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!).


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 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).


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:

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
Get’s a little graphic on day 4.

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.

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 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.


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.

848 Replies to “Keloid Treatments and Home Remedies”

  1. Im really glad to have found this site. Ive had keloids since I was 11. HAd a bout of chickenpx..and picked 2 of the original pox marks…lo and behold Keloid.
    I have one under my arm which got bigger as my breasts got bigger…so basically the scar grew from about 3 cms long and 1 cm wide to at this point about 12 cms long and 4 cm wide…part of it on my its very dark and flat under my gets flatter and normal skin colored and rhen darkens again…and much smaller on my breast.
    Im going to try these remedies because I hate this so much. I have one obn my chest that I dont mind as much because I just wear a necklance to conceal it. Ill let you know how this worlks.

  2. hii!
    i have a keloid on my chest for the last 14 yrs….started out of chicken pox when i was younger…
    it has grown in size and migrated with time,itches badly and seems to worsen day by day.
    i’ve recently got hold of ACV….will start applying it soon…hope it works….
    and thanks Samantha…this site was really a blessing…after having found no luck with any of d docs!

  3. Hi Samantha,
    I got the top of my ear pierced about three years ago, and a keloid started to grow. i never paid much attention to it until last year, it got bigger and bigger. I came across this site three days ago, and i’ve been using the ACV method. So far, it only made it softer, and the keloid is very sore. the outter skin looks burned, i guess it’s from irritation. So i don’t know if I should stop using it or not…will the keloid go back to its original state??

  4. Hi Samantha.

    I have been reading your website. Thank you so much for giving everybody the chance to share their pain…suffering from this terrible affliction. I have had a number of keloids on my body. One injection of Corticosteroids and that was th end of them. However I moved to Canada and I guess my diet got deficient in something. I started developing keloids on my chest. On is right on my sternum…2 inches wide and long. I used HBG on the other ones…thy flattened and don’t itch or have pain. On this one on the sternum…nothing has worked. The dermatologist injected but another smaller keloid popped out. What do you think I should do??I am in real pain now.

  5. I having been using ACV faithfully for the last 3 months, I initially hated the sourish smell but am getting use to it. Morning once before going to work & twice after & sleep with a cotton pad soak with ACV pasted on the keloid on my chest. It does not itch so badly like before. It only “erupted” once in the early stage since I started on ACV, unlike before (see #769 dated 4/2/08).
    It is lighter in colour and not so fierce looking but it is not getting any flatter or smaller. Well at least I don’t have to use steroids to stop the itch but am using ACV instead.
    Thanks once again Samantha!


  6. im glad to find this site! i just got my tongue pierced about 3 weeks ago n i started having some green discharge from it! then i notice there was a bump around the bottom piercing. i tried to pop it thinking it was a abcess or a cyst but its hard n it hurts, sometimes it itches too! and its getting bigger by the week!i been rinsing with sea salt n warm warm water but still not working! what should i do?? please help me i dont want a big bump on my tongue!!!

  7. hi samantha,
    i’ve been trying acv for a couple of weeks, but i dont find any changes ,still itching and pain is there. i feel very depressed as it is growing up towards my neck.what should i do now? should i try the hydrogen peroxide+soda method?how often should i apply that?please let me know ur thoughts.
    thank u samantha


  9. Hi peeps, i’ve just done surgery on my scalp to remove two keloids, i had about four and with a series of injections two went away and two remained. one of which was just able to be reduced in size and the other was cut off completely,i was just wondering do you have any remedies to further reduce and soften my keloid

  10. Hi people.
    I have keloids for the past 12 yrs now. I have them on my chest and back. The one on my chest is almost six by six inches , so its preety big.
    Iv tried everything from silicon sheets, commpression garments , laser , injections, oral steroids ,,, everything basically…
    . Right now i am going through a new treatment which is a combination of steroids , which are administered through a drip. its been 9 months into the treatment and i am seeing good results.

    I am also gonna try the ACV , lets c if it works…
    My keloid is one big thick joint keloid and is probably the worst possible, anyways ,, ill keep u guys updated…


  11. Hey Samantha,
    I am a 27y/o black male and I have about 20+ keloids over my chest and upper back ranging in size from small bump size to over 2 inches wide. It is something that runs in my family, but have never heard of anyone in my family doing anything about it. They started randomaly appearing around the time I hit pubity, and new one’s still appear from time to time. I have not attempted to do anything to rid myself of this problem since the only symptoms I have are: redness and irritation when they first appear, then minor itching on a regular basis. I am going to try the ACV for a while and see if I have any luck with that. How long should I use this treatment (in case it doesn’t work) before I attempt another, ie: baking soda and peroxide? and how often per day? Would keeping my chest hair trimmed help or worsen the situantion since I am prone to ingrown hairs? Would an iodine supplement help reduce the apperance of new ones? Also is this something I really need to contact my doctor since I know surgery or any medical procedure is not something I am considering? Thank you for all the helpful information posted here.

