Prevention is always better and easier than cure, but we all have scars somewhere that we wish could disappear. It might be a wound that healed but left a bad mark or it’s a wound that never healed completely. Some scars leave a dent in the skin and can still feel sensitive, while other scars bulge out like a keloid scar.
The good news is, it is possible to get rid of those nasty scars once and for all…
One very easy trick to dissolve a scar tissue is to apply iodine directly to the scar tissue.
Iodine works extraordinarily well for wound healing, as it includes a broad antimicrobial spectrum, has a lack of resistance, is effective against biofilms and excess inflammation and is well tolerated (1). However, crude honey is even better than iodine to promote wound healing (2).
But not only does iodine promote wound healing, it actually helps to dissolve scar tissue.
Topical iodine can initiate, control and complete human scar regeneration. Within 3 days of topical iodine scar tissue starts to regenerate. Stopping topical iodine halts the process.
Topical Lugol’s iodine solution applied daily to the scar enhanced vasodilation and blood flow to the scar tissue. It also induces hair growth in and around scars. Hair is regeneration’s workhorse. A strand of hair moves purposefully in all directions under arrector pili muscle power, transporting white material (called regenate material) to different cells in regenerating areas. In addition, hair repeatedly self-amputates, which may be an important part of tissue strengthening and scaffolding (3).
A case report in this study completely regenerated a very large 50 year old scar in 18 months (4).
Innervation of scar tissue is also essential, but using only iodine was sufficient to completely regenerate scar tissue.
My own experience
I started applying one drop of Lugols iodine to a deep scar I had on the inside of my lower leg, about 5 inches above my ankle, that was more than 10 years old. The scar tissue was white and still sensitive to the touch. After the first iodine application, I started experiencing a deep itch which left the scar feeling rather sensitive. The itch disappears within about 5-10minutes. After about a week of daily application, I could literally see how the size of the scar tissue was shrinking. The sensitivity also reduced during this time period. After about 2 weeks, the top layer of the scar tissue peeled off and I had new skin underneath it. I also experienced new hair starting to grow out of the scar, just like the study above stated. There is now no more dent where the scar was, but the scar area is now red, indicating enhanced blood flow and regeneration.
Because the iodine can be drying to the skin, I also apply honey to that area about 1 hour after the iodine application. The honey helps to keep the tissue hydrated and provide nutrients for the healing process.
I also applied topical iodine to other scars that were only shallow cuts. I also experience intense itching with these scars and after a few days the scar starts to peel off, almost like dandruff, and this continues over time until there is no scar left.
I used Lugol’s iodine for topical application.
For a fresh wound, I would advise applying raw unfiltered untreated honey to it, but for an old scar, topical iodine and honey can work wonders.