran wrap. Its the same thing they put over a new tattoo. Then a bandage, gauze or ace bandage will hold it in place. DO NOT let a scab form or else it will prevent the capillaries from forming new healthy skin. The scab is what causes the scaring in the first place. I have found that it is ok to let the bandaged area dry out a few hours a day. If the skin starts to harden, that's ok. It should soften up once again after you reapply the ointment and bandage.

Ps. If you have pre existing scar tissue you can use the same method, however it take much linger once the scar has already had time to form. God bless.

Replied by Ellis Garvin
(Haiku, Hi)


I appreciate your suggestions, Cary, but the one about covering skin with plastic wrap went against what I'd heard about skin needing to breath, so I did some quick internet research about it. From what I've read, some tattoo parlors mistakenly tell people to use plastic wrap to cover their new tattoos (so people can see the tattoo without the person needing to remove a bandage to show them.) However, many states make it illegal to use plastic over tattoos due to the higher risk of infection. Also, the The National Tattoo Association and the Alliance of Professional Tattooists prohibit tattoo artists from putting plastic wrap over tattoos because the skin needs to breathe, and plastic wrap traps moisture and heat against the skin and fosters the growth of bacteria which leads to infection.

I hope everyone using this wonderful website is smart and uses critical thinking before trying alternative remedies suggested by a single source. This website has literally saved me hundreds of dollars in doctor bills and much emotional and physical pain, but I still am very careful to cross-check and do further research on any remedy that I find here.

Replied by Hermiticwonderer
(Los Angeles, Ca)

To Ellis -

Thank you for the info! & your right, it is not good to keep a fresh tattoo covered in plastic wrap daily. However, it IS a good idea to have the tattoo artist cover it with the wrap immediately after application UNTIL YOU GET HOME and can properly clean, moisturize & dress it. This keeps out immediate infection and sun exposure.

We have found that using a bee wax based petroleum alternative like waxalene really helps our tattoos heal quickly and the brightest they can be. There is rosemary oil in it which helps cut infection.

Also - AMAZING for scars is Rosehip Seed Oil. I have found a regiment of coconut oil + raw honey on this burn scar I have on my eyelid then followed with rosehip seed oil has really been helping.

Caution using the Rosehip seed oil on tattoos though, my boyfriend just had a bad reaction to a yellow dye and was not sure if he caused it himself by putting the rosehip seed oil on the tat (probably not but you never know).

Good Luck!

Facial Scar Remedies

Posted by Karrie (NC) on 02/23/2019

Hello all,

A few years ago I got into an accident that completely devastated me. I've been doing a lot better mentally lately except this 2.5 inch scar on my face won't budge no matter what I try. I have tried every remedy on this site along with many others with no improvement including: castor oil packs, cocoa butter, vitamin E, coconut oil, banana peels, egg whites, honey, etc.

The scar looks like a knife attack running diagonally down my forehead between my brows and to the mid nose area. If I had money for plastic surgery to get a scar revision I'd probably try that route again. I did get a dermabrasion procedure on the scar a couple years ago that didn't help. Any and all advice would be appreciated. I never posted online about this before, but I noticed this is a very kind, caring community so felt comfortable posting here. Thank you. Karrie

Replied by Art
2089 posts

Karrie, Consider having your doctor help you get your serum 25 OH d level closer to the upper end of the reference range by supplementing with vitamin D-3. The reference range for D-3 is 30 ~ 100 ng/ml. Art


Hi Art, My D3 level was over 60 last time we checked. May I ask how that will help me with the scar? Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Replied by Art
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Keloids are known to have a reduced number of vitamin d receptors (VDRs) and people with keloids often have a relatively low level of 25 OH d. In your case, you are closer to the lower end of the range than the upper end, so you have plenty of room to push it upward with your doctors guidance. Some studies have shown that raising the 25 OH d level can increase VDRs. When you are actively trying to treat something it can be useful to have your serum level closer to the upper end of the range.


Replied by Mama to Many

Dear Karrie,

I have read about comfrey healing even old scars. I use it all the time myself, but have never been diligent enough to try to get rid of old scars. It is a pretty simple and inexpensive thing to try. It promotes cell regeneration. At the least, it should cause no harm to try it.

~Mama to Many~

Fish Oil

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Posted by Art (California) on 07/31/2022 2089 posts

In early June of 2022, I was having a conversation with a friend who I was already working with to try and resolve hyperpigmentation issues of her skin. Progress was slow and she was asking about different supplements that might be helpful. She mentioned that she was taking fish oil (FO) and it didn't seem to be too helpful, even though she had been taking it for years.

I asked her how many milligrams of FO she was taking. She mentioned that she was taking a 1000 milligrams a day of combined DHA/EPA. I mentioned that that might not be the optimal dose for her based on effective dosages used in studies of FO in humans and suggested she consider upping her dose to study levels of EPA/DHA of 3 to 4 grams per day in order to optimize the benefit to her skin and heart. This would be 3 to 4 times the amount she was already taking. It is the total amount of EPA/DHA in a given FO soft gel that is important, not the total amount of different oils. So even though a FO soft gel may say 1200 mg, the actual EPA/DHA level may only be half that amount. It is important to read the label carefully to know what you are really getting.

Obviously the heart benefit will not be readily apparent other than through testing, but I told her that any additional benefit to her skin should be readily apparent within two months or so. I also reminded her that FO at therapeutic dosing such as she was now taking can absolutely have blood thinning effects and as such she should notify her doctor and have him/her add that information to her medical records for safety. I further told her that the high dose FO, because of its anti inflammatory effects should be additionally beneficial to her anti hyperpigmentation regimen as localized inflammation is a contributing factor to skin hyperpigmentation.

This past week, my friend texted me to update me on how she was doing as it was approaching the 2 month mark at her new increased FO dosing level. She said the following, it appears to be additive to her anti hyperpigmentation regimen as she could see increased fading of dark spots which she said had previously slowed to a crawl and she felt that if the current rate of lightening continued she might be "clear" in 3 months or so. She further said that the increased FO dosing schedule had eliminated "all of her dry skin" issues which she said had been a major problem for her for years. She went on to say that "stretch marks, keratosis and scars" that she has had for years had either faded, significantly diminished or both.

Overall she was very happy and looking forward to continued improvements and she said the improvements are helping her to diligently stick to her current regimen with no slacking. I told her that was good that she is applying her regimen consistently because that is needed in order to obtain the results she is getting and wants.

She told me she would update me later and when she does I will update this thread to update on her progress.

I know this is not of very much importance to many people, but it does offer a significant boost to her self esteem which, imo, is very important in trying to improve your overall quality of life, plus the added health benefit that the therapeutic FO dose is having to her heart is great, especially as we age! It is important to highlight the benefits of FO at useful dosing levels as many studies spotlight a multitude of health effects associated with sufficient intake of EPA/DHA, even for the brain!


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