Keloid Treatments and Home Remedies

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List of selected comments and questions/answers

  1. When a keloid might not be a keloid
  2. Keloids that spread / recurring infections
  3. Surgery-related scarring and internal keloids
  4. Can tattoos lead to keloids?
  5. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can lead to irritation
  6. Special precautions when using garlic
  7. Keloid formation is linked to iodine deficiency in diet
  8. Iodine — applying it topically on keloids and ingesting it
  9. Why are most home remedies not sold commercially by pharmaceutical companies?
  10. Itching and pain associated with keloids
  11. How to remove remaining scar tissue after successful keloid treatment

Other keloid remedies and assorted advice/observations

–  Cutting off blood circulation to the keloid by tying it off with a string or rubber band
–  Contractubex gel
–  Healthier diet (more fruits and vegetables)
–  Foods that affect keloids
–  Silicea
–  Kenalog injections and silicone gel sheets
–  Castor oil
–  Tea tree oil
–  Silver nitrate
–  Tips for preventing keloids in the first place
–  Tip for those considering surgery to remove their keloids

Poll (closed) — which keloid treatment method has worked best for you?

What are keloids?

Keloid formation is a topic that desperately requires more medical research and attention. Keloids are scars that have continued to grow past the size of the original wound. Some keloids occur on parts of the body that restrict movement. Some cause pain and itching.

They can afflict people of all races, but tend to occur most frequently across races with darker skin tones like Asians, Hispanics, Italians, and Blacks. The Japanese tend to not have keloid scarring, probably as keloids  are linked to iodine deficiency and the traditional Japanese diet is rich in iodine (seaweed). Keloids may also be hereditary.

Why are keloids so difficult to treat?

Often, keloids grow larger with further injury. Treatments like surgical excisions and lasers can cause keloids to grow even larger.

Keloid treatment is also tricky because results tend to vary across treatments. Treatments like corticosteroid injections have worked well for some people, but made some cases worse, and others to work initially, then rebound.

Some traditional chinese medicine (TCM) have also worked well for some, but not all.

Newly-formed keloids also respond better to treatments than old ones.

Because of these, I can’t recommend anything as being the “definitive treatment”. Instead, I have compiled a list of treatments that have been known to produce results for some. Thus, a combination of treatments may be the best answer.

If you have had success in treating your keloid, please help others with this quick poll on which method worked best for you. 

Commercial treatments that may work

  • Silicone dressing
  • Steroid injections
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Hei Ba Gao paste (TCM/traditional Chinese medicine)
  • Tea tree oil

A lot has already been written online about the above commercial treatments, so I won’t go into further detail here.

Home remedies that may work

  • Make a paste by mixing one part baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and one part 3% hydrogen peroxide. Apply directly on keloid, and reapply as necessary.
  • Apply apple cider vinegar (ACV) on the keloid and let dry. Re-apply every half hour and do this for at least several hours. If ACV is too irritating, you can safely dilute it with water. (Rebecca kindly shared her method of applying ACV here and described her progress here. Her keloid is 2 years old and on her chest. )
  • Make a thick paste by crushing aspirin and mixing it with water. Apply directly on keloid, and reapply as necessary. (Sarah shared her method here, “First crush about 3 aspirin tablets into a powder. Then add only a few drops of water, until the mixture becomes a paste.Apply it on the keloid with a Q-tip and let the mixture dry (about 15-20 minutes) and then wash it off rubbing gently with water. This can be repeated once everyday until the keloid goes away. I only did this twice along with the tea tree oil and it worked. Also, for anyone who just got a piercing, I would highly recommend H2Ocean antiseptic.”
  • Garlic oil or crushed garlic (use with utmost caution and wash off should you feel too much burning!)
  • Potassium Iodide/Iodine is another simple remedy that may work well on keloids. Apply it over the keloid several times a day until you see some flattening. Look for SSKI (Saturated Solution Potassium Iodide) at health food stores and pharmacies. If you cannot obtain SSKI or have difficulty doing so, a weaker substitute can be found in Lugol’s Solution. Lugol’s Solution is a simple mixture of potassium iodide, iodine, and water and can be bought at most aquarium/pet fish stores.

More about iodine

Painting iodine over keloids & iodine supplementation to prevent keloids

There are also claims that topical iodine application (usually used as an antiseptic on cuts and wounds) can minimize scar formation. Iodine has the ability to trigger natural cell death (or apoptosis). Thus, repeat applications of iodine on a lesion causes it to be replaced by new skin.

For more about this, I recommend reading Dr. David Derry’s article. In it, he says, “From my own clinical experience, repeated application of iodine to the skin appears to cause regeneration of the skin from the bottom up (stem cell) — eventually sloughing the old version of the skin off like a snake molting. If there was a pre-cancerous lesion on the old skin, it is replaced with new skin minus the lesion. There does not seem to be any skin lesions which are not helped or cured by this procedure.”

Here is a case study of a housewife (opens a pdf) who was treated with Iodex (an iodine salve). She had an 8cm-long scar which restricted the movement of her toe. After 6 months of using Iodex, she regained a normal range of motion.

As keloid formation is linked to iodine deficiency, ingesting an iodine supplement (e.g. Iodoral) may also help reduce keloid scars from the inside out or prevent them from occuring in the first place. However, if you want to supplement with iodine, I give you this friendly warning: prepare yourself sufficiently first by reading about iodine supplementation and bromism. This is because iodine supplements such as Iodoral will cause some very undesirable detox symptoms including acne and body aches.

Iodine supplementation displaces poisons from your cells such as bromide and heavy metals, leading to a heavy load on your kidneys and liver. Therefore, tread lightly and read up for your own health before starting. Here is an excellent place to start: Iodine and Orthoiodosupplementation

How home remedies help keloids: by treating the infection underneath

The home remedies above are based on the belief that keloids form because there was an infection (viral, bacterial or fungal) left behind when the wound was first created.

Because the infection remained, the body creates excess scar tissue in response to the irritant. This effectively “encases” the problem infection by blocking it off from the rest of the body.

With the thickened scar tissue in place, blood circulation in the keloid becomes much more hindered. This makes it even harder for the body to slowly dissolve the scar on its own – so the keloid remains indefinitely.

And since the root of the infection remains buried underneath, the keloid remains volatile and will continue to produce more tissue should it encounter further damage or injury along the way.

Thus, treating the infection is the crux of the matter when it comes to the home remedy methods.

To jumpstart the breaking down of your keloids, consider fasting. Fasting has numerous health benefits, and can help reduce keloids because without food, your body will scavenge for dead and diseased cells, burning them up for energy. These includes excess collagen and abnormal cells in keloids and hypertrophic scars. Larisa kindly shared about how fasting helped reduce one of her newer keloid scars here (thanks Larisa!).

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List of Selected Comments and Questions/Answers

Over time, this page has gotten a long list of comments. Some of these comments had valuable information in them, but I feared that they might be overlooked by most visitors. So I decided to create this list of more significant comments by topic.

  • I update this list periodically as more comments come in.
  • This section includes extracts of the selected comments for easy reading.
  • Thank You to all the commenters for sharing!

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1. When a keloid might not be a keloid

  • Piercing-related bump

Many people have reported that they developed bumps shortly after getting piercings. Most of the time, these are not keloids but are simply infected bumps. If the bump resembles a blister, is soft to the touch and appear to contain some liquid, then it’s probably not a keloid. These piercing-related bumps can still be treated with the remedies though, and several have reported good results using ACV and sea salt soaks.

Chris said, “I just got a double eye brow piercing 2 months ago, within the last 2 days i noticed something that might be a keloid. He also said it “seems to be fairly soft to the touch, it has a bit of give when pressed lightly, it seems possible that it does contain fluids.”

Karen said, “It has been about a month that I’ve have a keloid on my tragus from a piercing I believe I did not clean well. Another keloid started to grow on the other side of the original keloid, so it was in my ear. Two days ago, the inside keloid “popped” blood…”.

Within a week Karen reported back to say that her bump had shrunk after her sea salt soaks, “My bump shrunk to half its size with the soaking! However, the bump on the inside of my ear is slowly growing back.”

Paulina commented with, “I just got my tongue re-pierced about 5 days ago and i have a small bump next to my piercing. i went back to the place where i got it done and they said it could be a keloid”

Mel said, “I’ve had my ear pierced for over 8 years now. I have a keloid on my right ear which is quite large. I am going to see a plastic surgeon next month to have it removed. That keloid developed soon after I first got the piercing. I have not worn an earing in either ear in close to 7 years. However I’ve noticed yesterday that the other ear, which has been fine all these years, has a small bump that is a bit painful. I am terrified that a keliod might be forming there as well.” She later reported that ACV successfully removed the growing bump on her other ear.

sam said, “i had piercing 4 yrs. ago, then my ear got infected because the piercing created a wound when i was about to put my earrings in, then after that i didn’t wore my earrings anymore but after a few weeks a bump in the back of my ear started to grow then after a few months it became larger and larger and and up to this time its about 6x the size of what wasst back then, is the bump in the back of my ear a keloid or something else”

Kirsty said, “I had my nose pierced approx 5 weeks ago and it has healed pretty well up until the last week or so where now it has raised skin up around half of the edge of the stud and bleeds a little now and then when I clean it. Its seems soft to the touch and similarly resembles that of a blood blister.” She later gave an update to say that it was an infected bump and not a keloid and that she successfully treated it with Betadine (Betadine is an over-the-counter iodine-based antiseptic). She said, “Every night since then I have applied it and it scabbed bit by bit and the lump has completely healed up apart from some slight redness which I put down to it being a fairly new piercing still. I now believe it was a small infection and Betadine is developed to heal that type of thing.”

  • Hypertrophic/raised scars

Faye said “I have a scar that formed on my nostril after a scratch and the scar itself wont heal. It’s not a scab that forms, but it seems like overgrowth of flesh colored skin that can be picked off like a scab. On the occasions that it is picked off, there’s a small area that looks like an unhealed cut. The skin under the “scab” forms a small bump and it’s the same color as the rest of the skin.”

