How castor oil healed my scar (with before and after photos!)
last updated on 15 June 2011
* My story
* How I used castor oil on my scar
* How my scar changed as it healed
* My before-and-after photos
I’ve been writing about castor oil a lot, mainly because I’ve had some wonderful results from it personally. Among other things, castor oil has aided in my recovery from PCOS and dissolved a painful calcium deposit on my heel. That it could do those things were amazing to me — it still is.
Sometimes though, I find myself reluctant to write about my own positive experiences because the extent of my successful healing can sound like I’m making it all up. I think part of it is because the “accepted” way of getting treatment for most of the modern Western world is to go to a doctor, take lots of pills (ALL of which are liver-toxic, by the way) or go for painful surgery (which may or may not make things worse). If you do these things, no one will question your sanity or your prudence.
This is despite the fact that most modern, accepted treatments = expensive, with possibly harmful side effects, may/may not even work, usually become ineffective when discontinued (which means you are chained for life), only seeks to treat the surface symptoms, abandons even the pretense of healing as its aim (this last one makes me want to alternately cry and tear my hair out because it is sheer madness… unethical, even).
Meanwhile, the method of treatment I’m proposing (castor oil) is so simple, cheap and effective that many will write it off without even giving it a chance. After all, how can it work when it’s not expensive, painful and harmful to us, right? I know some might mock me or think me as simple-minded, or even worse, a scam artist…
The other day, someone asked me in the comments if I was writing about castor oil because I make money by selling it. I do not produce or sell castor oil on this site or anywhere else. I never have. All the ads on my article pages are contextual ads, not direct product ads. My first instinct when reading this commenterÆs question was to feel somewhat hurt/indignant. But after a while, I ended up feeling quite grateful to the commenter as it gave me a chance to clarify an issue that I didnÆt even know might
I seem to have rambled on a bit here… My point is, in the end, it really doesn’t matter what some choose to believe or disbelieve about castor oil. It only matters what I believe/experience/do/ultimately share with the world. I know my messages will go out to those who really need it. That to me is everything. And that is partly why I’ve decided to write this article. Hopefully, it will convince some people to open up their minds a little. Well, I can hope!
This article is quite different from my other ones. I’ve realised that while it’s one thing for me to TELL people about my experience with using castor oil, it’s quite something else when I can SHOW them. That’s right, I’m putting aside any self-consciousness I have and showing everyone my own before-and-after photos. Yeah!!! And here we go…
The story of how I healed my scar using castor oil
THE SHORT VERSION: I successfully healed a four-year old deep burn scar on my leg by using castor oil. Scroll down for photos galore. The end.
THE LONG VERSION: In 2007, I accidentally burned my leg on a very hot motorcycle exhaust pipe. Yes, I lead a very exciting life. :) The burn was on the inner calf of my right leg. My initial injury can be classified as a deep second-degree burn. After the wound scabbed and peeled over a couple of weeks, the scarred skin that emerged:
* was almost completely hairless
* much less sensitive to touch than the normal, healthy skin around it. These mean the burn was deep and severe enough to have “killed” most of the hair follicles as well as some nerve endings.
* had a complete and “permanent” change in color. This was mostly hyper-pigmentation (darkening) mixed with a bit of hypo-pigmentation (loss of color), which is common in deep burns. The pigment change was dermal (reached the lower dermis layer of the skin, as opposed to the upper epidermis only), deep enough that conventional lightening treatments such as hydroquinone could do nothing to change it.
* there was also a slight crescent-shaped depression close to the centre of the scar. I could feel the dip in my skin by touch alone.
Fast forward to October 2009, when I started using castor oil on my leg.
After 9 months (or by June 2010), the scar was almost gone. Amazingly, after this nine-month period:
* there was normal hair growth (I know the photos below don’t show the hair, but that’s only because I’ve shaved my legs. )
* my touch sensitivity returned, nerves I previously thought were dead and gone were revived back to life
* skin color/pigmentation returned to normal, blending in almost flawlessly with my surrounding skin. This was not something I expected at all since I have olive skin or Type IV skin
* the small depression had mostly filled in with healthy new tissue
In the most recent photo below (March 2011), you can still see a shadow of the scar on my calf. However, this was deliberate on my part — in August 2010, I decided to stop using castor oil on my leg. As strange as this may sound, I wanted a little bit of my scar to remain with me, because in my eyes, it had turned from a flaw into a reminder of my mind-opening journey.
You may read this article and imagine that the journey was a completely smooth, confident and happy one for me, but that isnÆt the case at all. I had many ups and downs. During the first few months, I had many ôdownsö. There were days when I lost faith and thought about giving up. But as I discovered, all things change with time. So yes, I want to keep a little bit of my scar with me. ItÆs a reminder of how far IÆve come and how much IÆve healed. Even now, everytime I look at it, IÆd feel so very grateful
It truly makes me wonder what else is possible!