  12. I tried the injections….very painful and my keloid came back within a year…but I have tried the baking soda and peroxide method for a week now… far it is working . I notice when you first try the paste, it does sting as if you were feeling the effects of the injection…but it goes away. I recommend for those who want to try this is to do the following: Leave the paste mixture on for 6 hours ( it is best to apply before bed time) with gauze and tape to hold the application in place….then wash it off in the morning with mild soap and water….you should notice in the morning a difference in the keloid. Try it for a week! Let me know how it goes. Thanks.

  13. Hello,
    I’ve have severe case of keloids due to acne. And to be quite frank i’m really tired of it! I have them in the corner of my jawline and there’s about seven of them and i also i have them on my back (about 4). The one thing that frustrates me the most is the fact that i’ve never punctured or had any scars in these areas, it all comes from acne which i can’t control. I’ve tried injections they have flattened them but only for about a week and they swell up again. Sometimes they are itchy and sometimes i get a sharp pain. Can i get these surgically removed or do i just have to live with this curse?
    Thanks alot

    1. I have exactly the same situation with you. The keloids are on my jawline and I’m also tired of the injection. Pls let me know if you have any solution on this

  14. Hi,
    I’m glad that I found this site and hoping to try some of these methods mentioned above and have better luck.

    I have a keloid on my chest its about 1 1/2 inch wide and 1/2 inch in height. I’ve had this keloid for over ten years now. It started as a scratch and skin irritation from wearing a necklace and it eventually grew bigger in time.

    I have tried steroid injection and it helped flatten it a bit. I certainly don’t want to get it cut out as I heard that it can get worst too. I came across another site that mentioned this other method of injecting liquid nitrogen its called Cryo treatment. The success rate is pretty high has anyone heard of this method apparently its only in the US.

    I started with ACV and will try it for a month or 2 I’m not expecting any result after a week or two. What I have done so far is soaked a cotton ball onto the ACV and place it on my keloid before I go to bed and leave it on until the next day. I just can’t bare the smell of the ACV. I have also notice a bit of sting after applying it onto my skin but it does not burn too much.

    Good luck to everyone!

  15. hello, my daughter is eight she developed keloids on her face after doctors performed a procedure on her which burned her skin. This happened when she was two. Shes had injections but we stopped because they didn’t show much improvement and it was painfull. There close to her mouth what do you think I should try next. Really afraid of having surgery because there is no guarantee. I would like them just to flatten. And then will take it from there. The keloids are soft and I think its from time and the injections.

  16. I have 3-4cm long dark keloid on my shoulder, this is since a very young age and mom says, its due to vaccines, no one knows.
    I have some more on different parts of the body but all are small.

    I broke my nail recently, and due to excruciating pain fell down n broke my specs, they hurt my eyelid.

    Its a slightly deep cut on the eyelid,
    any possibility of getting a keloid there?? i am really worried about it

    thanx in advance.

  17. 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.

  18. I am going to marry and she is having keloid what is the chances of develpoing another keloid for any small ingoury, or pinple etc.

  19. Hi, im just wondering where can you buy this apple cider vinegar from? And what is more effective this or the iodine? I used a home mole removal kit and now have these raised red scars on my face!!

  20. I got my nose pierced about 3 months ago… just recently it started getting crusty on the outside. Now it has skin colored skin growing on the outside. The skin is soft to the touch and gives but i tried to pop it with a needle and nothing came out… I dont know what it is…. or if it is a keloid or not… I reallllllllllllly dont want to take out my nose stud if it isnt needed…

  21. Hi. I have been trying the ACV method and I seem to have hit a brick wall with it in terms of effectiveness. It has reduced the keloid somewhat (about 10-15% reduction), but it doesn’t seem to be doing it anymore, so I’m switching to another method. I wanted to try the iodine, but the only kind I can find is that in tablet form. I am looking for the most concentrated form of iodine to use, so will tablets be effective at all?
    Also, I came across some methods of supposed keloid remedies (such as Kelotab, Declarex and Loditin). Do you have any insight as to whether these would be effective?

  22. Hi hayden, if your keloids are caused by an internal iodine deficiency, the tablets might be helpful in preventing the incidence of new keloids forming. I am not sure how helpful it will be in reducing keloids that are already formed, but you can give it a try and see what happens.

    About Kelotab, Declarex and Loditin, I am not familiar with the last two so you might do a quick google search to see if others have tried them with any results. I would avoid Kelotab however. Their contact information lists their company as “Oslo Health Solutions” which I mentioned might be a scam in this comment. Its very hard to tell what’s legit and what’s not online but a good rule of thumb is to be wary of any “100% guarantee” claims.