2. Keloids that spread / recurring infections

Marie first shared about her keloids that would get better then “return with a vengence”. Her steroid injections were not helpful and antibiotics didn’t work. Marie later kindly commented again to report that her recurring infections has stopped after using ACV twice a day. The keloid remains but there has been a “slight flattening” to it. It is also less red and itchy.

Marie reported back her results after using the ACV method for about 6-7 months. The keloids on her chest are now lighter in colour and the recurring infections have ceased. Althought her keloids are not getting smaller, they are also not getting bigger. She also advised other users of the ACV method not to rub in the ACV but just pat it on and around the keloid.

She later came back with her long-term results and experience from using ACV, in that ACV has stopped working as her keloid has grown immune to it.

Marie wrote, “ACV helps during the initial weeks but the keloid has since turned immune to ACV. Every now and then the keloid on my chest ooze pus and it can get extremely painful. Seen G.P. and was given antibiotic on many occasions. I have also developed an immunity to antibiotics. Eventually I was referred to consult a skin specialist at the renowned National Skin Centre.

The Specialist told me there are two sinus tracks that where the pus is oozing from. Two cultures were taken with no bacteria found. The last option is to laser the keloid and try and clean out the tracks and hopefully keloid would grow and cover the tracks.

So with no other option, I went through a very painful laser procedure just yesterday. The laser itself was alright, its the first 3 injections and pressing the keloid to rid the sec of pus that really hurts. I will probably have to go for follow-up kenacort injections in the coming months which I dread. The Prof. who did the laser said he is not sure if this will help. So I can only look towards God for a miracle.”

Laura wrote, “I have had keloids on my chest for several decades. Originally they were both sebaceous cysts that were removed by a dermatologist, that had become keloids. Following that I had them reincised by a plastic surgeon, which only served to create two larger keloids. They tried giving me an androgen block creme, and later, cortisone injections (in the chest which I do NOT recommend); it was EXTREMELY painful!

Eventually, one of them flattened out a bit, but the hole of the injection site is still visible. I can’t say that It really helped, and now I will not do anything that is not a natural treatment. Over the years, I can say that I have had the redness of these scars seem to have MIGRATED across my chest/breast area. One previously whole scar, had now split into two smaller, red scars, with “normal” skin in between. It is very strange. As the scar tissue is quite dense, I try to massage the scars, though it is uncomfortable, but am hoping to help break up the dense tissue.

I should say that originally these mostly came about from “picking”. Though some of the migrated ones just came up out of what appears to be nowhere.”

3. Surgery-related scarring and internal keloids

Merlin developed internal keloids from surgery to remove uterine fibroids. She writes, “I did surgery to remove fibroids and a year after my surgery, I started to develop this swelling which became very painful especially during my menstrual cycle. Over the past years, it has become very hard and it’s only on one side of the cut that I have it.”

Amy’s keloids came from a mastoidectomy, or surgery behind the ear. She said “I have a round “growth” or “swelling” behind my earlobe – in the part that connects the head to the ear. It is soft, not hard like a sebaceous cyst (which I suffer from on other parts of my body). This feels like a water blister at first touch, but if you press more is a bit harder than softer. I am diabetic.

1) My derm said it was a cyst.

2) My ENT said it was a “skin infection”. He said there was nothing to drain. Put me on antibiotics 2x a day 300 mg. ”

Ruth developed keloids accompanied with pain following several knee surgeries. She said “I have had several operations on my knee (years ago) and as a result I had developed a lot of scar tissue (keloids?) in there. I also have Chondromalacia. I have had pain in my knee since the operations.”

Joanna had keloids following a skin graft. Her keloids formed both on the donor site (her calf) and the recipient site (her thigh). She said “I had a skin graft done about six months ago on my calf and the donor skin was from the side of my thigh. Now I have Keloids on both of the wounds and the donor skin on the side of my thigh is 3×4 inches big and it is all Keloids. Before I had problems with the donor side I used Mederma and a had a bad reaction to it. So, afterwords my doner side was very itchy, red and had a bumpy texture.”

Mark’s keloids formed internally following spinal fusion surgery and are threatening to choke his nerve root sheaths. He said “Four months ago, I had Spinal Fusion Surgery. Now I am told that there is Keloid Scarring building up inside my back. Eventually it will choke off the nerve root sheaths. An MRI shows that the scar tissue is already to dense to differentiate between the scar or nerve tissue. Subsequently… no surgery possible.”

If anyone has any information that can help Mark, pls share it with us through the comments.

Wayne developed keloids following an otoplasty, or surgery to pin back the ears. He writes, “I had me ears pinned back when I was 11 (28 now) and have had about 8 ops to remove the keloids surgically, they reform every time and continue growing…”

4. Can tattoos lead to keloids?

Merlin asked, “could Keloids develop with Tattoos, as I am contemplating of getting one done.”

My answer: Yes, tattoos can cause keloids if you’re prone to getting them. If you do decide to get a tattoo, be sure to take extra precautions to avoid infection during the critical healing period. Keloid formation is also tied to iodine deficiency, so it’s a good idea to take iodine supplements prior to getting the tattoo and for some time after.

Alek mentioned his own experience post-tattoo, “i have got something like keloid after having my tattoo done, the flowers with red ink got swollen, n kinda hard, ,black ink doesn’t, its been like this for 3 months, please tell me what should i do?”

If anyone has experience with tattoo scarring and healing, please share any insights you have.




5. Apple Cider Vinegar can lead to irritation

(solution: dilute the ACV with water)

Apple Cider Vinegar applied on the skin can sting and lead to redness as it is quite acidic. To minimize any discomfort and the risk of further injury, it might be necessary to dilute your ACV with some water and/or reducing the number of daily applications. Sometimes a break may also be necessary to give the skin time to rest and heal.

Ian writes, “I tried using ACV and following your advise to another person applied it overnight to the affected area soaked into cotton wool. Unfortunately this resulted in a slight “burning” of the surrounding skin, leaving it very inflamed and dry.”

filly wrote “i have tried both apple cider vinegar and baking soda/hydrogen peroxide and it has some effect on my keloid. I found that after using acv it started to dry out my keloid, but also got my keloid very irritated to the point that it has grew a bit bigger. the acv is very harsh on the skin and it gives u a stinging sensation.”

filly’s 2nd comment: “after 3 days of ACV application on my keloid i can see something happening i have noticed that the color of my keloid has changed from darker red to lighter red and also it has gone softer. now im hoping that it will flatten my keloid after a month. i got to admit that it actually burns and sting when you use ACV. my theory is that when you use ACV its actually burning or cooking the keloid. its like applying a vinegar to a raw meat it will eventually will cook the meat.”

Amir used ACV pretty aggressively. He wrote, “I have been reapplying the ACV on the keyloid around 5-6 times per day, After the 1st day, every time I reapply the ACV, the keyloid stings for a while and gets kind of an intense sting at times, although I am bearing it. Occasionally, the keyloid bleeds as soon as I apply ACV on it. Also, the keyloid sometimes has some clear liquid forming on it. I just wipe it off and reapply the ACV again. I’ve noticed that some scabs have formed on the keyloid. I think it has flattened some, and narrowed as well, although it is hard to tell. It does appear to be breaking down however, as some parts of the keyloid are scabbed and some skin has “burned” off as the keyloid isn’t smooth anymore. Some places on the keyloid, it seems like more skin has “burned” off. Another thing is that the keyloid is more sensitive to pain. It slightly hurts when I touch the keyloid. And putting normal t-shirts on irritates the keyloid as the shirt is rubbing on it. It itches more often, and is more volatile, by giving those sudden twinging pains that those who have keyloids KNOW what I’m talking about. I just hope and pray that this ACV is working, because I do perceive the keyloid to be shrinking.”

Sharon Brown wrote, “I saw the comments about the apple cider vinegar and decided to try it. At first the keloid on my ear began to look so irritated, I almost stopped. I was putting a soaked cotton ball on it and used a band aid to hold it in place. The vinegar actually is dissolving the keloid, within one week my keloid is half the size it used to be.”

Chris wrote “I decided to try the ACV method (also drinking 2 tablespoons a day). I use a q-tip and just run it along my keloids on my jaw. It stings for a little while, but it’s not unbearable. I do this about 10 times a day. The keloids seem to have dried out, but they’ve also become very red”

Felix wrote, “I place a cotton ball with ACV behind my ear on the keloid and tape it in place. What I have noticed (I have been doing this for only a day) is that this seems to only make the keloid worse (maybe my imagination but I cannot be sure I’m already self-conscious enough about this).”  Felix also talks about how his keloid tends to act up in winter. One year later, Felix kindly came back to share his update here where he also gave more details about the effect of the weather/changing temperature has on his keloid.

Amanda gave a detailed account of using ACV over 5 weeks. So far, her 7-year old keloid has shrunk and flattened. She also gives some tips and advice.

