Keloids are intensely painful, unsightly, and generally unpleasant. They are a type of scar that is caused by all kinds of skin injuries, including piercings, acne, burns, and lacerations of any kind. They vary in appearance and in the amount of pain that they cause, sometimes they are small and itchy, while other times they are large and painful. It varies by person, and the most common remedies are the use of intense cold by a doctor (like is used in warts), and radiotherapy. While both options have a high success rate, many people look for a more natural and homeopathic remedy to remove keloids.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar (alternative: lemon juice). Everyone knows that apple cider vinegar ends up being a cure-all for many different afflictions and issues, and keloids are no different. The vinegar helps to reduce the burning sensation that sometimes occurs with them, as well as helps to reduce the redness and size of the scar. Apply the vinegar to the area directly, massaging it into the entirety of the location. Let it dry on your skin, then reapply for maximum effectiveness. You can repeat this as many times as necessary, as well as multiple times a day. It’s recommended to continue this treatment for four to five weeks in order to ensure that it goes away. If it happens to cause irritation to your skin, you can dilute it with water.
2. Baking Soda Paste. Baking soda ha many uses throughout the home, in baking, and in personal hygiene. For keloids, the abrasiveness of this paste is used as a harsh exfoliant to help reduce the size and aggravated appearance of the scar. Mix one part baking soda with three parts peroxide to create a paste that can be slathered onto the area. Let it sit on the area so reduce inflammation and to speed up the healing process. Repeat multiple times a day.
3. Honey. Almost everyone has honey in their cabinet (bonus: it never goes bad!), so this is an easy one to use to treat the issue. Apply the honey directly to the affected area and massage into area which will help to heal and moisturize the area. Regular application should be used over a few weeks and will heal the keloids. Massaging the area will also help circulation and clean the area.
4. Garlic. Another staple that most households have. You can use all kinds of different garlic in order to have the same effect. Garlic oil, crushed garlic, or a slice of a clove will all have the same effect. Place the garlic onto the affected area and let it sit for 10 or so minutes, then wash the area thoroughly. If it aggravates your skin, leave it on for less time and immediately wash the area.
5. Acetaminophen. Many regular over the counter pain relievers contain acetaminophen, and any of those can be used to make a paste. Just crush a pill and mix it with a few drops of water until it reaches a paste-like consistency and apply it to the area. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes and then wash it off. Repeat the process daily.