Home Remedies for Keloids

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Keloids are scars that become enlarged due to abnormal growth of fibrous tissues. Skin injuries like acne, minor burns, bites, cuts, or scrapes can leave scars. Keloids form over time, when an excess amount of collagen grows in the scars. Generally, they do not cause pain, but sometimes they can be itchy.

Even though keloids do not pose a health concern, many people dislike having these enlarged, ugly scars. Some people opt for surgery, injections or laser treatment to remove them. Instead of paying for expensive treatments, there are some simple natural remedies that you can use to take care of your keloids at home for little cost.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for keloids.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

A great home remedy for treating keloids is apple cider vinegar because it helps minimize the size and redness of the scar.

  1. Apply apple cider vinegar directly on the affected area and gently massage it so the vinegar is well absorbed into the skin.
  2. Allow it to dry for a few minutes, and then repeat the process in order to expedite healing.
  3. Do this several times a day for maximum results and continue this treatment for four to five weeks.

If the apple cider vinegar causes any skin irritation, you can dilute it with water. You can also use pure tea tree oil.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda acts as an abrasive agent and helps exfoliate the skin. It can also be used successfully to manage keloids.

  1. Mix one part baking soda with three parts hydrogen peroxide to make a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste directly on the affected area to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.
  3. Do this three or four times a day depending upon the severity of the scar.

3. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice contains antioxidants and vitamin C that are very helpful in treating different types of scars, including keloids. After a few weeks of using this remedy, you should see significant improvement in the color, texture, appearance, and flexibility of the scar.

  1. Extract the juice from a fresh lemon and apply it on the affected skin area.
  2. Leave it on for about half an hour, and then wash the area with lukewarm water.
  3. Repeat the process at least once daily.

4. Aspirin

The same aspirin that you take for headaches and other health problems can also be used to treat keloids as it helps reduce the scar’s size and appearance.

  1. Crush three or four aspirin tablets and add a small amount of water to make a smooth, thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the scar, allow it to dry completely and then rinse it off by rubbing the area gently under water.
  3. Pat the area dry and then apply some olive oil or tea tree oil.
  4. Do this daily until the keloid is gone.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is very good for the skin and can be used in the treatment of keloids. It will help reduce inflammation, keep the skin well-moisturized and heal damaged skin. It also helps prevent skin infections.

  1. Clean the scarred area thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  2. Apply fresh aloe vera gel on the scars twice daily.

6. Sandalwood and Rose Water

Sandalwood has many skin regenerating properties and rose water is a natural skin toner. Used together they can help prevent or reduce and lighten keloid scars.

  1. Make a thick paste of sandalwood powder and rose water. If you wish, you can also add some black gram to the paste. You can find black gram in an Asian supermarket.
  2. Clean the scar with water and apply the paste before going to bed. In the morning, wash the area thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  3. Do this regularly for a month or two.
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  1. I am trying to find the most effective treatment for keloid scars. There doesn’t seem to be a 100% effective cure, but I would like to narrow down to the most effective treatment. Vote at the Formafist website. Just search for “keloid”.

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  2. keloid incidence is inreasing among Nigerians

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  3. Keloid seems 2 b increasin in ghana tremendously but with home tips its has really help

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  4. Rebecca boadi May 9, 2013, 9:33 am

    Infact with de home remedies its has really help 2 solve my keloid n has totally dissappear

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  5. Rebecca, which of the home remedies were you using

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  6. Hey rebecca please lets us know that what home remedies you used ??? i need that remedies . please tell us.

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  7. i have used tissue oil and are slowly not showing much

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  8. I Used Home Remedy Number Ten.
    Though I Only Had A Small Keloid,
    It Was Gone Within Days.
    I Not Only Used Peroxide && Baking Soda,
    But Afterwards I Rubbed Extra Virgin Olive Oil On It, So That It Wouldn’t Dry Out && Become “Crusty”.

