[toc]Keloids, the lumpy and fibrous nodules at the site of a healed skin injury, often cause great discomfort and pain making the life of the sufferer almost impossible. This weird and exaggerated type of scar that develops around a wound often comes on the chest, back, arms and the upper part of the hand. There are many options to remove painful keloids including surgery, laser treatments, steroid injections, silicone sheet therapy, cyotherapy or freezing of keloids, radiation etc.
But home remedies are the best option to remove these benign and non-contagious rubbery lesions from the skin safely. In some people complete removal of keloids might be impossible with home remedies, but the bumpy appearance can be lessened to a great extent.
Home Remedies For Keloids
Home remedies for keloids mainly comprise simple and easily available ingredients that you usually find in your kitchen cupboards.
Natural Oil Therapy
Natural oils are generally considered really good in soothing and curing painful keloids. Gently massaging the affected areas with a blend of mustard seed oil, rose essential oil and jojoba oil is reported to deliver positive results. The scars left by keloids can be reduced to a great extend by oil massage.
Equal amounts of lavender essential oil, calendula essential oil and coconut oil can be blended and massaged on the affected areas for 15-20 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Skin cell rejuvenating properties of these oils guarantee faster and better results in reducing the appearance of keloids. A mix of lavender oil and tea tree essential oil or olive oil is also beneficial in treating the skin condition. Tea tree oil can be used also in isolation.
Honey is a great home remedy for curing keloids. This natural humectant has the intrinsic ability to nourish the skin and keep it well-hydrated and super moisturized.
Regularly massaging the keloid-affected part of the skin with organic honey can do wonders in shrinking the lesion, and in enhancing the skin texture. Massaging will improve blood circulation around the area, which is essential to speed up the healing process.
Fuller’s earth is a very popular home remedy not only for keloids, but also for all types of scars left by acne, burns and other skin disorders.
Good quality fuller’s earth can be mixed with a few drops of lemon juice and rose water and can be applied directly on the affected parts. Rinse off with plain water after 20-30 minutes. Gently massage while rinsing off.
Sandalwood powder is a great home remedy for keloids. Get pure sandalwood powder and mix it with rose water. Apply this fine paste on the fibrous tissue growth on regular basis.
Continuous application for two to three weeks will deliver brilliant results. You can even leave this paste on the scars overnight for more vigorous results.
Vitmain E is an essential skin nutrient that will nourish your skin and heal almost all the skin problems. Therapeutic properties contained in vitamin E will do wonders in removing keloid scars.
Break one vitamin E capsule and apply the liquid directly on the scars to promote healing. In order to get enhanced results, you can mix vitamin E oil with cocoa butter and aloe vera gel. You can even make use of vitamin E enriched creams that are easily available from drug stores.
This humble item from kitchen is popularly used as a home remedy for keloids. Onion extract has the reputation for being an efficient scar eliminator. Grind a white onion and strain out the juice. Dip a clean cotton ball in this juice and apply over the entire affected areas of skin.
You will find considerable decrease in the appearance of keloid scar. The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and collagen-suppressive properties in onion do the trick of softening and smoothening scars.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV is another great home remedy for treating keloids and keloid scars. You can either use it in diluted or undiluted form. ACV should e applied on the scars at regular intervals throughout the day to observe significant results.
Freshly squeezed aloe vera pulp is effective in curing keloids. This translucent juice is loaded with soothing antibacterial properties that will enhance the texture of skin. It works by enhancing the appearance of skin tone and by soothing the raised tissues.
Gently massaging the affected areas with aloe vera pulp is effective in suppressing the tissues and fading the scars. This natural plant juice helps in keeping your skin well moisturized and hydrated, and thus reduces itching and irritation associated with painful keloids.
Aloe vera also lessens inflammation and infections. Aloe vera oil also can be applied on the affected area. After application, the area can be covered with gauze to expedite the healing process.
Garlic oil or garlic paste can be used as an excellent home remedy for treating keloids. Slight burning sensation is natural while applying garlic pulp to the affected area, but it will really pay off. Huice from crushed garlic can be directly applied on the affected area twice daily.
It can be rinsed off with cold water after 30 minutes. Garlic is packed with anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties which will help in preventing the keloids from coming back. People with ultra sensitive skin should avoid applying garlic extract on scarred areas.
Baking soda is another simple ingredient from the kitchen cupboard that functions pretty well in curing keloids. Mix baking soda with a little water and gently rub it on the affected area several times a day. Baking soda can also be mixed with hydrogen peroxide or potassium bicarbonate for enhanced results.
Baking soda will kill bacterial infection in the skin. This paste is sure to reduce the size of keloid. And with regular use you can expect significant level of improvement in skin texture.
The motto ‘prevention is better than cure’ is very much significant in the case of keloids. Utmost care should be taken in case of wounds or cuts to prevent keloids from coming up. Early treatment should be adopted after the occurrence of keloids, and home remedies are the best ad safe option.