I thought this was interesting: I haven't personally had much experience with SSKI topically unless it is to put on a blemish on my face...it trumps Lugol's for sure when I don't want that orange Iodine stain to show! Apparently SSKI works very nicely for dimimishing the keloid scars if it is applied twice daily for as many months as it takes, possibly a year or more, but it would be easy to just make a habit of applying it where needed as part of the daily routine. I hope this info helps somebody!
I might try SSKI on my shoulder scar, I guess it is a keloid, or a better description of it would be: uuuugly.
Q: I have for years been getting treatments about every five months for keloids on my chest. The treatments involve needles and are very uncomfortable-and my condition hasn’t really gotten any better. I’m wondering if there are any other treatment options that can eliminate my keloids or at least get me away from the needles.
Dr. Wright: For those readers who may not be familiar with them, keloids are a type of scar. Unlike “normal” scars, the tissue of keloids piles up, elevating the scar above the surface of the skin, sometimes as much as half an inch.
As you’ve discovered, there’s no patent medicine that effectively prevents or treats keloids. Trying to remove a keloid surgically is rarely effective and usually results in another one just as bad as before-if not worse.
Fortunately, natural medicine offers a safe and permanent treatment for keloids: potassium Iodide (SSKI). SSKI must be rubbed into the keloid at least twice daily (more applications offer even better results) for several months to more than a year, depending on the severity of the keloid. Be patient, because progress often isn’t obvious for two to three months.
Despite the somewhat lengthy treatment period, persistence pays off. Eventually, SSKI will diminish a keloid scar until it’s just an “ordinary” scar, flat to the skin surface again. At that point, the SSKI applications can be discontinued and the keloid won’t re-establish itself.
SSKI is been available over-the-counter in a few locations. If you can’t find it in a natural food store near you, contact the Tahoma Clinic Dispensary (with which I am affiliated) at (888)893-6878 or http://www.tahoma-clinic.com.
Using SSKI topically is very safe unless you have an Iodine allergy. But if there’s any doubt at all, it’s best to work with a physician-member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (800-532-3688 or http://www.acam.org)
or the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (1-703-610-9037 or http://www.naturopathic.org).