Does Aloe Vera Help Get Rid of Keloid Scars? (Natural Treatments and Tips)

Aloe Vera has many beneficial uses in the world of skincare. From vanishing skin moles to promoting that healthy glow that makes us feel oh so pretty. However, there is a thought that has crossed the minds of many folks these days... Does Aloe Vera help get rid of keloid scars?

Aloe Vera has incredible healing qualities and is also an antiseptic. It also has antibacterial properties and is great at keeping the skin moist. This makes it rich in skin-treating components that don’t just remove spots, but also help the skin to recover uniformly after a keloid scar.

With that in mind, I decided to do some research, and here’s what I’ve found...

Is Aloe Vera Good for Keloid Scars?

Aloe Vera is known to be one of the main ingredients of home remedies that have been proven helpful to many types of skin conditions and damages. Here are some ways it works with keloids:

Aloe Vera treats keloid skin damage

For one, it has unmatched regeneration power when applied to the skin. What I mean is that it treats virtually all kinds of skin damages, from burns to injuries, surgeries and everything in between.

Once the treatment phase is over, you can again turn to Aloe Vera to remove or, at the very least, reduce the scar that arose from that skin damage. That goes for ordinary scars as well as keloid scars.

Yep, Aloe Vera keloid scar removal is a thing! A great thing actually. This magical gel contains mannose phosphate, a compound that promotes the proper growth of tissues after skin damage.

It is that growth that allows healing and sealing of a wound while at the same time preventing the development of keloid scars.

If it turns into a keloid scar anyway, the saponin that’s in Aloe Vera will prevent it from getting infected. Besides, Aloe Vera stimulates the production of collagen, which in turn triggers skin tissues to repair themselves. Good stuff all around!

Aloe Vera evens skin tone after keloid scar

In addition to saponin, Aloe Vera gel is rich in phytosterol. Don’t mind the big name, all you need to know is that this compound plays probably the biggest role in Aloe Vera keloid treatment. A keloid scar occurs when cells clump up too much, forcing a part of the skin to harden and swell.

The scar usually takes a different color from your natural skin tone and, more often than not, creates an unsightly skin. That’s where phytosterol and monosaccharides, which are found abundantly in natural Aloe Vera gel, come to the rescue.

They improve the look of a keloid scar remarkably and if used consistently can remove the scar and restore the skin’s original tone. The other way through which Aloe Vera restores an even skin tone is by moisturizing the keloid-affected area.

Remember that it's critically important to keep a keloid scar well moisturized, and as far as moisturizing agents go, I dare say that none is better than Aloe Vera. This gel hydrates all the layers of the skin, including the dermis.

Not many moisturizers penetrate the skin to that particular layer, something I find so ironic considering that a nourished dermis is crucial to the skin’s recovery after damage.

Aloe Vera treats keloid-related infections

What if your keloid scar is too stubborn to go away even after using Aloe Vera? Well, you can try to treat it against things like infections. And – you guessed it – Aloe Vera keloid treatment is the best way to go. Keloid scars usually become painful and itchy as they continue to grow.

Don’t even get me started on how much they usually grow because these scars can keep growing for months or even years. At some point, they start rubbing on clothes and causing irritation and itchiness. If you get one of these devilish scars on a joint it can limit your range of motion in that joint. That’s how bad they are.

Luckily, Aloe Vera has antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties that reduce inflammation, disinfect the scar and make the skin firmer in that region. It also contains a ton of minerals (like magnesium, potassium, and sodium) and amino acids that disinfect the inner layers of the skin.

I haven’t even mentioned the Vitamins A, C, and L-Lysine, all of which give the skin its ability to move normally without limiting your motion. The point here is, if you can’t do Aloe Vera keloid scar removal, then you can treat the scar from infections, itching, irritation and so much more.

Keep in mind that you almost definitely won’t be able to remove a keloid scar that’s older than a year. In which case using Aloe Vera to treat some of the associated problems may be your only option.

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What Type of Aloe Vera Works Best?

First things first, stick to the real thing. Use the natural Aloe Vera gel from the Aloe plant, not the type that’s sold in stores. Now that that’s out of the way, you may want to know that there are over 300 types of Aloe plants. Out of all of them, only three are widely used: Aloe Barbadensis Miller, Aloe Arborescens and Aloe Saponaria.