She wrote:

Hi everyone,
I have to say thankyou to Sam, and the contributing members. I am a keloid sufferer myself, my case isn’t as severe though. I just thought I would contribute my story because I promised myself that IF one of the remedies suggested here works on minimizing or leaves no trace of my keloid, I would comment. And, so here I am.
Anyways my keloid is approximately 1.5cm wide, the thickness I would say 0.5cm and is located on my chest. My keloid is 7 years old, had it since I was 15 and now I am 22. In the duration of ‘on and off’ again treatment of ACV (apple cider vinegar – ‘Cornwells premium ACV’ 100% natural) for 2 months, it has shrunk to 1cm in width and has flattened a little out. Here’s my procedure:
1) Rip a cotton ball in half, stretch it out so that it covers your keloid completely. Make sure that the cotton you’ve stretched out isn’t too thick, because in that case the cotton ball WILL be eating up the ACV rather than your keloid!
2) Dip the cotton in ACV, make sure its not drenched. You don’t want it dripping on your skin, but you do want it wet enough. What I do is because my ACV is in a glass bottle and has an opening of 2cm wide, I just place the cotton on the opening and tip the bottle slightly to get the cotton wet enough. (Try to make sure that your cotton has some dry sections so that you can place sticky tape onto your skin properly to hold it in place on the keloid).
3) Place cotton onto keloid, use sticky tape to hold it in place.
4) Once the cotton is dried up (usually close to 1 hr or so), replace the cotton and do the whole procedure again throughout the day, and when it comes to night just leave it on till morning.
*Note: This procedure won’t work for everyone, but of course there is hope that it will. Persistance is the key, so keep trying and do NOT give up. I think this is a better solution than going for surgery or injections because it’s inexpensive and it is of course natural. By the way, these procedures are just an outline, you can do the application however you want to do it, the objective is to have ACV on the keloid.
My first few experiences in about a week of continuous treatment. What I did notice was that my keloid tingled and was looking more pinky-red and had little circular pus like growths underneath the skin. Also my healthy skin was affected by the ACV as well, because I drenched my cotton in ACV and taped it drenched. So that was a lesson to be learnt! And, signs of laziness lol.
Second week, I left the keloid alone because it started to swell, and plus I didn’t want to further damage my healthy skin. What I did do was clean it with water and then WIPED it with ACV and left it alone to aerate.
Third week, I did the whole procedure again, yet it wasn’t as consistent as the first week. Yes I saw improvement, the pus-like undergrowth surfaced had popped itself and left a little hole in the keloid. During the third week, for some reason I started to experiment and poked the keloid with a pin which I doused in ACV prior to doing that. It hurt, but I didn’t care, my mentality was to just get rid of it. The next morning after that, it was swollen and it hurted. But nothing that I couldn’t handle. What I did was just put ice on it to stop the swelling. It went down and after that I left it to recover for 2 days only.
Fourth week, keloid was turning black and was scabbing. I was very excited indeed. On-off application once again. (I get lazy, plus I had exams to study for). During that week, scab fell off and it turned yellowy-white looking, and looked smaller as well.
Fifth week till now, I don’t put it on as frequent as the earlier days, probably 3 times weekly or less. Progress of keloid continues to improve with each week. I will update you guys if you want, but everything seems to be going to plan. Outcome: keloid = dead. lol
In conclusion, I would say do give it a try. And, you know DON’T put ACV on when you’re going out, because you do smell funny. My sister said the ACV made me smell like BAD FEET ODOUR LOL. Which I thought to myself, “yeah right”. I thought I smelt like salt and vinegar chips instead… apparently not as my mum thought the same thing as my sister! But yeah weekend and night time application is good enough to keep continually killing the keloid. Be patient, and take note of what you see and feel, because you are the one who can determine whether it is working for you or not. So you know, common sense says if your keloid is swelling up or inflamed, give it a break from ACV. And, when you do go out, well since mine is on my chest I first wipe it down with ACV, then put a bandaid on it. When I come home, I shower then re-apply as normal again.
Anyways I hope this helps all you lot out, my voice is just to confirm the suggested application on this site has contributed to the ‘downsizing’ of my keloid. =)

Amanda later followed up with another update and a recommendation for a balm called Agnijith:

Hey guys! I’m back again. I stopped using ACV, as I ran out of it. As I stopped it grew back again. Filling up the holes the ACV made, its still the same size as it was without the ACV, thank goodness. Although I would have preferred if it just disappeared altogether. Anyways, I’ve found something that is a reasonable price it is from India. I happened to stumble across this website.

It’s a balm called AGNIJITH. It treats burns, keloids etc. Heres the website http://www.padanjaly.com/medicine.htm. I do believe in this product, as I have this little protruding scar from an insect bite and I just applied Agnijith balm for the heck of it for one day. And…surprisingly next morning, its noticeably flatter. So guys this is a natural remedy, and I recommend you do check out the website, it sounds very promising. It cost me 76.38 Australian dollars, it is priced at $75 US for 90 Gms, which I believe is quite reasonable. Check out the testimonials, read the articles etc.

I know all of you guys were hopeful regarding ACV, it did help, but its quite impractical for me to walk around stinking like foot odour all day long lol. But, guys I know how you are all feeling, and it is disappointing to find out it didnt really work, but then again, who knows ACV may work for you as it has for others.

All the best to everyone, and I’ll inform you guys on my Agnijith balm progress on my keloid. BTW I am not advertising their products, I am just helping you guys seek other alternatives. I will get back to you guys within a months time, or even sooner than that!

Deb wrote “…I bought some Apple Cider Vinegar and applied it on my scar at night, reapplying with a cotton bud once dry. I would also dab a bit of cotton wool with ACV and tape it to my 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 and sting but I knew the irritation was from the scar being broken down so kept at it. Eventually the ACV broke down the my whole 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…It took about 4/5 days to notice that the ACV was working. At times it did feel like it was getting worse as the scar would swell and start to pus in different places on the scar but this would eventually scab and fade after bathing…For now I would say that ACV was a God send and I just can’t believe I never knew about this earlier in my life. “

6. Take special care when using garlic on skin

Terri asked, “What do you mean by using caution on pressed garlic or garlic oil? Is some burning ok?”

My advice about using garlic as a home remedy was: “Raw garlic on the skin can be extremely harsh and needs to be monitored carefully. Some mild stinging localized on the keloid is okay and can be expected, but overuse easily injures the surrounding skin and the keloid itself (can lead to bleeding if left on too long, its that powerful).

If you do use garlic, protect the healthy skin around the keloid with a layer of Vaseline or other skin oil. It’s also best to take it very slow in the beginning so you’re able to understand its strength and effects first.”

7. Keloid formation is linked to iodine deficiency in diet

Terri was fearful of developing keloids following cataract surgery and wanted to know what she could do to minimize the chances of getting one as she is prone to getting them.

My advice to her was, “If you find that you’re prone to getting keloids, your body might be lacking in the mineral iodine. You can check with a very simple patch test – paint a circle of brown iodine over an area of your skin, like your inner arm or stomach. If the color disappears in less than 24 hours (i.e. your skin sucks it up), you’re iodine deficient.

Thus, its a good idea to get your iodine levels to a healthy point again prior to any surgery (or any type of skin injury for that matter) to prevent new keloids from forming. One way to do this is by painting your skin with iodine each day until you find that the color stays on the skin for 24 hours and longer.”

8. Applying iodine on a keloid and ingesting iodine

Scott kindly shared his initial experience in using iodine topically and through a supplement. After 1-2 months, his results are very encouraging. He wrote the following:

“Iodine Seems to be Working! Hey everyone, I’ve read every bit of information on this site up and down. I’ve had a keloid scar on my chest for over 2 years, which came from acne (I believe). It started out as a very small bump, but has grown to a nickel sized red lump. It has really driven me crazy, I’m pretty self conscious about it. I promised myself if I ever found something that seemed to be working, I’d post about it here!

I’ve had it injected several times, but It never seemed to do much. I’ve also tried scarguard silicone gel, with little results.

I read about using Iodine, as potassium iodide, and thought I’d give it a try. I purchased a product called Liqui-Dulse. It’s a liquid iodine supplement you’re supposed ingest it by putting it in a glass of water, but I apply it straight to the Keloid topically. It’s key ingredients are Glycerin, Water, Dulse Palmaria Palmala and Potassium Iodide.

I put a few droplets on the keloid, then massage it in for several minutes. Then I put a few more drops on, cover it with a band-aid then go about my day like normal. Two or three times a day, or whenever I think about it, I pull the band-aid back, apply 3-4 more drops, then re-apply the band-aid.

After the past month or so of doing this, for the first time ever I see a difference in my Keloid!

The edges are softening, and diameter is shrinking. The redness is calming down. And one particular section of the Keloid (which gives me the most hope) has almost totally flattened AND new healthy skin appears to have grown over it! This healthy skin patch started out small, but has grown and covered about a 5th of the keloid. It grew to this size in about 2 weeks. The healthy skin seems to be continuing to grow.

Just thought I’d share this!

Also, for about 2 months I’ve been taking a multivitamin that contains 100% daily value of iodine and Vitamin E capsules. It’s hard to say which treatment is helping more… but I can say that the “healthy skin patch” never started growing until I applied the Liqui-Dulse.”

9. Why most home remedies are not sold commercially by pharmaceutical companies

Nowayz‘s question was “does ACV truly helps? why i surf so many webs but none of professionals said dat can use ACV?”.

My response was, “You won’t find home remedies being promoted by pharmaceutical companies even if they work because these natural ingredients cannot be patented. No patent=No massive profits to be made.”

(Nowayz also later reported success in the drying of his keloid.)

10. Itching and pain commonly associated with keloids (and when first using the remedies)

Emma wrote, “my keloids are in the chest, and they often itch. My keloids are caused by acne and pressed strongly by the nurse to let the thing in the acne out, but she did not succeed.”

Jules wrote, “My case is very similar to Dina’s – my keloid is on my chest, about 1 and a half centimetres wide and the same in length. It’s a dark pink colour, can get very itchy (especially after I drink) and hurts for no reason. I’ve had it since before 2003. I’m in my early 20s and it’s been a nightmare trying to find clothes that will hide it as nearly everything is v-necked and low-cut!”

Jules also kindly reported back later after using ACV, “I’ve been using ACV about 3 or 4 times a day, and it stings a little sometimes but not as badly as I mentioned before. My scar feels different now, it’s a little softer and I’ve noticed it’s flatter in the mornings (though this might also have been the case before i started using ACV). The big change is that the occasional sharp pains and itching have mainly disappeared, which is fantastic.”