My method of using castor oil
How I used castor oil was easy — I kept it on my scar as much as I can. There were many days when I kept castor oil on my scar for almost 24 hours a day (excluding the breaks for showers).
During the day, I would massage castor oil into my scar. Sometimes I did this a few times a day. I learnt to carry a tiny travel bottle of castor oil with me to do this in the restroom at public places or at work.
At night, I would put a castor oil pack on my scar before going to bed. A castor oil pack is just a way to keep castor oil on the skin by wrapping it up. For my castor oil pack, I would slather the oil on my scar, cover it with cotton gauze, put more castor oil over that, and then wrap my calf up in cling film (plastic wrap) to keep it from staining my sheets. I then put on a long sock to make sure everything stayed on while I slept. I know this sounds like a lot of work, but I got it done very quickly, u
I used cotton gauze because it was cheap and disposable, but when I first started out, I was using cut cloth (basic unbleached cotton). Both are fine, but because castor oil will go rancid eventually, IÆd need to wash/dry the cloth every few nights to keep it fresh. Eventually, I switched to cotton gauze that I bought at the pharmacy. Gauze was cheap, plentiful and disposable, so I didnÆt need to wash it. It came in long strips so I cut them up into small squares for my use. If you decide to use cloth inst
The brands of castor oil I used were Home Health and Heritage. However, this shouldnÆt matter. Any brand thatÆs hexane-free and cold-pressed will do (the oil should ideally be cold-pressed because it retains more nutrients this way ù the cold-pressed oil extraction method is much gentler than conventional methods; for example, it uses no heat). Anyway, I couldnÆt tell any difference in the quality between the two brands I used. So donÆt worry about brands so much, I made my own purchasing choices based on
I used castor oil this way daily, but I also took breaks from it once in a while to let my skin rest. I found that my heavy usage of castor oil would sometimes ôloosenö the skin on my scar, making it look a bit wrinkly. Kind of like the way skin would ôprune upö when we stay in a bath too long. I wasnÆt worried the first time I noticed this ôloosening effectö because I somehow knew it was temporary. This probably happens because castor oil is a very good humectant and will put moisture into the skin. The b
Just to be clear, this temporary loosening only happened because I was using castor oil very intensively on my scar (almost 24 hours/day and over many consecutive days). I’ve never gotten any such effect through normal usage of castor oil on other parts of my body or my face.
In the beginning, I worried that taking these breaks from my regimen would delay my healing. But when I saw that my scar was continuing to heal and progress regardless, I started to change my mind. I now believe these breaks were beneficial and possibly even crucial in healing my scar. I believe my skin was rebuilding itself more efficiently during the rest periods, while breaking down the scar tissue more actively during the ôonö periods. But thatÆs just my personal opinion, I donÆt exactly know how casto
Like I told a commenter (Matt), it’s a fairly intensive daily regimen, which was sometimes hard to keep up with. But then I started to see results… Slowly but surely, I saw my scar changing with my own eyes after a few months. This was the proof that kept me going when I would have otherwise given up.
How my scar changed
Everyone’s scars and skin injuries are different so it would make sense for us to heal differently. This is how my scar changed.
* The appearance of tiny light dots
I started seeing many tiny, light-ish dots in my hyperpigmented scar. They were so tiny at first that I could only see them by looking closely under the bright light of a torch. Then the tiny dots grew large enough that I could see them in normal lighting. These dots continued to expand and eventually started to join up wih each other. I got very excited at that. Eventually, I had small patches of healed, unblemished skin within my scar, which I spent many minutes staring at and touchingà. I was simply ama
* Hair growth (important for regeneration!)
At the same time, I started seeing short and very fine, light-colored hairs appear on my scar. At first, these hairs were almost colourless, and looked “golden” under a light. Over time, they grew longer, thicker and darker, until they were looked no different from the hair on the rest of my legs. I noticed that my scar started to show faster improvement after normal hair growth returned.
This is probably because hair growth and follicles are important in cell regeneration. You may be surprised by this, but stem cells ù which turn into our skin cells and nerve cells and everything else ù originate from our follicles. Knowing that my follicles were important in healing my scar, I made sure not to harm them by waxing since this would pull them from the root. And yes, I admit that I even avoided shaving my scar most of the time just to be safe. Although in theory, shaving should not do much ha
Basically, the changes in my scar came slowly and started out very small, but these little changes added up to a big one over nine months.
In fact, here’s another tip: if you’re trying to heal a scar with castor oil, take a good, clear photo of it now if you can. It would be useful for you to look at it and make comparisons after a few months just because it’s sometimes hard for us to see the changes in something that we look at everyday.
