Often acne and other skin infections, injuries, burns and scrapes leave behind scars that could fill up with Collagen and turn into Keloids over time. Prompted by uneven re-growth of tissue, Keloids are ugly looking, itchy and bumpy scars that are commonly found on the neck, upper hands, arms, chest or back and are usually purplish or light pink in color. Beyond the conventional treatment like topical creams and surgery lies the less invasive and remarkably effective treatment by use of natural remedies. Simple, cheaper and home-based
Here Are 12 Natural Remedies That You Can Opt For To Ease Out Keloids
Mustard oil being antifungal and antiseptic is an great option for a quick reduction of Keloids from affected areas. Apply mustard oil directly or after mixing it with a pinch of turmeric and lemon for the added benefits. You can keep the mixture on for 5-10 minutes before massaging gently for several minutes by adding some more oil.
Baking soda has strong abrasive properties and can clear up skin by exfoliating it and reducing inflammation. If applied regularly to Keloids, it causes fading and smoothening of the fibrous areas. To use, mix, baking soda with hydrogen peroxide in proportion of 1 to 3 and apply this paste several times daily.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A grandma’s solution for many skin and health issues, Apple Cider Vinegar is quite effective in reducing the redness and fibrous bumps visibly. It should be directly applied and massaged onto the spot so that it gets absorbed. Follow this for three times a day for three weeks for results to show.
Sandalwood is mildly antiseptic and has skin lightening ability. When combined with rose water it can be applied to Keloids for healing, lightening of the scars and skin toning. Apply and let the mixture stay on the affected areas overnight before massaging it clean in the morning.
Honey With Indian Gooseberries
Honey is one of the most popular skin improving natural ingredients you can use at home. Add to it Indian Gooseberries aka Amla and you get a perfect recipe to fade those glaring Keloids away. Grind the gooseberries to obtain two tablespoons of their pulp and add to this one tablespoon honey. The mixture should be massaged and allowed to dry before being rinsed off in an hour. A thrice daily routine will quickly clear the scars.
Aloe Vera gel has amazing skin hydrating, exfoliating and healing properties and it can be used singularly or with vitamin E oil for best results. Clean up the Keloids covered skin with lukewarm water and apply fresh Aloe Vera gel. Allow the gel to be absorbed and dry before washing off. Alternately, take a spoonful of Aloe gel with one spoonful vitamin E oil and a dash of cocoa butter. This thick paste should be applied and dried for minimum 30 minutes.
Garlic has proven to control and reduce the fibroblast growth on the skin that leads to keloid formation. Fresh garlic or garlic in extract or oil form can be effectively applied to affected skin and allowed to remain for 5-10 minutes. Repeat this twice daily for a month and watch Keloids disappear!
When it comes to rejuvenation of skin and healing Keloids, Lavender oil is a top performer. It aids in regeneration of new skin cells, acts as an antiseptic and reduces scarring. Apply lavender oil on Keloids and massage for a few minutes. You can add half spoonfuls of olive oil, sesame oil and tea tree oils to it and store in a container for regular use.
Lemon juice with high acidic content and vitamin C is an extraordinary home remedy to treat scarred and fibrous Keloids. The antioxidants present in Lemon juice help expedite healing and removal of excess collagen collected. Apply pure lemon juice to Keloids two times a day for a minimum of one month.
Calendula when applied in a cream or gel form works to reduce inflammation of Keloids. It encourages healing and can be massaged regularly to the Keloid-covered spots for achieving effective fading of the scars.
Black gram tones the uneven Keloids spots and lightens the scars. Soak and grind black gram and add a teaspoon each of sandalwood powder, lemon juice and honey. The paste can be applied overnight and used daily for positive results.
Aspirin is a superb scar fading agent. Grind three aspirin tablets and add little water to obtain an even paste. Apply the paste like any face pack to scarred areas and keep till it dries up. The area should be massaged and rinsed before being moisturized with olive or mustard oil.