11. How to remove remaining scar tissue after successful keloid treatment

Jules first wrote to ask if keloids can ever fully disappear, “…I am really keen to try the ACV after hearing what people have said. I understand that not everything will work for everyone, but I was wondering how much I can expect the scar to die down? Can it ever fully disappear? “

I responded, “If the remedies work you can expect some flattening and an improvement in the color. The itch should also be gone. However, there might remain scar tissue from the original wound, so that it would resemble a regular hypertrophic (raised) scar.

Jules later came back with an update to say that ACV has helped with her keloid’s pain and itching. She wrote, “I’ve been using ACV about 3 or 4 times a day, and it stings a little sometimes but not as badly as I mentioned before. My scar feels different now, it’s a little softer and I’ve noticed it’s flatter in the mornings (though this might also have been the case before i started using ACV). The big change is that the occasional sharp pains and itching have mainly disappeared, which is fantastic. Let’s hope I will see some change in the appearance as well.”

More on reducing scars (updated April 2011):

I had previously recommended using copper peptide creams to reduce (and possibly remove) leftover scar tissue. However, after using castor oil for several months on some very old and tough scars, I have to say that castor oil appears to work just as well at reducing scars (and maybe even better).

Castor oil is also much cheaper than copper peptide products and is all-natural (no chemicals). I’ve actually managed to remove a deep burn scar using castor oil (before-and-after photos).

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jo asked me about copper peptides and how they can reduce scar tissue, when it is stated that they increase collagen formation. This led me to do some research.

I replied: “Hi jo, that’s actually a very good question. I don’t know the mechanics of it well enough to give you a proper explanation, but I think copper peptides may work to replace the excess collagen (type 1 & 3 collagen) in keloids with the healthy type over time.

I also found this in Roenigk & Roenigk’s dermatologic surgery (By Randall K. Roenigk, Henry H. Roenigk), which you might find interesting:

“Excessive collagen deposition is a hallmark of keloids. Keloid scars are composed of both Type I and Type III collagen… The collagen cross-linking in keloidal scars has been shown to be abnormal. This has been postulated to be due to a decrease in lysyl oxidase activity. This enzyme is copper dependent, and keloids have been shown to be copper deficient.

Additionally keloidal collagen is more acid soluble than normal dermal collagen. The collagen found in keloids is less mature and less stable than that found in normal skin.”

I’m not sure if the “copper deficiency” part means anything or is just a coincidence… but regardless, it seems that not all collagen are alike.

The above is just an extract. If you want to read it in fuller detail, there’s a preview of this page in Google Books, page 612. “

Other keloid remedies recommended by commenters

Cutting off the blood circulation to the keloid by tying it off with a string

Read earloid’s comment that first mentioned this method.

Taquaya commented that she tried tying off her keloid with string for 3 days and the results were so painful that she had to go to the emergency department.

She wrote, “I have not so good news. I always knew the string method was painful, but after 3 days of little sleep and excruciating pain, I had to remove the string to see what changes my skin was undergoing. The keloid is very tender and swollen now. In my eyes it looks worse than before.

To top that of, the skin surrounding the keloid was rubbed RAW. It is so painful that my eyes often fill with tears. I’ve been forced to make an emergency appointment with my doctor. Over the counter pain-killers are doing nothing for the pain. I’ve started stressing and losing my appetite because of the agony and discomfort. Even though I was applying Tea Tree oil and Vitamin E oil to the skin, it still got swollen, inflamed, and possibly infected.

My keloid was bothering me before all this, but it is killing me now. All I wanted was to get this thing off. I hope my doctor gives me something to combat infection and something STRONG to ease the pain.

I was a fool to believe that because some people had success using the string method that I too would be able to endure the pain and trauma to the skin. For those who are considering the string method, don’t do it. It is a long painful process. I just took a bad situation and made it 10x worse.”




Claudius had a more positive experience with this method. He said: “Tying a string around the base of the keloid really does work, it is severely painful but effective. I tie it around the keloid on both of my ears in 2 weeks they fell off, & my earlobes r not hard so nothing is growing back. Once I got the keloid on my left ear remove for $600 and it grow back twice the size, becuz my earlobes was hard after they remove it, so it was still there and then I got it on both ears & they wanted $3000 to remove them, so I tie a string around the keloid and bear with the pain for 2 week. It is worth the pain not $3000 the string cutts into the keloid & it bleeds a little so don’t be scared just try it, it worked 4 me.”

‘hold in there’ warned that while this method was painful, it eventually caused his keloid to dry and fall off.

He said: “I have had a keloid for 6 years. I had surgery to remove it 3 years ago and continued with the cortizone shots-both were painful. It grew back and continued to grow.

I decided to use the string method. Now the string method was not pretty and it did take a month to complete the process. It took longer because to avoid infection, I retied and applied cortizone every night. Yes, sometimes when the string is tied it can be painful, but eventually the keloid started drying and fell off. It has only been a few weeks and I am currently monitoring the progress. I can say that during my last doctor visit he pretty much left me with no other recourse.

P.S. I have tried the ACV method with no results. Will keep you up to date.”

In 2010, Destyni successfully removed a keloid on her right ear after six weeks. One year later, she returned to report her success with removing the remaining keloid on her left ear (scroll down to read all her comments in chronological order).

On 12 May 2010, she commented: “my right keloid is GONE! It took 6 weeks. 3 days ago it turned extremely black and hard and was hanging by a thin layer of “ear meat” i cut it with scissors. I didnt even feel a pinch. 1 keloid down.. 1 to go!!”

On 18 June 2010, she kindly shared some before-and-after pictures of her keloid after using the string method.

“i cant believe its actually gone. there is a rash on my neck from all the dried up blood that accumulated every night while sleep. anyway.”

Destyni’s before-and-after photos:
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Throughout her journey, she gave some helpful progressive updates as well.

11 April 2010
i have a keloid on each of my ears. Very big and ugly.
I am currently on day 6 of the string method. Let me first say IT HURTS LIKE HELL. its very hard to sleep and i get headaches frequently. i have changed the string once. i noticed 2 days ago the keloid is starting to detach itself from my ear. so i cleaned the open area with mild soap and warm water and tied another string which was the worst pain ive yet to experience. I have had these keloids for about 6 years. I am tired of having to wear long hair to cover them. im hoping that by summer, they will be long gone and i can wear my hair in a pony tail. I will keep updating and possibly providing before and AFTER photos.

oh and let me add, my keloids are starting to leak and i have minimal bleeding and the leakage has an awful smell. But if this works, it will all be worth it

15 April 2010
Day 10 of stringing my keloids. the one on my right ear is literally hanging by just a few strands, its also turning black. It could fall off at any minute. i want to re-string it but it is so painful and tender. the left one is still loosening but slower than the right. Either way neither of them are really attached to my ear much. The process i say is about 85% complete. i give “tying a string around the keloid” an A. and once they fall off it gets an A+. I am SO happy i found this site.

In 2011, Destyni came back to share her success with removing the remaining keloid on her left ear. This time, instead of taking six weeks, the process took only 5 days, which she attributes to her use of a rubber band instead of string.

8 April 2011
Hi guys! Last year i had great success on one of my keloids with the string method. Thank you to the owner of this site for putting my progress on the main page. Hope it helped someone.
I was stringing both of my keloids on each ear at the same time last year, but that pain was just too unbearable on BOTH sides of my head. So i worked with the right keloid and got that off. Havent gotten around to the left one until now. This time i am using the rubberband method and i will say it is ALOT faster than the string. The first day hurt ALOT more with the band vs the string but the rubberband is killing the keloid so much faster. I am currently on day 4 and this lil creature is already almost dead. I will share pictures from beginning to end.
Here are days 1-4
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Get’s a little graphic on day 4.
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9 April 2011
Here we are.. barely day 5 and I AM KELOID FREE!!!
Its 4:21am. I was just about to clean my keloid and change the rubberband, but as i took the band off i noticed the keloid was just hanging there so i cut the little piece of skin which didnt hurt AT ALL because it was dead. I have photos. Which are VERY graphic i took them immediately after i cut the keloid. I cant believe this thing was on my EAR! yucky. Any questions, id be glad to help.
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Thank you Destyni for sharing so much of your experience.  I’m sure it will help many others.

Destyni also has a YouTube channel called “destynihoney”, which chronicles her journey to being keloid-free.

Contractubex gel (from Germany)

khosbhoo used this gel for her burns. She wrote, “initially I applied contratubex gel (from Germany). it has decreased a lot. I mean 90% has gone (this medicine is a miracle) but I had to massage it regularly.”

Healthier diet (more fruits and veggies)

Sarah noticed that her keloids improved following a change in her diet. She wrote, “Over the last few months i have been drinking 3-4 cups of green tea with lemon, pomegranates (read the health benefits in Wikipedia) and increased the amount of fruit and vegetables I usually consume. from all these things I have noticed a big difference in the size of them and some even appear lighter. I do understand everyone is different but you never actually know this could work for you.

Sarah later came back with an update about her progress and also about her diet, “Hey guys its me again…so I’ve been away for a few months, but thought i should just comment on the progress of my situation with keloid scars..as i mentioned previously, green tea with lemon has seemed to work for me. I have recently included the following fruits and vegetables in my diet; tomatoes (plum and cherry in particular), avocado, bell peppers and sweet potatoes…and not only do i feel a lot better but my keloids have definitely minimized in size.”

Thanks for sharing, Sarah! If anyone else has had improvements to their keloids following a change in diet, please do share.

Foods that affect keloids

carolyn wrote, “I noticed that whenever I eat sugary foods, it grows or itches more. I just noticed this the other day and I wanted to see if foods or drinks can affect them or make them worse.”

rizwan wrote how red meat makes his keloids itch more, “I have keloid scars for about 15 years now… only thing i can recommend that try to eat more veg and fruits and don’t eat red meat coz when i eat red meat my keloid scars itches more .”