Barbadensis Miller is undoubtedly the most common and most known Aloe plant. You can identify it using its many white spots, even though they usually disappear when the pup hits maturity. Although it’s good for treating skin problems, its high aloin and emodin content make it an even better antiviral, antibacterial, and analgesic.

It does have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibiotic qualities as well. Next up is the Arborescens. This one usually grows taller than all the other Aloe plants, at times reaching the height of a tree. It has multiple heads and grows in a sprawling manner. It’s an edible Aloe that’s best known for treating constipation and other digestive issues.

More importantly to our context, the Aloe Arborescens contains the highest concentration of the compounds that are found in all Aloe plants. That makes it an excellent agent for Aloe Vera keloid scar prevention, removal, and treatment.

Here’s where things get even more interesting: In Ecuador, Arborescens is used as the first treatment for a range of skin problems, including scratches, bites, and burns up to the 3rd degree. The only problem is that it doesn’t produce a lot of gel.

The Aloe Saponaria solves that problem. It is the most used Aloe plant in the cosmetic industry because it produces a very high amount of juice. The gel is not as concentrated as what you will get in the Aloe Arborescens but it’s enough to be used commercially.

You can distinguish it from the rest using its reddish-brown or bluish-green leaves that are typically fleshy. If you have keloid scars, then this is the one you want to keep in your house at all times. In fact, you can get a few pots and plant it yourself rather than having to buy it every time you run out of supply.

How to Treat Keloid Scars with Aloe Vera

First, you need to know the parts of an Aloe Vera plant that are medicinally useful. There are only two: its leaves and latex. The latter is a yellow pulp that is found just under the plant’s skin.

It’s usually ingested to treat certain problems in the digestive tract. That’s not our point of interest today, so we will skip straight to the leaves.

Aloe Vera leaves contain a clear gel, which when extracted, can be used to prevent, remove, or treat keloid scars. So, how do you go about using the Aloe leaf? Start by cutting it open and extracting its gel.

Next, clean the keloid scar thoroughly with warm water and then apply the gel. Leave it for at least 30 minutes and then rinse off. If you’re going to bed you can leave the gel overnight, there won’t be any unwanted effects. Do this at least two times per day for the best results.

You’re probably wondering whether using aloe vera gel for keloid scars is safe. You’ll be glad to know that it is for most people when used topically. However, it’s important that you observe how your body reacts. While highly uncommon, allergic reactions and skin irritations can occur.

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Tips to Help Prevent Keloids Scars Using Aloe Vera

1.)  Start early

Aloe Vera keloid scar prevention works best when the scar is fresh. Usually, a wound starts to close from the inside before closing on the outside. What you need to do is apply Aloe Vera before the inside closes to prevent those cells from clumping up and forming a keloid scar. While you can still reverse the growth of keloid cells, the process may not bear good results if the scar has existed for more than a year.

2.)  Moisturize the wound

This is one way of preventing a keloid scar from occurring in the first place. Prevention is better than cure, right? Right, and when you moisturize a wound you minimize cells that can cause keloid scars to develop. You also prevent the wound from reopening.

3.)  Let the gel dry on its own 

Once you have applied Aloe Vera gel on a keloid scar, give it enough time to dry on its own. That will ensure that all the medicinal properties of Aloe Vera are fully absorbed.

4.)  Protect the scar from the sun

When you expose a keloid scar to the sun it only gets worse. It starts to darken and look worse than before; so much that Aloe Vera might not help much. Consider using protective clothing and/or sunscreen to protect the scar.

5.)  More is better 

I have mentioned that you should apply Aloe gel to a keloid scar at least two times per day. That’s the recommended minimum. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t do it more often. Even 5 or 6 times per day won’t hurt. That way you will keep the scar constantly moisturized and with the healing properties of Aloe Vera at all times.

Wrapping It Up

Treating or removing keloid scars with Aloe Vera is not so hard, is it? Definitely not. The best part is that you can grow your own Aloe plants. Keep them healthy so that they produce enough gel that’s sufficiently concentrated to remove keloid scars. That nutrient-rich gel will restore your skin to its beautiful and natural look in no time.

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