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  9. If you crush aspirin and add lemon juice to make a paste then put it on the affected area it works perfectly. It got rid of my 3 keloids with three days when I did it daily!

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    • @katie : how long did u have the keloid and what had you tried before using this novel technique??? For it to go away in 3 days is almost not believable .. still, will try it!

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    • i just got my nose pierced so im starting to get keloid so does it go away really fast its been like a week since its started appearing. i have an event coming up so i want to get rid of it ASAP. Does it really go away fast with the use of lemon and aspirin??

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    • in 3 days?? please how big were your keloids?? and what exactly did you do?

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    • I have tried a homeopathic medicine which has done wonders to keloids

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  10. katie i am having 4 keloidal scars since 8 years and i tried many kind of medicines
    but they wont dissappear , i heared about miranda castro cream, can you tell me any thing about this please.

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    • I use uncoated Tylenol and two drop of water to shrink both of my keloid on back of my ears and it work just find

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  11. Use the ASPIRIN!!!! Mix it with LEMON JUICE!!! Let sit for 5-10 mins EVERYDAY!!! Keloid can dissapear within a MONTH!!!

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  12. I got keloids at 12 yrs old after having an abdominal surgery. the scar grew long and thick, I have about four others from accidents and falls, even cut myself with a razor once. these scars are still very much visible, but they have all flattened so it is not visible through my clothing. my remedy, SALIVA!!! yup, my father taught me, every morning, before brushing your teeth, or even speaking, just take your saliva and paste it on the affected area, and that scar will not vaporize or lighten, but it will no longer be overgrown!

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  13. I used number ten for faster healing

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  14. I use rubberband and alcohol for my keloid on my right ear then I wear my earrings again and the keloid didn’t come back

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  15. Nicole Paraham July 18, 2013, 8:15 pm

    I use olive oil to shrink and fade keloid scars .

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  16. NJ pls hw did u use rubberband an alcohol? pls tel me i hv try almost everytin bt noting simce 2 b working

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  17. Number ten did not help me so I use Turpentine and its work keloids gone completely and won’t come back

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    • This is the first time I’ve heard of turpentine for keloids. How did this work for you and how old were your scars? Please.

      I’ve had several surgery on both my ears which were mostly successful but I have one on my top left ear that continue scarring after every surgery in 18 years

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    • how did you use turpentine , did you mix it with something and how long did you apply it. also how big was your keloid

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    • Please how did you use turpentine that it works please let me know

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  18. Saliva works! Thanks, Cheron. I have been applying as your father told you and healing of my keloids has increased. I was using an herbal cream from India before, but now I notice the keloids shrinking slowly but surely once I added this treatment.
    There is actually some basis to the saliva remedy. The Jewish Talmud, over 2000 years old, and commentators, who wrote over 800 years ago, explain: when a person sleeps at night the saliva becomes stronger, more potent, and bitter, which accounts for its effectiveness as a detergent in cleaning blood stains. Once a person eats in the morning, the saliva becomes sweeter. So, applying saliva during the day, after a nap, will not work. Also, continuous conversation changes the saliva. So, Cheron, your father was right on all counts. Use first thing in the morning, before putting anything in your mouth, and before engaging in continuous talk. It is then that saliva is most effective as a cleansing agent.
    The herbal cream I obtained from a healer in India. He suggests that when cleaning the keloids, don’t use soap. Instead, make a paste of gram flour and water and rub on the keloids. Internal herbs, he claims, may also help. Anyone who wants to know more, should go to: padanjaly.com. I mention the gram flour here, because it is suggested in the sandalwood home remedy mentioned above.
    Tziporah

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    • what is the name of the herbal cream that you bought from India?

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    • Hi Tziporah/Cheron,
      Saliva is a very very old probably 7000 or more years old remedy in India.It is found in Ancient Ayurvedic texts to be able to cure many diseases.I have developed a keloid in my ankle and just started the treatment with saliva.Will update on my progress.Thanks both of you for mentioning this.

