Keloid scars are raised, reddish scars that develops at the site of an injury, often after surgery or a serious accident. While keloid scars are not dangerous, they can be uncomfortable and unsightly. While medical treatments like excision and injection may work, these treatments are expensive and invasive. However, there are some natural treatments that can help get rid of keloid scars. These treatments have not been approved by the FDA, however, so talk with your dermatologist or doctor before starting a new treatment.
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Mustard Seed Oil, Rose Essential Oil and Jojoba Oil
According to Vasant Lad, author of "The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies,” a mixture of mustard seed oil, rose essential oil and jojoba oil can be applied to the skin to help get rid of keloid scars and other scars on the body.
Combine 1 tbsp. mustard seed oil, 1 tsp. rose essential oil and 8 tbsp. jojoba oil in a small container and shake it vigorously to combine the ingredients. Gently apply a small amount of the mixture to the affected area and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water and washing with a mild cleanser. Apply your regular moisturizer if you use one. This treatment can be applied daily unless you notice irritation or redness. Unused portions of the mixture can be kept in a cool, dark place for one month.
Lavender Essential Oil, Calendula Essential Oil and Coconut Oil
According to Ann Worwood, author of "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” a mixture of lavender essential oil, calendula essential oil and coconut oil can be applied to the skin to help get rid of keloid scars on the body.
Combine ½ tsp. lavender essential oil, ½ tsp. calendula essential oil and 10 tsp. coconut oil. Shake vigorously to combine. Gently massage a small amount of the liquid onto the skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with cool, clean water and washing with a gentle cleanser. This treatment can be repeated daily unless you notice any irritation or adverse reactions. Unused portions of this mixture can be stored in a dark, cool and dry place for 30 days.
Vitamin E Oil, Aloe Vera Gel and Cocoa Butter
According to Julie Gabriel, author of "The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances,” vitamin E oil, aloe vera gel and cocoa butter can help get rid of keloid scars on the body.
Combine 1 tsp. vitamin E oil, 2 tsp. aloe vera gel and 1 tbsp. cocoa butter in a small container, and stir to combine. Apply a thick layer of the mixture to the affected area and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wipe the excess off the skin and allow the rest to dry naturally. There is no need to rinse the skin or wash with soap unless the mixture bothers your skin. Unused portions of this mixture can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 5 days, if necessary.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- "The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies"; Vasant Lad; 1999
- "The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances"; Julie Gabriel; 2008
- "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy"; Ann Worwood; 1991
- American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: Keloids And Hypertrophic Scars
- Mayo Clinic: Skin Problem Treatments at Mayo Clinic