About the photos
It was awkward for me to take photos of my calf with my phone. The easiest way for me to take a good shot was to rest my right calf over my left thigh. I actually have tons of photos, these are only a few. What can I say… I’m a big geek and something of an amateur documenter. I’ve been journaling for many years now for my own nerdy pleasure. I never thought I would share these photos with anyone else, let alone publish them online for the whole world to see!
If you’re reading this and have a deep scar you wish to treat, I hope my photos and story give you some hope. :)
Flash was OFF.
You can clearly see the crescent-shaped depression in the middle.
Flash was ON.
Compare with the photo above taken on the same occasion. The camera flash makes a big difference.
Flash was OFF.
Flash was OFF.
Flash was ON.
Flash was ON.
Note: Thank you to the girl I saw at lunchtime today. She was walking ahead of me in a skirt and had the same burn scar I did, on the same place on her calf. I really, really wanted to ask her about it (motorcycle exhaust pipe, huh?). I wanted to roll up my pant leg, show her my calf and share with her what I did to heal it. But I didnÆt. Eventhough I would have approached her with nothing but love and an enthusiastic desire to share/help, I thought there was a chance she would not have wanted my help in t
Afterwards, I wasn’t sure if I had made the right decision in not speaking to her. Sometimes, we fear too much and a golden moment in life might pass us by. I thought about how I could make things right somehow, and I came up with the idea of putting this article + some of my photos together. So this was all really inspired by her. Thank you!
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September 29, 2011
nice advices samantha….i use castor oil for my hair and i guess its since 2 weeks i used it….n i evn used d formula of using castor oil on my face for acne…i really wonder if i hve acne or small pimples coz d once which i hve r simply swollen n my forehead is full of it n evn d area near my nose…..i used castor oil which i apply to my hair////n i guess they increased more…..i wntd 2 ask u whether i must use d same oil or somethng diferent…plz do rply….
September 29, 2011
You should stop if it’s clogging your pores. Is your castor oil hexane-free?
September 29, 2011
i dnt noe….?????…which 1 shud i use….n unxpected ….i thought u wud rply lately but rather thanx…swthrt
September 29, 2011
Castor oil that’s not cold-pressed or hexane-free can clog pores.
September 29, 2011
Do you think this would work on stretchmarks? I have old stretchmarks
from when I was 13.
September 29, 2011
Hi, this older reply might help you.
September 30, 2011
thank u so much samantha…:)….
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September 30, 2011
Been reading up on skin tags and using baking soda and castor oil. Has anyone tried this? Does it become itchy and crumbly as it dries? (The paste that is)
October 2, 2011
hi samantha… i want to try castor oil on my face.since i have many rashes,black spots,acne and itching.but i can’t find cold pressed castor oil anywhere in India.so, please suggest me which castor oil should i use?… please tell fast.my skin is going worse.
October 2, 2011
Hi, this article has info on where to get castor oil at the bottom.
Bagaimana kastroli sembuh saya scar (dengan sebelum dan setelah foto!)
Terakhir Diperbarui pada 15 Juni 2011
* Bagaimana saya digunakan kastroli pada scar saya
* Bagaimana saya scar berubah seperti itu sembuh
* Saya sebelum dan setelah foto
Saya telah menulis tentang kastroli banyak, terutama karena aku sudah beberapa hasil yang luar biasa dari itu secara pribadi. Antara lain, minyak jarak telah membantu dalam pemulihan dari PCOS dan membubarkan deposit menyakitkan kalsium pada tumit saya. Bahwa ia bisa melakukan mereka hal-hal yang menakjubkan untuk saya-itu masih adalah.
Kadang-kadang walaupun, aku mendapati diriku enggan untuk menulis tentang pengalaman positif karena tingkat penyembuhan saya sukses dapat terdengar seperti saya membuat semuanya. Saya pikir bagian dari itu karena "diterima" cara untuk mendapatkan perawatan untuk sebagian besar dunia Barat modern adalah pergi ke dokter, mengambil banyak pil (yang semuanya hati beracun, by the way) atau pergi untuk operasi menyakitkan (yang mungkin atau mungkin tidak membuat hal-hal buruk). Jika Anda melakukan hal ini, tidak ada yang akan mempertanyakan kewarasan atau kehati-hatian Anda.
Hal ini terlepas dari kenyataan yang paling modern, diterima perawatan = mahal, dengan efek samping yang mungkin berbahaya, Mei/mungkin bahkan tidak bekerja, biasanya menjadi tidak efektif ketika dihentikan (yang berarti Anda dirantai seumur hidup), hanya berusaha untuk mengobati gejala permukaan, meninggalkan bahkan kepura-puraan penyembuhan sebagai tujuan (yang terakhir ini membuat saya ingin bergantian menangis dan merobek rambut saya karena semata-mata madness… tidak etisbahkan).