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    • Hi Tziporah/Cheron,

      Yes, saliva is a very old Indian remedy for many diseases…dates back to many thousand years Ayuvedic texts.My husband has been doing the saliva treatment since 2-3mths for his eyes and doc said he does not need glasses anymore!I have a small keloid in my ankle and just started the saliva treatment.Will post updates soon!

      Indian

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  19. update. still using saliva every morning upon awakening. After about an hour, sometimes less time–doesn’t matter, I squeeze lemon juice on the keloids and let the juice dry–at least an hour, sometimes 2 hours. Wash with warm water. Am doing this twice a day. This, plus the cream I recommended in my previous post, has resulted in my keloids shrinking and skin healing. My keloids are huge because I had a severe burn, so I’m aware it will take a long time. I have also started to drink a glass of lukewarm water into which lemon juice is squeezed first thing when waking up–instead of drinking morning coffee or tea. I have read this is a good way to cleanse internally. I think all of these thingshave helped.

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  20. Tenovate ointment helps to a
    Certain extent.

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  21. Ojo olubunmi ogunsakin September 11, 2013, 11:20 am

    Im just reading al ds 4 d 1st time,i wil surely try it,tho im on cryotheraphy.i av keloid on my right ear,big one,its been 7yrs nw.if i av heard abt ds home remedies b4 i wuldnt av gone 4 cryotheraphy bt al d same,no knowledge is a waste

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  22. will try aspirin and lemon juice,

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  23. I have a keloid on my shoulder since more than 20 yrs and 3 on my chest for 15 yrs. I’m trying everything under the sun but nothing seems to work.
    Please don’t try the “padanjaly” site, it did nothing and they make you buy 2 bottles to make you think it’s necessary. I wanna try the turpentine method. Will keep u updated. Currently I’m using a peeler ointment Retino-A, it got rid of a cousin’s pigmentation by peeling her skin slowly day-by-day, so I’m tryin it now..will look for the turpentine too. Apple cider vinegar was doing fine too as it was eating away at the keloid but it was more irritated and burned. Thx for the updates u guys hope v can find a solution together!

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  24. I have keloid for 18 yr I have had 2 surgery it didn’t work”then I had steroid injection that didn’t work ether. As TJ said I try cream from India called padanly waste $80 that didn’t work. Right now I found site called keloid2012.com bought 2oz cream, that cream doesn’t cure but it cool it down once you apply doesn’t etch for for while . Can’t wait to these new home remedy wish me luck,,,,,,

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  25. Am so glad actually for the information am about to start.

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  26. I had a keloid on my right ear & I had laser surgery. It grew back BIGGER! After that, I did some research & came across a plastic surgeon. I went there & was given steroid injections to decrease & soften the scar tissue(about four office visits) after the last injection, the keloid was removed & my ear was barely noticeable after the stitches were removed. That was done in 2000. I haven’t had any problems

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    • hello shonda…i have very small scar on my chest…i m getting this scar without any injury… Dr’s advice to me take steroid inj. but i m getting worried it may worst …. do u think it will give me good result….

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  27. Don’t use padanjalay ….that is waste of time and money

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  28. Just heard of this home remedy.I wil try baking soda paste. Good luck.

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  29. I got steroid injections from the dermatologist. It took 10-15 trips but they completely are flat from it. Redness fads after that. Its about 50 dollars per visit. It was worth it. Also vitamin E cream helps

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    • Hey what type of steroide injection u have taken ? And how old were ur keloides ?
      Can u pls give me the address of that dermatologist,,.

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  30. Definately i wil try asprin n lemon juice

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  31. Never ever cut a keloid, they grow bigger, I did steroid shots of corti zone and the one on my arm is flat. It used to be an inch long and 3 inches thick, took a lot of injections but it worked. I’ve had them since I was bout 8 now 32. The last shot I received was when I was 16 or 17 yrs old. I still have one on my chest that I’ve been dying to get rid of, it was bigger than the other and I didn’t have insurance any more to get rid of it so I looked this up, thank you all for your info, I hope mine helps!!!