Jules wrote that her keloid itches more after drinking (alcoholic beverages), “My keloid is on my chest, about 1 and a half centimetres wide and the same in length. It’s a dark pink colour, can get very itchy (especially after I drink) and hurts for no reason.”

Anonymous wrote that white pepper causes his keloids to become very itchy. He also noted that his keloids grows/shrinks with his weight.

Silicea

Irene’s father had a keloid that was infected with pus that wasn’t helped by steroid injections or antibiotics. She wrote how using Silicea helped:

“My father has a long keloid across his chest. For several years, it got infected with lots of pus. Steroid injections and antibiotics didn’t help. I put him on the biochemical tissue salts called Silicea for a few months. This prompted the keloid to discharge pus from several holes for a few weeks which was quite scary. After all this drained out, the problem has not occurred again, and the keloid has flattened out. Hope this will help somebody.”

Kenalog injections and Cica Care silicone gel sheets

Anonymous reported that his keloids “flattened and are less visible” with Kenalog injections and Cica Care gel sheets.

Castor oil

Nancy wrote that castor oil (Wikipedia link) made a difference to her keloid, which formed from a chicken pox scar.

She said, “I have since then tried castor oil after reading up on the web. It seems to have made a difference.”

Castor oil has many amazing healing properties which is perhaps helped by its ability to deeply penetrate skin and tissue. My research into castor oil has revealed many benefits of using castor oil, including its ability to break down scar tissue over time, which may make it helpful for keloids and internal surgical scarring.

You can read more about castor oil in these articles:

  1. a good introduction on castor oil
  2. using castor oil for scars
  3. and from my own experience, I’ve healed a deep burn scar using castor oil (see before-and-after-photos)

Tea tree oil

Anna tried ACV but had better luck using tea tree oil on her keloids, which are a few years old.

She says, “…slowly but surely stuff is happening, it’s peeling off, the keloid cells are dying, and eventually it should fall off…”

Silver nitrate

Iceni wrote that silver nitrate prescribed by a doctor is helping an infection and keloid on his little toe dry up. Iceni wrote, “Apparently this was a common anti- biotic way back to Egyptian times until after the first World War.But it came into disuse with the advent of modern antibiotics. I believe its efficacy is being studied again for use in humans. It is non toxic and apparently bacteria do not become resistant to it. Hope this helps someone.”

Tips for preventing keloids in the first place

Tip #1 – Cover small wounds for a few days

Anonymous advised, “The most important is once when you have any very small wounds, you have to put plastic bandages on it immediately for few days”

Tip #2 – Press down on newly-forming keloids

Rachel said, “I have a few keloids on my shoulder and have started getting a few on my chest, but right when i saw them forming, I applied pressure and pushed down on them and they are gone! It hurt like hell, but nothing on my chest! However, i still have the ones on my shoulders. =/ I really wish they would find a cure or solution that is definite! It is really is embarrassing! So next time you see one starting to come in, press down continually, and it will eventually fade. I had read online a while back that it worked for someone so i tried it and it did! Hope this helps!”

Tip #3 – Keloid formation is linked to iodine deficiency. Read about iodine and how it can help.

Tip for those considering surgery to remove their keloids

Anna kindly shared some advice from her dermatologist for those considering surgery to remove their keloids: if the surgeries are on problem areas that are susceptible to keloid formation, then the surgical incisions should be closed with a laser rather than traditional stitches as these could lead to stretching and further irritation, making post-op keloid formation on the surgical scar more likely.

Poll (closed in June 2013)

Terry suggested that a poll could be helpful in finding out the most effective method to treat keloids. I thought this was a great idea.

845 Replies to “Keloid Treatments and Home Remedies”

  1. I had a keloid scar that formed as a result of chicken pox scar. As I got older I got more keloids. Then I had a c-section and formed a scar there. now I’m scared that I have keloids internally and how it affects subsequent pregnancies. Someone told me that castor oil helps break up scars. I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of that….

    1. My doctor told me that keloid don’t form internally. I have had two c-sections. My c-section keloid is thick, but seems to have stopped growing.

    2. Even I have keloids formed from chicken pox on both my shoulders.I realy do not know how to tackle this problem.Have you taken any medication or tried to remove them surgically?

      1. I have since then tried castor oil after reading up on the web. It seems to have made a difference. For my chicken pox, I’m going to try other recipes I found on the web (was it on this website?). Bought the apple cidar vinegar already. Just havn’t had time to actually do it.

  2. Hi I have had an infection and keloid on my little toe for almost 2 months. Finally a Doc. has treated it with silver nitrate and it is drying up.
    Apparently this was a common anti- biotic way back to Egyptian times until after the first World War.But it came into disuse with the advent of modern antibiotics. I believe its efficacy is being studied again for use in humans. It is non toxic and apparently bacteria do not become resistant to it. Hope this helps someone.

  3. hi iceni..can you please tell what amount of silver nitrate did he use…thanks in advance..can anybody give some more info on use of silver nitrate on keloids??

  4. I have a few keloids on my chest(I’m a male). I’ve tried freezing, steroids, and hydrocortisone injection, and nothing seems to work. However, my keloids have gradually flattened naturally and lightened in color, although it does take several years. I’m just hoping I won’t get any more keloids and try not to scar my chest. I’m not going to try any treatments because in my opinion they don’t take off the keloids and might even make the problem worse.

  5. I am 18 years old and have had increased numbers of keloids growing on my chest since age 12. I have three very large ones almost half inch in formation of a triad which is kinda cool. I also have two smaller ones underneath the triad. Looking at my chest is like star-gazing. One keloid almost completely went away after i put tremendous pressure on it, thinking it would just burst. Instead what happend was i softened it so much that the skin kinda went back to normal. It was very painful but the keloid i squeezed was on my lower body… Keloids on the chest are very sensitive and there is no cure just repeated remedies. I’m thinking of burning off one of my keloids but so far I do not think that is a safe idea.

  6. If I put white papper into the food to eat, it will cause my keloids very itchy. So I do “not eat white papper.”

    Steroids injection is working slowly and control the growing on my keloids. It will be uncomfortable for couple of hours for the first few time injection.(I ate some medinice before injection.) Later on, I do not feeling uncomfortable when the keloids become soften.

    Also, if my body become a bit fatter, it will follow the skin to grow too. If I loss weight, it will become smaller too.

    “””””The most important is once when you have any very small wounds, you have to put plastic bandages on it immediately for few days!”””””””

    Those are my sister and my experiences.

  7. I have a keloid on my left ear from piercing it when I was 16(I’m now 21). A month after piercing it my hole closed back up and a small unnoticeable bump was left on my ear but only recently has it started growing and it’s a little bigger than a pea. There’s also a smaller bump on the back of the ear too, I’m considering surgery but I don’t know. I hear keloids might be hereditary but no one in my family has them and I have two sisters with both their ears pierced. I think my keloid formed because I didn’t clean my ear properly after I had pierced it, I haven’t tried any of the home remedies yet but what do you guys think I should do ?

  8. Guys .. I have been doing ACV for almost 8 monts now .. and its keeping the keloids under control.. thank god , no more cortizone injections (which i have done for 20 plus years now)..

    However, some of them are flat but still kinda red like a scar tissue .. Smanatha, can you shed some light on copper peptides to reduce these .. if the redness would go away that would be amazing ..

    Thanks for putting this website together ..

      1. Hi samantha,
        i read it somewhere on internet that surgery combined with steroid injections and radiation treatment can reduce the recurrence rate to less than 20 %.Is that true??
        was just wondering if its worth a try??? If anybody has any information about this pls share!!

        1. Hi Samantha,
          I had radiation treatment after the surgery, it did not work well. Finally, I have the steroid injections to control it. So steroid injections can control it growing too fast. Best way, put on plastic bandages when you have pimples or any injure of the first few days, very important!!!

    1. Hi Samantha ,

      Thanks for your prompt reply again .. however i am confused about copper peptides.. if they are supposed to increase collagen growth, then how will the affect a keloidal scar which is over production of collagen anyways ..

      Has anyone seen it flatten and take the redness away .. is there any other way to make the keloids less red??

      Please let me know .. thanks again ..

      1. Hi jo, that’s actually a very good question. I don’t know the mechanics of it well enough to give you a proper explanation, but I think copper peptides may work to replace the excess collagen (type 1 & 3 collagen) in keloids with the healthy type over time.

        I also found this in Roenigk & Roenigk’s dermatologic surgery (By Randall K. Roenigk, Henry H. Roenigk), which you might find interesting:

        “Excessive collagen deposition is a hallmark of keloids. Keloid scars are composed of both Type I and Type III collagen… The collagen cross-linking in keloidal scars has been shown to be abnormal. This has been postulated to be due to a decrease in lysyl oxidase activity. This enzyme is copper dependent, and keloids have been shown to be copper deficient.

        Additionally keloidal collagen is more acid soluble than normal dermal collagen. The collagen found in keloids is less mature and less stable than that found in normal skin.”

        I’m not sure if the “copper deficiency” part means anything or is just a coincidence… but regardless, it seems that not all collagen are alike.

        The above is just an extract. If you want to read it in fuller detail, there’s a preview of this page in Google Books, page 612.

        I hope this helps you somewhat, and if you manage to find a better explanation elsewhere, pls let me know too. 🙂

  9. hey samantha,

    i read it somewhere on internet that surgery combined with steroid injections and radiation treatment can reduce the recurrence rate to less than 20%. Is that true?? was just wondering is it worth a try??? pls if nybody has any information pls share!!