    I hope that helps!

  23. Hi samantha !
    I have had this piercing on the top [cartilage) for about 3 months and all of a sudden, there is this very round bump right below the piercing & when i take off the piercing i notice that there is a bump on the back . I use neosporin and use salt soaks . But my main concern is, is it a KElOiD? & how to treat it .
    PLEASE HELP ! “/

  24. Hi sam!
    Well i had a piercing on the top of my ear [cartilage] for about 3 months & now i have this very round pimple like ball on the bottom of the earring . & in the back its a big bump ! . My main concern is if its a KElOiD and how to treat it ! I had already took off the earring .

  25. Hi Samantha,

    I have had keloids for several years now. I tried ACV for 10 days and it did not have any effect. What method do you think I should try now since my keloids seem to be quite stubborn that they withstood the ACV method?

  26. heeys samantha, im fr0m sydney australia nd iv had a keliod 4 seven years n0w but and i think a misceto bit my keliod as i started 2 scratch s0ftly..its starting 2 harden and i think gr0w is it because i scratched it or cos of the bite?? but the thing is can it gr0w bigger since frm 7 yrs 0f having it with n0 treatment at all.. pls wb thnx 🙂

  27. i have a keloid on my right ear. its an industrial piercing, the bottom hole.

    it doesnt bother me any more.
    but i think i gotten it one night about a year ago.
    i woke up one morning noticing my barbel has fallen out and the next day a little bump appeared.

    does anyone think that the keloid could have formed like so?

  28. I got my nose pierced back in May, and just recently a bump has appeared on the right side of the piercing. When it first showed up, I thought it was just some kind of pimple, so I popped it and pus came out.
    Now, though, it has flattened out a little bit, and is no longer filling up with pus. It’s hard and it seems like it could be keloid. I went to my doctor today, and that is what he also thinks it is. He wrote me a script for some kind of antibiotic. I haven’t filled it yet because I’m still not certain about what it is.
    I’m certain it is not an allergy because I’m not allergic to anything.
    I’m not sure if whatever I have now developed because there was a pimple or something there, but what is there now is definitely not a pimple.
    Any suggestions as to what it is, and – if it is a keloid – how to treat it?

  29. Oh, and if there is any possible way to treat it without removing the stud – because the piercing is definitely not fully healed, and torn piercings are not fun, trust me – please let me know. I honestly can’t take it out myself without passing out, and I don’t particularly want to anyway.

  30. hi, i got my nose pierced about a month and a half ago.Recently, i got a cold and i had a really bad runny nose. Two days into the cold i noticed a small bump forming aroung my nose ring.It has been about a week,and the bump has gotten a little bit smaller but hasn’t gone away.Could this be a keloid? It seems kinda squishy but Im not sure if it is a keloid or not. Please help.

  31. Hi, wow so much good info here, 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, I just wanted to confirm that this is the procedure for the ACV method. Apply apple cider vinegar 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. Thanks, I will keep you posted.

  32. hi! i have a keloid on the bak of my ear and its been there i know for over 8 years growing. until recently, it was unseen from the front but i messed around and put an earring in another hole in the same ear and it has been growing fast. i did not think they grew as fast. ive grown from a button size to a finger nail size in 45days. i have an appt with a doctor but i want to try something at home before i go. what do u suggest in this case

  33. i have a keloid on my shoulder.its b’coz of had burned 3years ago its not increasing.pls suggest me some home remedy for the same.sir pls contact me on my mail pls sir.

  34. Hello Samantha.

  35. Hi samantha !

    Keloids on my chest developed due to acne and it spreaded over my chest as well as on my back too,some are increasing,pls suggest wht shld I do ?? I think it is an infection ,how can cure them ??

    God bless you pls give the best solution,I have taken steroids injections but after some time they pop up ?

  36. Hi Samantha,

    I’m really glad I found your website! I had five keloids on my shoulderblade, which I got injected with steroids about 5 years ago, three of them flattened out completely and are now just a faint scar, but two of them are still very big, red and itchy, so I’ll definitely try the ACV.
    I had a large keloid removed from the cartilage-part of my ear, and no keloid returned (stitches were used). I also had a large mole on my lower back removed. Fortunately, no keloid has formed there (it has been 5 years). The incision caused by the removal wasn’t closed using stitches, but burnt closed using laser.
    The thing I’d like to mention with this post, is that the dermatologist stressed on the fact that if I was to have surgery on the problem areas (shoulder and chest-
    area in my case) in the future, the incisions should be closed using laser instead of stitching, for the stitches could cause stretching/irritation and therefor aid the formation of keloids on the scar.
    This could be useful information for people who want to remove the keloid surgically.