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  32. I have a keliod under my neck. Its and 5 inches long and about 3 to 4 inches thick. I was wondering what can I use to either help remove it or make it less, very less noticeable. I’ve had this keliod for 28 years. I just want it to go away or just fade it; without someone noticing it when they first see me. That’s the first thing they see is my keliod. Thanks so much!

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  33. Hello everyone…… the information that everyone shared was is very interesting. I have had my keloids for about 10 years I have 2 on my chest and about 3 each on my back top ahoulder. I have alwaya dressed around them, but now I know they are home remedies to shrink them even more, I will def be trying them and letting you guys know my progress….again thanks

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  34. am having dis keloid at de back of my ear its less than a yeaar am tryn injections nd aloevera gel will keep u updated

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  35. try de lemon nd aspirin in less dan 3 weeks am seeing improvement

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  36. Virgin saliva is a good treatment as it dissolve fibrosis.in the event of cataract in old age-it disolve the opac material of the Lens.in the same way it dissolve keloid also.should be tried.oral use of a mixture of Apple cider+lemon juice+garlic juice+pure honey warmed up to remain 3/4 of same be taken 30ml.with a lit. Of pure water during a day is most beneficial in most of the non infective diseases & is a good antioxidant as well.it has miraculas anti aging effect.

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  37. I had a cyst on my face, I had to remove it by a plastic surgeon. Now it has left a keloid. I have tried many creams but it would not disappear. I am depressed. Will the aspirin and lemon juice really assist?

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  38. I have a keloid scar from giving birth to twins in 2012 via c-section. My husband kisses it all the time and the babies like to play with it. I absolutely HATE the way it looks. I am determined to get rid of it. I am going to try the baking soda, asprin, and lemon juice. I hope it works and quickly.

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    • Hi, I have a keloid from an emergancy c-section when I had my son nearly 4 yrs ago, it drives me nutty, I had cortisone injections in it and was so unbelievably painful, I just couldn’t go back for more. I have spent a lot of money on creams that didn’t work. It’s nice to find someone else experiencing the same from a pregnancy, up until now I havent heard of anyone else.. I am going to try the asprin and lemon and see what happens, hopefully it works, I literally feel like I could go nuts when it itches and is nearly always sore, wishing you good luck with yours :)

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  39. Muchizushiso Yoshioka April 12, 2014, 5:15 pm

    DO NOT TRY STEROIDS/INJECTIONS. I tried that on my chest and hell shit. It was damn painful. No cream was given although they poked in and out like 20 times. While otw home I’m like bleeding there. Jeez. Bleeded for almost the entire day. Pain was unbearable and it mademy keloid bluish black.

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  40. I have keloids on chest for many years. Now 53 I had one to start with at the age of 16 with no resulting injury as a cause. Just began as a small pimple and grew from there. Got cortizone injections and it flattened out the original one but another one developed below it as a result. Tried injections for the new one as well but got the same result as another one developed below it. I learned then that the injections were making matters worse and refrained from further treatments.

    I would advise anyone thinking of injections to not do so. I tried over the counter gels and creams, as well as silicone sheets which does seem to work to a degree but seem to fall short of completely putting the keloid in the dormant state necessary to stop any further growth. This site appears to have some very good advice with home remedies and I will be trying as many as necessary in the coming weeks and months. when I find a method that works I will post my results here. I believe strongly that nature always provides the best treatment possible when it comes to our health and well being. Plus it saves money in the long run from not trying many costly and sometimes unsafe alternatives.

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  41. Keloids come from lack of iodine in your diet. Table salt that contains iodine,also contains chlorine,which neutralizes the iodine. A iodine supplement and using Seasalt can help get rid of and prevent new keloids from forming, along with your other treatments.

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