Sementara itu, metode pengobatan saya sedang mengusulkan (kastroli) sangat sederhana, murah dan efektif bahwa banyak akan menulis dari bahkan tanpa memberikan kesempatan. Setelah semua, bagaimana bisa ini bekerja ketika tidak mahal, menyakitkan dan berbahaya bagi kita, benar? Aku tahu beberapa mungkin mengejek saya atau menganggap saya sebagai berpikiran sederhana, atau bahkan lebih buruk lagi, scam seniman...
Suatu hari, seseorang bertanya kepada saya di komentar jika saya sedang menulis tentang kastroli karena saya membuat uang dengan menjual. Saya tidak memproduksi atau menjual kastroli di situs ini atau di mana pun. Aku tidak pernah. Semua iklan pada halaman artikel saya adalah iklan kontekstual, iklan produk tidak langsung. Insting pertama saya ketika membaca pertanyaan commenterÆs ini adalah merasa agak sakit/marah. Tapi setelah beberapa saat, akhirnya aku merasa sangat berterima kasih kepada commenter seperti itu memberi saya kesempatan untuk menjelaskan masalah yang saya didnÆt bahkan tahu mungkin
Saya tampaknya telah suka pada sedikit di sini... Maksud saya adalah, pada akhirnya, itu benar-benar tidak peduli apa beberapa memilih untuk percaya atau kafir tentang kastroli. Hanya masalah apa yang saya percaya/pengalaman/lakukan/akhirnya berbagi dengan dunia. Aku tahu pesan saya akan pergi ke orang-orang yang benar-benar membutuhkannya. Itu bagi saya adalah segalanya. Dan yang sebagian mengapa saya memutuskan untuk menulis artikel ini. Mudah-mudahan, itu akan meyakinkan beberapa orang untuk membuka pikiran mereka sedikit. Yah, aku bisa berharap!
Artikel ini sangat berbeda dari saya yang lain. Aku sudah menyadari saat ini adalah satu hal untuk saya untuk MEMBERITAHU orang-orang tentang pengalaman saya dengan menggunakan minyak jarak, yang cukup sesuatu yang lain ketika saya dapat menunjukkan kepada mereka. That's right, saya mengesampingkan setiap kesadaran diri yang saya miliki dan menampilkan semua orang saya sendiri sebelum dan setelah foto. Ya! Dan di sini kita pergi...
Cerita tentang bagaimana aku sembuh luka saya menggunakan minyak jarak
Versi pendek: saya berhasil menyembuhkan bekas luka mendalam membakar berusia empat tahun pada kaki saya dengan menggunakan kastroli. Gulir ke bawah untuk foto-foto yang berlimpah. Akhir.
VERSI lama: Pada tahun 2007, aku sengaja membakar kaki saya pada pipa knalpot motor sangat panas. Ya, saya menjalani kehidupan yang sangat menarik. :) Luka bakar berada di betis batin kaki kanan saya. Saya cedera awal dapat diklasifikasikan sebagai luka bakar second-degree yang dalam. Setelah luka berkerak dan dikupas selama beberapa minggu, kulit penuh goresan yang muncul:
* ini hampir benar-benar berbulu
* kurang sensitif untuk menyentuh dari kulit normal, sehat di sekitarnya. Ini berarti luka bakar adalah mendalam dan cukup parah "tewas" kebanyakan folikel rambut serta beberapa akhiran saraf.
* lebih lengkap dan "permanen" mengubah warna. Ini adalah sebagian besar hiper-pigmentasi (gelap) dicampur dengan sedikit hypo-pigmentasi (hilangnya warna), yang merupakan dalam luka bakar. Pigmen perubahan adalah yg berhubung dgn kulit (mencapai lapisan dermis lebih rendah kulit, sebagai lawan untuk epidermis atas hanya), dalam cukup bahwa perawatan lightening konvensional seperti hydroquinon bisa berbuat apa-apa untuk mengubahnya.
* ada juga sedikit berbentuk sabit depresi yang dekat dengan pusat bekas luka. Aku bisa merasakan yang dip di kulit dengan sentuhan sendirian.
Fast forward ke Oktober 2009, ketika saya mulai menggunakan kastroli di kaki saya.
Setelah 9 bulan (atau Juni 2010), bekas luka ini hampir hilang. Hebatnya, setelah periode sembilan bulan ini:
* ada pertumbuhan rambut normal (saya tahu foto di bawah ini tidak menunjukkan rambut, tapi itu hanya karena saya telah bercukur kaki saya.)
* saya kepekaan sentuhan kembali, saraf saya sebelumnya pemikiran itu mati dan pergi kembali kembali ke kehidupan
* kulit warna/pigmentasi kembali normal, pencampuran di hampir fl
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