Can Honey Help Get Rid Of Keloid Scars?

Can honey cure keloids? Here's something I've wondered for a while as I've learned about its many beneficial uses when mixed into your skincare routine. Well, along with some great food recipes... 

So, can honey help get rid of keloid scars? It has been proven to be effective in healing burns and wounds, and in recent times, it has also been proven that continuous use of honey can help treat Keloid scars. Unfortunately, it doesn’t completely remove them.

Keloid scars tend to take a lot of work to completely get rid of them. But I’ve found there are some ways honey can help reduce the appearance of keloids. So let's get into that below...

Is Honey Good For Keloid Scar Treatment?

Honey's ability to treat keloid scars comes from its inherent anti-inflammatory properties. In a 2015 review, the healing properties of honey were greatly elaborated, especially when it comes to burns and keloids.

No one needs too much evidence to believe that this is true. At some point, you must have seen honey being used for other things other than cooking and eating.

For some of us who grew up living with our grandparents, we've seen real-time how honey can be used as a remedy for hot water burns and some degrees of fire burns.

So its effectiveness in clearing up keloid scars doesn't come as a surprise. It is a natural alternative to other synthetic treatment options for keloid scars such as corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs (non-steroidal) like aspirin.

Synthetic treatment for treating scars like the ones I just mentioned are known for their harmful side effects, so having a natural alternative like honey is a breath of fresh air.

The downside to using honey for this treatment is the fact that there is a big chance of keloid scars re-emerging after the completion of treatment. But honey's unique moisturizing effect on the skin is rare and as such, it can effectively cure and hydrate any part of the skin.

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Types of Honey That Works Best With Keloid Scars

Not every type of honey will heal keloid scars. So if you were thinking of going to buy a batch of industrially manufactured honey, please hold-on, you can't afford to make such a mistake. To make sure that you are applying the right honey that will guarantee the right results, here are a few types of honey for keloid scars:

Manuka Honey

This is a unique type of honey from New Zealand. It is gotten from wild Manuka trees in New Zealand. Manuka honey is known for its many health benefits and a rich store of special compounds that are not found in regular honey. It's no wonder why it has found use in so many aspects of human health.

One of the highly effective compounds found in Manuka honey is methylglyoxal. It is responsible for most of the benefits the honey possesses such as antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. This means that the more methylglyoxal that manuka honey contains, the more potent it is viewed to be in the grand scheme of things.

Apart from methylglyoxal, manuka honey contains three other potent compounds that are highly effective in healing wounds and slowing down the formation of scar tissues. A typical wound dressed with manuka honey has a very low pH.

This means that the honey creates an acidic environment in and around the wound. In this kind of environment, the chances of the wound getting infected are incredibly low and its healing process is significantly boosted.

Effective and fast healing of wounds will, in turn, ensure that scar tissue formation is brought to the barest minimum. In general terms, you can prevent wounds from developing scars by dressing them with manuka honey at the initial stage.

Tualang Honey (TH)

This is multi-floral honey produced by rock bees (Apis Dorsata) in Malaysia. Unlike other species of bees, these ones love to build their hives on very tall tualang trees located in the North-western part of Peninsular Malaysia. So it's not rocket science to guess where the honey got its name from!

Thanks to its properties, so much researches have been conducted and several publications have been released to prove the health benefits of using tualang honey. Some of the findings have been precise and conclusive.

It has been shown that TH possesses antioxidant, anti-proliferate, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antimutagenic, antidiabetic, and antitumor properties. Incidentally, the majority of these properties are useful in wound healing processes and scar treatment and prevention.

According to a publication released by the Malaysian Journal of Medicinal Sciences on the effects of tualang honey, TH is highly effective against gram-negative bacterial found in burns and wounds.

When it comes to treating keloids, tualang honey's anti-proliferative effect influences keloid fibroblast positively as long as a regular dose has been applied.

This is further enhanced by other constituents of the honey including palmitic acid, Oleic acid, Stearic acid, octadecanoic acid, and linoleic acid. So if you are looking for effective honey for keloid scars, you may want to look out for honey that takes its roots from Taulang.

Honey Gels

Some manufacturers who have harnessed the riches of honey in manufacturing gels that are effective against Keloid scars. Quite a number of them are available in most local stores if you wish to look for them. However, they are not as effective as the natural forms, you'd be better off sticking with natural honey than some processed concoction.

Most Effective Ways To Treat Keloid Scars With Honey 

Keloids develop on the skin for several reasons which include bad tattoos, chickenpox, poorly healed wounds, cuts, burns, surgical incisions and so much more.

Among the most effective remedies for this condition is the use of honey which we have already seen. Its consistent and correct application is vital and would determine whether its application will be effective or not.

If you wish to use honey to treat your keloids, here are a few steps that you should adopt:

  • Get fresh natural honey and rub it gently and directly on the keloid scars
  • Massage it in for a few minutes and leave it to stand for about 40 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water

To get the maximum result, you should apply honey on the scars twice every day for a couple of weeks.

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Are There Any Side Effects?

Using honey to treat keloid scars is a natural procedure that has no real adverse side effects. So you have absolutely nothing to worry about especially if you are 100% sure that you are applying natural honey. The only downside to the use of honey in treating keloid scars is the fact that outgrowths may re-occur after completing the treatment. Apart from this, you have nothing to worry about.

Related Questions

Can honey prevent keloid scars?:

While honey can treat keloid scars, it is also effective in preventing them. Keloids arise sometimes because wounds, cuts, and burns get infected or did not properly heal. This is as a result of the alkaline nature of the wound environment before healing. 

Infections, microbes and other nasties thrive is a very high pH environment and will trigger the process of scar tissue formation if not well taken care of.

If wounds and burns are dressed with natural honey at the early stages, a low pH environment (acidic) is created which kills invading microbes and tames the production of scar tissues.

Can I leave honey on my keloid scars overnight?:

Once again, as long as you are 100% sure that you are using pure natural honey, you do not have a lot to worry about. You can leave honey on the keloid scars overnight if it remains on the keloid scars alone.

Make sure to completely wash it off in the morning before you begin your day. Raw natural honey is a powerful exfoliator, so it can eliminate dry and dull skin and reveal the fresh skin cells lying underneath.

So if it stays too long on some skin types, it may cause some form of irritation. This is why you must ensure that the honey stays only on the keloid spot if you wish to keep it for the entire night.

How often should I use honey on my scars?:

With natural remedies like honey, the more you use them, the more effects you are likely to get. As mentioned before, treating keloids with honey will only work if it is consistently applied to the scar spots.

There isn't any official prescription for how many times you should apply natural honey to your keloid scars, but twice a day would do just fine in most cases.

If you can increase it to thrice, then you may see faster results than others who don't. The trick is to do it consistently every day. Anything short of this will likely generate poor results which I am sure you wouldn't like.

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