    Anna (the Netherlands)

    1. I got a keloid on my arm a few years back after I fell while rollerskating. It was a long cut but not deep enough for stitches. After a few months it started to swell a little and it became sort of a long pink worm. Thank God it wasn’t in a noticeable part of my arm. With a few doctors in the family and some cousins who had keloids before me I expected one of them to come up with an idea, any idea, to cure it. Finally, I went to a plastic surgeon who injected some local anesthesia, cut it, removed the excess skin and closed it with stitches. I do have a light colored scar but it’s so thin and flat that nobody notices it anymore.

      In 2006, I had a rhinoplasty and a small keloid formed inside my nose. It was just a little bump inside so the right nostril was a bit more open than the left one. You couldn’t really tell unless you looked with special attention but still, I got it fixed with stitches in an ambulatory surgery with the same surgeon. He was aware that a keloid had formed and still he didn’t give me any medication before or after the surgery. I massaged the nose every day like I already knew by then and it really went down. Now the nose is almost perfect, almost, because that same nostril with the keloid will never be perfect. Still, it’s much better and it was worth the pulling, cutting and sewing that second time (I haven’t mentioned the 3 months away from the sun).

      After I had the corrective surgery on my nose, another surgeon friend told me about topic medication in form of a cream used to prevent keloids from forming in external scars (like the arm) and the possibility of medication in form of pills to prevent them even before surgery in the case of internal scars (like the nose).

      I would suggest to everybody to keep looking and asking around because apparently technology keeps improving everyday that goes by and there are new resources to make keloids better, at least less noticeable.

      Good luck to everyone out there, never lose hope and I’ll post again if I hear anything new.

  37. i got my keloids on the neck after the plastic surgery 9 years ago, after that i’ve been trying different things… What realy worked these are kenalog injections and Cica Care gel sheets… Keloids flattened and are less visible …..

  38. Hi Samantha.

    Keloids have developed on my chest after acne.
    These have been there for around 7 years.
    I have started using the Alkaline method(Baking Soda + Hydrogen Peroxide). Actually the Hydrogen Peroxide I got from Pharmacy is not showing 3% OR 6%. I am not sure whether I should use this or not.

    I have started applying this method my keloids on chest. The hairs on my chest have turned to grey. Could you please let me know whether I should contrinue using this or stop this.

    Thanks for your valuable help.

  39. Hello everyone well my problem is I have a Keloid on the back of my left ear and it seems to continue getting bgger…Ive had surgery and nothing…Does anyone know what I can do to shrink it maybe remove it??….

  40. my fiency has 6 keloids on her back and 1 on hand, since her childhood, she has taking laser treatment, but the keloids are very itchy and she fills like in the inner side of keloids some things is biting, pain is not bearable to her, could somebody suggest some remedy on it, its very urgent, you can mail me the remedy on please help us out.

  41. I spent a great deal of time reading your website. It seems that internal Keloid formation is very rare. 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 allready to dense to diferentiate between the scar or nerve tissue. Subsequently… no surgery possible. Any suggestions???

    1. My boyfriend is in the same situation as you. He didn’t have a fusion but had two back surgeries. The second one without success.. A doctor that didn’t peform the surgery told him he had keloids by looking at his scars and said he probably shouldn’t of had the second surgery…His pain goes down his leg and we are assuming it’s due to the keloid. Surgery is not an option because he can get more keloid..The dr. said he will either need an internal pain pump or the medtronic stimulater (he tried this before and it slipped on him so he had it removed) and reading the risks of the pain pump we are not so sure…So, have you had any success? Is there any way to shrink down this internal keloid so it doesn’t apply pressure to the nerve? Any meds that can be taken? Thanks

    2. There is a possibility that keloids might be link to fungal infection inside the body (Candida), and by treating the fungus infection you treat the keloid. I am not a medical professional, but have noticed that all the keloid treatments on this site have anti fungal properties.

      There is a book that called The Fungus Link by Doug Kaufman, it goes on to explain the different ways that Candida affect you body and the different affects it has on your health. The book also gives you a diet to remove the infection by detoxing the body. Your supposed to be able to look and feel the difference in as fast as a month. the diet in a nutshell
      Is to remove All sugars from you diet that means no carbs, starch, fruits, or dairy, this way you gave starve off the Candida.

      I hope this helps.

  42. Hello everybody, could anybody tell me about their experience about keloid, is there any biting experience anybody going thru, and what treatment one should go for.

  43. Hi Samantha,

    I tried tea tree oil on a keloid on my chest and its all red, itchy and sweeled up.Please help me…i have stopped applying tea tree oil….please vl this thing be fine…please help!!

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