    1. Hi any, I don’t know much abt the combination of that. But hopefully someone else can help you with your question.

  10. hi samantha…
    i also have keloids at my chest,both shoulders,at my back,at my jaw,probably due to acne…and its getting bigger and the number of my keloids are increasing…its very painful and itchy…can you give me some advice?i hope and i pray that you can help me…thank you…

    1. Hey,

      I have keloids on my chest and back and a new one on my shoulder…had surgey which made it grow back bigger and uglier and then had steoid injections and homeopathic meds..none of which helped…i cam to knw about a clinic some time back where they use herbal meds…i visited the palce ysterday they hav given me som medicines ointments..etc …but i hav to completely stp eating non-veg food….wil b starting this today…dont knw but looks lik this cud work..i will keep u updated on the progress of this…:)

  11. Hi All,

    Its been some months since I last wrote. ACV helps during the initial weeks but the keloid has since turned immune to ACV. Every now and then the keloid on my chest ooze pus and it can get extremely painful. Seen G.P. and was given antibiotic on many occasions. I have also developed an immunity to antibiotics. Eventually I was referred to consult a skin specialist at the renowned National Skin Centre.
    The Specialist told me there are two sinus tracks that where the pus is oozing from. Two cultures were taken with no bacteria found. The last option is to laser the keloid and try and clean out the tracks and hopefully keloid would grow and cover the tracks.

    So with no other option, I went through a very painful laser procedure just yesterday. The laser itself was alright, its the first 3 injections and pressing the keloid to rid the sec of pus that really hurts. I will probably have to go for follow-up kenacort injections in the coming months which I dread.
    The Prof. who did the laser said he is not sure if this will help. So I can only look towards God for a miracle.

  12. Hi, I just wanted to say that the tea tree oil has worked wonderfully for me after getting an industrial and a rook piercing. But there is also another method I would like to recomend. It only requires regular drugstore-brand asprin and water.
    First crush about 3 asprin tablets into a powder.
    Then add only a few drops of water, until the mixture becomes a paste.
    Apply it on the keloid with a Q-tip and let the mixutre dry (about 15-20 minutes) and
    Then wash it off rubbing gently with water. This can be repeated once everyday until the keloid goes away.
    I only did this twice along with the tea tree oil and it worked. Also, for anyone who just got a piercing, I would highly recommend H2Ocean antiseptic.

  13. Thats a very interesting explanation. Is there a specific copper peptide that you suggest , please let me know and i can buy it from there . Also anyone you know who has used it successfully ?

    Any other ways of getting the keloidal redness that you have seen ..

    Thanks again .. great work Sam.

    1. Hi jo,

      Thanks for ur suggestions…can you let me know in how much time did you see results with aspirin???m using an ointment biocorneum n planning to club it with aspirin.

  14. Hi,

    I’ve had 2 surgeries related to a keloid on my chest. The first surgery followed by painful steroid injections were useless as the keloid came back quickly and was even larger than before the surgery. The second surgery was followed by radiation and steroid injections. Again, totally useless as the keloid came back almost immediately as well. I really regret having the surgery (I was 17 and then 18 at the time of my second surgery). They were both painful and had I left the original tiny keloid alone, I would today have more options as to some low-cut outfits that I could wear. Instead, I am sooo limited as to what I can wear that sometimes it’s depressing to think about. I’m 40 now, but the keloid surgeries is something I wished I had never done. At the time, I was young, my mother pressured me to do it and the doctor/dermatologist assured me that it would be 80% successful (boy, was he wrong). Also, after the birth of my first child, I had some thyroid problem that my doctor thought could be related to my previous exposure to the radiation treatment for my keloid. I definitely would NOT recommend the steroid injections followed by radiation. Of course, this is only my opinion, for what it’s worth. I wish everyone well.

    BTW, does any out there have any options/ideas on cute outfits that hide a keloid chest scar?

    1. Hi Amy,

      I understand where you are coming from. I had a keloid on my ear when I was 16 and my mom had it surgically removed only to have it grow back even bigger. Then I decided to go through surgery again this time using a skin graph. After the painfull steriod shots and radiation treatments, not only did the scar grow back on my ear but I now have a large keloid scar on my chest. I am now 35 and have to deal with the itching and sharp pains which I hate. I am not able to wear low cut blouses or cute dresses because I don’t want to show everyone my ugly scar. Now days they are starting to make cute tops and dresses that tie around the neck (so I wear these) but I wish I could wear the cute sun dresses as well. I am going to try the ACV method just to see what happens (it cant’t get worse 🙂 ) I hope.

      1. Thanks P Lockett for sharing your story! I’m sorry to hear that you’ve went through something so similar to my situation. However, it makes me feel better to know that I’m not alone. I’m going to look for the cute tops and sundreses that you mentioned. Have you found any specific ones at any particular stores? If so, which ones?

        BTW, I also have a small keloid on one of my ears long after I got it pierced. I think I had some allergic reaction to one of the earring posts. When I saw the dermatologist (years ago) about the keloid on my ear, he suggested that I get a pair of clip-on earrings to help flatten it out (by wearing it as often as possible). Perhaps this will help you, if you haven’t already tried it.

        I used to have itching and pain associated with the keloid, but now it’s mostly gone. I’ve also noticed that the redness has mostly gone away and it’s more pale now. I’ve thought about the silicone sheets and wonder whether they work, but with such bad experiences from the surgeries, the radiation, and the steroid shots, I’ve just about given up and don’t want to deal with it. At least one saving grace was at the time of my wedding, I was able to find 2 (out of like, a thousand) dresses that actually had a jewel neckline that I could wear. Sad. I wish I was a designer and could design cute & fashionable tops for people like us! Nowadays, it’s mostly a nightmare trying to shop for dresses and outfits that can cover us up! Anyways, I wish you the very best! Good luck on your ACV method!

    2. I have a chest keloid on my upper chest right above my breast. I wear what i want when i want it most people think mine is a tattoo or something but usually if i feel comfortable about it others do as well. I had the same incident my sister scratched me at age 9 while we were fighting and it created a keloid when the doctors did surgery it flattened but it made it so much bigger and they missed a piece so part of it is bubbly and part is not. I recommend leaving the chest keloid alone I have two more on my ears that I am battling after the first surgery removal they never came back but when i turned 18 i went and got more piercings and they got god awful. I had no choice but to do a second surgery they were so big but now they seem to be coming back its good to catch it while its small so i am trying the tea tree oil is seems to be working the best at first it just irritates the skin the it starts to flake and really sting but that means its working. At first i used cotton balls and tape but that was too hard to get to hold so i put cotton balls and rubber bands on my ears that worked pretty well except sometimes it could be smothering the keloid so much that it really burns to i decided to just apply with a q-tip as many times as i can throughout the day and this works well with me and it is much cleaner and non messy. patients is your virtue just keep at it and it will soak all that keloid maddness up. ACV was very harsh for me though it did work at first its hard not to get that on the healthy skin and it started to eat through the healthy part so i stopped using it and switched to Tea Tree oil which is working the best. if this completely rids my keloids then maybe i will try the one on my chest but for now there is not much pain there so i just dont mess with it every once in a while it will sting and itch but i am used to it now and thats no often. The ones on my ears are 20 times worse when pain comes to question.

  15. am also having this solid scar on my lower abdomen after a surgery. could it be a keloid cos it itches.can i also use the acv treatment?

  16. I have 2 keloids on my chest from previous injuries. I’ve had them for about 10 years now. I seem to be pretty susceptible to keloids on my chest. Yesterday I had a pimple on my chest and ended up poking it with a needle and then pouring hydrogen peroxide over it to disenfect. I killed some of the tissue around the pimple and I know that a keloid is going to form. Is there anyway to prevent this? Should I keep the wound dry or put vitamin E and aloe vera on it? Should I see a doctor and have him inject it with cortizone before it forms? What should I do before the wound starts to heal and then keloid?

    1. Put Tea Trea oil on it as many times as you can during the day
      100% Aulstrailian Tea Tree oil you can find it at Walmart or any drug store in the
      Vitamin Isle

  17. HI,
    I hvae keloids on my jawline and neck for 4 years and I have tried steroid and alot of products such as bioskincare, hei ba gao but it does not make any improvement.

    Has anyone tried DMSO? I heard it helps keloid but I haven’t tried

  18. I had skin grafting from my thighs eight months back but on my thighs i had infection and got converted into infection. & now the result of small2 keloids on my skin I m having 4-5 small keloids and on 2 cm keloid so pls let me know how to remove pls do reply me soon

  19. Hi Samantha,

    I have had a lot of acne problem for around 3 years. because of that have got 4 keloids on my chest and a lot of pits on my face. I want to go for flaxel laser treatment to get rid of these pits on my face. Thankfully i didn’t get any keloids on my face even when the acne i had on my face was much more severe than what i had on my chest. So can i be sure that the skin on my face is not keloidal and so i can safely go for flaxel treatment??? Please guide me in this matter as am totally confused wat to do!!

    1. Hi any, I would not recommend getting fraxel on your face if your skin has a tendency to keloid. Fraxel and other lasers work by burning the layers of the skin, which will be much more traumatic than acne. The risk is that you would not know what your healing response will be from that level of damage.

      I’m sure you’ve done your research on fraxel lasers for acne scars, but in any case you might find it useful to read through the many reviews here http://www.acne.org/fraxel-laser-acne-treatment-reviews/298/page1.html. Some have good results but in overall, the outcomes appear to be mixed and rather unpredictable.

      p.s: Have you considered other less invasive treatments such as dermarollers and red led light therapy? There is a good thread here on the EDS forum about dermarollers that you might be interested in
      http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=29250

      I hope this helps.

      1. Thanks for your suggestion samantha. This has helped me a lot. The thread seems to be good. But Can i be sure that dermarolla is not that traumatic to cause keloids on my face or is it still risky??

        1. Using a dermaroller on the skin would be much less invasive than fraxel as the top layer of the skin remains intact. The collagen rebuilding happens beneath the surface over a period of several months to a year.

          A few points to note, however:

          – There will usually be redness that lasts a few days after dermarolling. You might have to be more vigilant about sun protection during that time.
          – There may be some blood spotting/pinprick scabbing with more pressure applied. Usually, the needles are too short and too tiny to cause scarring. However, there is a risk of “catching the skin” with longer needles. To be cautious, especially since you want to avoid keloidal scarring, you can consider rolling with shorter needles or rolling more lightly (although I am not sure if very short needle lengths will have any effect on acne pitting).
          – Keeping the dermaroller sterile before disinfecting before and after use is quite important to minimize the risk of infection.
          – The science behind dermarolling appears to be good. But to get better results, you may want to incorporate other things that have worked for others (eg vitamin C seems to be important during the collagen rebuilding process).

          Finally, I suggest reading as much as you can about dermarolling before deciding to try it. It’s not a quick fix and it will take several months for visible results. And to be fair, there are also user accounts of people saying that dermarolling has not helped them at all. These seem to be in the minority though.

          I wish you all the best!

          1. I forgot to add, it might be a good idea to post a question in one of the active EDS dermaroller threads asking if anyone who has keloids has also managed to use the dermaroller safely on their facial skin. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and who knows, you might get lucky? 🙂

  20. I’d like to know if anyone has successfully had a tattoo done over a keloid lesion? Please advise. Thank you.

  21. So I have a keloid on my chest and one on the side of my neck.
    They are really small, and its from when I got sick with this weird
    sickness that looked like chickenpox, but wasnt. Regardless I got
    sick with something that gave me open sores and they scabbed but
    some left the horrifying.. keloid.

    I have one right smack in the center of my chest,
    I’m trying the AVC treatment, and I hope it works.

    I’m on the 3rd day and so far all I can tell is that
    it seems to be more red.. but there is a brown spot in it which
    I’m thinking is a scab.

    I’ve also read very good things about tea tree oil, is that a better choice?
    How long should I give ACV?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Anna, straight ACV can be very irritating so if you’re getting too much redness, diluting it with some water and applying it less frequently can help. It may take a few weeks before you’ll know if ACV is having any effect or not. The skin on our chests are also more sensitive so you may have to be a bit more cautious when treating that area. Tea tree oil can be a gentler choice.

      1. Thank you – I’m not exactly sure whats going on.. I mean its kind of has brownish spots in it.. and its turning a darker color in parts of it. Do you know what that means? I’m going to get tea tree oil soon.

  22. I got tea tree oil and I’m not sure if its helping or not. I’ve been using it for about four days now,
    and it’s drying it out, is that what it’s supposed to be doing? It seems to be getting smaller, parts of it are starting to scab, is that normal?

  23. Well the scab just flaked off.. It looks much better. I’m not going to use the tea tree oil on it tonight but it looks good so far 🙂

  24. i have a huge keloid on the back of my right ear ive been hearing about all these treatments like tea tree oil and studd but my keloid is like a year old already…i dont know if it will work or not,,i dont want to waste my money on it ans have it not work….i really need it though,….i also want a nose percing…do you think i will get a keloid there to if i get it percied…im scared!!! help!!!

    1. Hey my keloids are actually like a few years old
      and I’m using the tea tree oil and slowly but surely stuff is happening
      it’s peeling off, the keloid cells are dying, and eventually it should fall off.
      From what I’ve learned — apple cider vinegar is a lot stronger .. it can irritate more
      but I actually saw more results from that.
      Also — at natural food stores they have tea tree oil, they can range between 6$ +
      mine was about 8.

      And I dont rec getting a nose peircing if you’re keloid prone.. more than likely you will get one.

      1. so you think i shouldent get my nose percied…i meann i think the reason that i got a keloid on my ear is because i got the same whole percied 3 times…so i think that damaged it…..the first two tomes i had it done nothing happend…and that was when i was a baby and then when i was about 12 and now im 16…so…this keloid happend last year…so i have keloid skin???once you get a keloid that means you have keloid skin???im gonna ge the tea tree oil and use it every day…and i really do want my nose done …im so stck…help

  25. Well keloids are more prone when you’re older. Atleast that is what a plastic surgeon told me. I have my ears pierced too, I got my first set whe nI was a baby, and they are fine.. I got my ears double pierced in sixth grade and I got keloids on the back of them. It’s when scar tissue makes too much .. forming the bump. Hmmm.. I mean it doesn’t mean you’re going to get a keloid on your nose but you do run the risk. I wouldn’t take the chance of that. If you’re sure that you only got it on your ears because of multiple piercings then I guess you could get your nose pierced — but I find it risky. I dont think just one keloid means you have keloid prone skin.. but you never know. Theres a good chance that you would.. Good luck with the tea tree oil & just do what you feel is best if you decide to get your nose pierced. Just keep in mind if for some reason you do get a keloid, it will be on your face..

  26. OH OKAY…THANKS…I BROUGHT SOME TEE TREE OIL AND I DONT THINK I BROUGHT THE RIGHT KIND I BROUGHT SOME FOR HAIR AND SKIN….IT SAYS IT CAN BE USED FOR HAIR AND SKIN AND TOENAIL FUNGUS…..I DONT KNOW IF ITS THE RIGHT ONE …IVE BEEN PUTTING IT ON AND NUTHIN HAPPEND YET

    1. You need to get 100% tea tree oil. You can find this at usually any natural food store or a place like Sally Beauty supplies((:

    2. i did a nape piercing about three motnhs ago and i think i might have a keloid scar or hypertrophic scar.its about the size of the letter o on the keyboard and appears red where the ring exits should i remove the ring and wouldnt have to think about getting much complications? please reply

    1. Yes shruti, apple cider vinegar can usually be found in supermarkets. Tea tree oil can be bought off the shelf at most good pharmacies or health food stores.

  27. Hi,you guys are talking a lot of ACV does it really works I have two keloids on my chest & they both get
    infected every now & then & iam sick of having pain killers & antibiotics which i suppose are not responding now.It usually takes 5-6 days for the infection to ripen and the pus to come out and this period is very painfull. Can I try ACV when i have an infection? Will it help reduce the pain or get worst?

    1. Hi Rashid, ACV has antibacterial properties but putting it on a wound will be painful since it’s quite acidic. It’s better to use something gentle during that time, like Betadine. It’s better to try ACV once the wound has closed up properly.

  28. Hi Samantha, Thanks for the reply,why is that when one part of the keloid gets infected & inmmediately before it could heal the other end gets infected. What can be done to prevent it.

    1. Hi Rashid, recurring skin infections may likely be due to having a resistant strain of bacteria or virus that the body’s immune system is incapable of healing completely. Therefore, the infection flares up again and again in a vicious cycle. In your case, it sounds like it’s being passed back and forth between each end of your keloid.

      Applying anti-bacterial and anti-viral topicals such as ACV and iodine may help given time and patience. In fact, iodine is one of the best bacteria and virus killers available to us all, but you will not hear about it much outside of the alternative health websites. Still, I urge you to investigate this and taking iodine perhaps both internally (eg Iodoral, Kelp tablets) and externally (eg Tincture of Iodine, Lugol’s solution, Betadine) to try and wipe out the infection once and for all.

      I would also strongly advise you to look at ways of strengthening your body’s immune system so that it can better help fight the infection. Simple ways to boost your immune system include a healthier diet, eating fermented food (or taking probiotics) and taking Vitamin C everyday. Eating one clove of raw garlic each day will also boost your immune system greatly.

      I wish you all the best and do pls update do us with your progress.

  29. Will fasting get rid of my keloids? I’ve had them for about 3 years. How long should i fast? Any advice anyone has is appreciated.

  30. Thank you for this site! I have been trying to figure out what is on my chest for 2 years. I think these things are really keloids as a result of severe acne. I have around 6 keloids on my chest due to acne and it is bothering me so much. After reading some comments here, I just crushed 2 garlics and applied it on my chest and hopefully this techniques works. I used a lot of cream for acne on the keloids for the past few months but they don’t seem to work AT ALL.

    Does anyone know if Apple juice works?

    1. Hi shruti, I’m not from Delhi but you can try any large supermarket for ACV. It might be under the health food section or the section with all the vinegars. For tea tree oil, a pharmacy might have it.

  31. hi i have 4 keliods on my ears (two on each) and im so embarrassed to wear my hair up!! the two on my left ear are the biggest and the other two are from when i got my industrial!!! i tried using garlic oil and it is not working. then i wanted to try the silicon sheets but they are mega expersive and i looked on this site and was wondering if the tea tree oil or apple cider vinegar really works?!?! do you need to use both at the same time? i want to go into the service but to tell you the truth im a little embarrassed right now…HELP PLZ!!!

    1. Hi meme, try the ACV for at least a few weeks first to see if it has any effect. If there is, you can continue using it. Just be mindful of irritation (you can dilute the ACV with water or take a break from ACV if this happens).

  32. About The Tattoo Keloid, A Lot Of People Are Allergic To Red Ink. Most Times, Persons Who Are Allergic To Red Ink Will Find That Their Skin Just Rejects It, But Its Not Uncommon For The Skin To React With Bumps Resembling Keloids. A Lot Of Times These Are Not Actually Keloids, And Can Be Healed With Sea Salt Soaks (If On A Large Area, Pour Sea Salt Into The Bath Tub And Soak).

  33. Hi Samantha 🙂

    I have two keloids. One on my ear and one on my upper back. They are both about the size of a dime.

    I have been thinking about getting them incised. (If I were to get them incised..) I was wondering if I apply ACV after the wound heals, would it prevent it from recurring? I have also read that Shea butter flattens Keloids over time as well. I would also do the sea salt soak. I also read taking Gotu Kola internally prevents Keloids too.

    Do you think these precautionary measures would prevent them from coming back after getting them incised?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Ursula

      I think it’s good that you’re thinking of preparing your body before surgery. Apart from taking gotu kola, I would also suggest taking more fresh fruits every day for a few weeks before your surgery. That should keep your Vitamin C and betacarotene levels up, which will help your surgical wounds heal better.

      If you have an iodine deficiency (most people in the US do), it might also be a good idea to take kelp supplements or to paint your skin with iodine to get your iodine levels up a bit first.

      About the aftercare following your surgery, shea butter or other healing oils will be good. They’ll keep the area moist and slow the healing process (a good thing since rapid healing is usually incomplete and can lead to scars). If you have any castor oil, it should prevent scarring very well and also make sure the site doesn’t get infected. But I wouldn’t advise on applying ACV right after surgery. It would be better to wait until your wound has scabbed over and closed properly since ACV is very acidic. But if the oils have done their work, then you shouldn’t need ACV at all.

      Preparing yourself internally and good aftercare should really minimise your risk of getting a new keloid.

      I hope this helps, Ursula and best of luck with your surgery!

      p.s: Just in case you have second thoughts on surgery, there is an old but very interesting thread at the curezone forum about a woman who had success treating her “keloid-type scars” by using a homemade cream (nicknamed Wombat cream). The recipe is listed about halfway down and it consists of both castor oil and iodine in the form of lugol’s iodine.

  34. I’ve had a keloid for about two years, but it’s only recently where it has become very bothersome.

    It itches all the time and for no reason whatsoever I’d get twinges of pain.

    The sight of it is making me sick. And though it is not huge, it is still affecting me in more than one way. Both physically and emotionally.

    My insurance won’t cover the costs to have it removed since it’s cosmetic.

    But I decided to try the string method. I’ve read about some success that a few has using it, and figure I have nothing to lose.

    Basically I took a draw string and tied it tightly around the keloid.I’m going to keep it on for a week and see what happens. I’m praying that within 2 weeks it’ll fall off.

    I’ve been tracking my progress and blogging about it on Snapvine.
    I pray to God this thing doesn’t get infected. So I’ve been using Vitamin E oil and tea tree oil on the surrounding skin as well as on the keloid.

    I’m going on 2 days now with the string around it and the pain is really really bad. But I’m hanging in there.

    If after 2-weeks this method has failed, I’ll definitely blog about it first and then come here and do a follow up.

    Wish me luck!

    1. Wow, thanks for sharing and putting up the link! Good luck on your journey. Whatever the outcome, I’m sure your experience will be very useful for others. Thanks again!

      1. I have not so good news. I always knew the string method was painful, but after 3 days of little sleep and excruciating pain, I had to remove the string to see what changes my skin was undergoing.

        The keloid is very tender and swollen now. In my eyes it looks worse than before 🙁

        To top that of, the skin surrounding the keloid was rubbed RAW. It is so painful that my eyes often fill with tears.

        I’ve been forced to make an emergency appointment with my doctor.

        Over the counter pain-killers are doing nothing for the pain. I’ve started stressing and losing my appetite because of the agony and discomfort.

        Even though I was applying Tea Tree oil and Vitamin E oil to the skin, it still got swollen, inflamed, and possibly infected.

        My keloid was bothering me before all this, but it is killing me now.

        All I wanted was to get this thing off 🙁

        I hope my doctor gives me something to combat infection and something STRONG to ease the pain.

        I was a fool to believe that because some people had success using the string method that I too would be able to endure the pain and trauma to the skin.

        For those who are considering the string method, don’t do it.

        It is a long painful process.

        I just took a bad situation and made it 10x worse 🙁

        1. Oh no, that’s horrible! I hope your doctor can help with the pain and give you some relief soon. Please take care of yourself, Dee. And thanks for coming back to give a warning to others.

  35. that thang rilly wrks i was amazed at wat it did i was bouit too cry but yall need to follow wat i did wateva u is jus do it i mean rilly do it helped me and it can help yall to do jus go hedd and do it whoeva hatin on me ceep on doin it cuz it maken me a betta person fo reelz naw kno wat it iz dawgz peece out

  36. i tried that garlic stuff and it cleared it up rite away i was amazed at it although it burned the first time i used it o and by the way it never grew bkl yall how happy i am thinks for the advice thnx ursula i appriciated it bye yall

    1. Hi chadejah, that’s really great! Do you mind sharing a bit more on how exactly you applied the garlic, and how many years you had your keloid for?

      Any details would be really helpful for anyone else considering this method.

  37. Thanks Samantha 🙂
    I decided to track my progress on MySpace now instead of on my Snapvine page, so the link has been changed.

    If you click on my name it’ll take you there.

    Also, the Tea Tree oil seems to be the most effective. And it is the only thing that uplifted my spirits when I saw no results using the String-Method.

    Word of advice to those who are considering using string or thread to remove keloids, DON’T DO IT!

    1. Hello 🙂
      I’m really desprate and I really need to get rid of my keloid 🙁 I’ve been using castor oil for a couple of days, but im planning on using Tea Tree Oil, can you please tell me if it really does help and how do you apply it?
      Thanks in advance.

  38. Hi, guys. I bought tea tree oil from body shop. Is this the right one? I live in Canada. If this is not a right one. Can I get tea tree oil in Shoppers Drup Mart?

    1. The brand I use is
      Herbal Harvest Tea Tree Oil 100% Pure Australian Oil

      There are different brands of Tea Tree oil though.

  39. Hi Samantha, PLEASE PLEASE Help me on this. I have had a Keloid since almost late 1990s and I think i remember having 2 acne scars on my middle chest which kept getting scraped and irritated by my shirt buttons. Now it is a thick 1.5 cm wide pink hard mass which itches and hurts. The skin around one side is stretching and also feels uncomfortable at times.
    So i read all the comments on your website, I didn’t try ACV however, had garlic and olive oil readily available so have been applying for 3 – 4 days. My keloid now has black dots and very few burn spots. Its become very dry and rather harder. The stretching of skin on one side has gone though.
    It stings when i apply but i don’t apply more than twice or thrice a day for no more than 30 mins since then pain becomes unbearable.
    Should I continue??
    I am guessing that it will burn off and just fall off…I must say though in 3 days, i haven’t noticed any size change or depression of the scar.

    Thanks again and God Bless you!!!

    1. Hi taare – yes, garlic can be especially hard on the skin. Since the pain you’re experiencing is unbearable, I really think you should stop with the applications and give the area a rest. Since you already have some on hand, olive oil should be gentle and helpful with the healing.

      If you’re encouraged by the improvement in “stretching” as you describe, you can try garlic again when the skin is less irritated. (As an aside, 3 days is really too short a time to decide whether any of the remedies is working, in my opinion.)

      On the other hand, if you want to avoid the pain associated with garlic again, I would suggest trying a gentler method.

      If you can get your hands on some castor oil, try this — soak a small cotton cloth with castor oil, apply this on your scar and cover it in plastic overnight. You can keep this in place with some surgical tape (or wear a tight T-shirt to bed). Some people use cling film, but wrapping this around your chest might feel too constrictive. In any case, try to find a method that suits you best and is easy to do. Do this for 30 nights. That would give you enough time to decide whether or not castor oil has a good effect on your keloid. If yes, you can continue the applications. (Castor oil requires patience though, so expect to use it for several more months at least before noticeable difference.)

      p.s: I would also advise you to protect the area from further irritation from your shirt buttons somehow. If it’s too much of a hassle to apply a protective bandaid each day, is it possible for you to wear an undershirt?

      I hope this helps you, taare and pls check back soon.

  40. Wow Samantha, you replied to me within 24 hours. I thank you from the bottom of my heart :). The pain is not unbearable per say. It only gets irritating after 30 mins of application (I should have been more clearer on this). The keloid is completely dry and scabbing..Its more tender (pain upon touch) but also its harder. I also would like to mention, if i press the keoid, I can feel the pain under the keloid. Its strange, i don’t feel pain on top but rather as if its even 1 cm below the keloid.
    I will do as you suggest. Will give it rest for a few days before starting again.
    Should i do a combination therapy of castor oil at night and maybe 30 mins per day with Garlic?

    I can’t thank you enough for your generous support!! 🙂

    Regards
    taare

    1. Hi taare, you’re very welcome. 🙂

      About the pain you mention, if your keloid is like most scars, it will go beyond the surface of your skin and what you can see. (To use a metaphor, it’s a bit like an iceberg. There’s much more going on beneath the surface.)

      – So it could be that when you press on your keloid, the mound beneath it presses on a bundle of nerves.
      – The area beneath could also be slightly bruised from all the recent activity. It might need time to heal just like any part of your body.
      – It might also be helpful to know that the chest tends to be a more sensitive area. It’s not just the skin on our chests that tends to be more sensitive, but some chest muscles too.
      – And sometimes scars that are on less fleshy areas and more bone or cartilage can feel more sensitivity with movement.

      I wouldn’t worry too much about this “1 cm-deep” sensation unless you suspect it to be something more (for example, if it feels like there might be fluid underneath, it could be an infection. Other warning signs of an infection are inflammation and a fever).

      Please use your good judgement too. Because I can offer advice (from what little I know), but I will never understand exactly what it is you’re feeling. Pls do visit a doctor if you’re worried at any time. At the very least it will set your mind at ease.

      p.s: I don’t see why you can’t try garlic and then castor oil at night. It’s an interesting idea and I hope it works for you 🙂

  41. Thanks Samantha for your support. No fluid is felt, its just a pain that feels under the keloid. I will avoid buttoned shirts as well as you mentioned prior. I will keep you updated with how it goes! I am very happy for now with the results as atleast its drying out.

    Will surely keep you updated
    Thanks again so much
    taare

  42. Tying a string around the base of the keloid really does work, it is severely painful but effective. I tie it around the keloid on both of my ears in 2 weeks they fell off, & my earlobes r not hard so nothing is growing back. Once I got the keloid on my left ear remove for $600 and it grow back twice the size, becuz my earlobes was hard after they remove it, so it was still there and then I got it on both ears & they wanted $3000 to remove them, so I tie a string around the keloid and bear with the pain for 2 week. It is worth the pain not $3000 the string cutts into the keloid & it bleeds a little so don’t be scared just try it, it worked 4 me.

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