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Regeneration of Human Scar Tissue with Topical Iodine

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Hi All,

I am continuing with the Lugol's treatment. It has been about 4 weeks since I started. I have been applying it nightly before bed although I have not been really diligent about it (I miss a night here and there).

I have noticed that my skin texture looks a lot better. I have large areas of hypopigmented (uneven) scarring on both cheeks. My left cheek definitely seems to be responding. The white area looks smaller and smoother. I probably should have taken before pics so I could have some reference to document any changes but I did not. I do not see much change in the white area on my right cheek but, as I mentioned, the skin texture is a lot better and looks semi-decent when covered with makeup.

The only problem I have encountered so far as a result of the Lugol's is the drying of my skin. After reading in an earlier post that this is a sign of regeneration, I am more than happy to make this sacrifice. :clap:

Anyway, it has only been 4 weeks since I began this journey and I do see something/changes happening so I am definitely going forward with it.

Please keep the updates coming. We are all in this together.

C.

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Congrats on your results, Cartwheeling_Monkey!

Please keep us posted as to any more progress.

C.

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Hello everyone (again).

I have been getting lazy about keeping my test areas iodined. I intend to get back at it consistently.

I do think there is some effect from this stuff but it seems VERY slow. I think I could do this for many months before my scar looked really visibly improved.

I have also been trying the stuff on an area of thinning scalp hair from male pattern baldness. I think it seems to be sprouting some very tiny hairs but I could be wrong about that. (For those of you with baldness problems reading this, please DO NOT read much into what I'm saying here. There are numerous things that cause a slight bit of hair regeneration, for example a good hard dermabrasion. But these cases generally don't work to continually improve the area again on the 2nd & 3rd and further attempts after the initial slight gain is made.) I will continue to apply it to the scalp area but I am dubious about whether it's a real gain here.

Needling sounds like a good idea to try on iodine test areas. Even dermabrasion or chemical peeling might be stronger although I think I would start with needling before moving up to something that powerful.

The fact that iodine might interefere with some aspect of skin healing does not concern me; it's an aspect of skin healing that gave us the scarring in the first place.

I will not worry about any real damage from wound healing unless someone produces any stories about iodine actually doing that. So far all the stories I have come across are either indifferent or positive about the effects of iodine on wounds.

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cartwheeling_monkey,

I was getting a bit excited, till I saw dermarolling. Are you sure it's not microswelling, I have seen it first hand how unbelieavable results can be, but it goes down aferwards. Specially since you say in only five days, lugol's is suppose to take a long time. So I hope you can elaborate on that, really hope you are right though.


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the scab that forms by lugol, is necessary to retire it? or to put lugol upon the scab?


Scars are like diseases, destroy the lives of people...


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I read from Dr. Derry himself somewhere that putting iodine on top of the scab is probably the best thing to do, but that was regarding wound healing, which I assume would benefit this as well.


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cartwheeling_monkey,

I was getting a bit excited, till I saw dermarolling. Are you sure it's not microswelling, I have seen it first hand how unbelieavable results can be, but it goes down aferwards. Specially since you say in only five days, lugol's is suppose to take a long time. So I hope you can elaborate on that, really hope you are right though.

heya,

I thought exactly the same thing - especially since ive been needling for a while now and have begun to recognise how swelling looks. im getting a few indications though that this is a little different.

i've needled in the past and to be honest my results have been pretty minimal. excessively red skin, followed by at least a week or two of larger scars than before. i never seem to scab and to be honest was pretty upset id made it worse. seeing the positive results of others made me keep doing it - you know a delayed improvement. i dont think i saw much improvement at all.

On Monday, i applied the iodine on the older needled areas and the area formed some sort of scab. Since there was no doubt in my mind the iodine had induced a scab, i figured id pull it off, see what was going on and just apply the iodine again. I noticed when I did, the redness was significantly reduced and it appeared to be softer in tone and yeah - filling in.

Knowing my own limitations, I needled the greatly improved scars a bit more and reapplied the iodine. they again formed the strange scab and yeah appeared to be healing.

the scabs came off this morning and yeah they are now even more reduced. im open to the suggestion that it might be swelling, however i've never had anything to this degree before. this is not just a few scars mind you - but 12 of my largest scars.

Anyhoo im more than happy to keep an open mind and give it a few weeks. im off overseas in about a week so wont get a chance to do anymore iodine. it will be a good chance to let my skin settle down and all. if its still looking good when i get back, i might do a few more rounds.

Your week away will give you more insight into seeing wether it is working or not, over studying your stained or bloodshot skin IMO.

I had the same feelings as you after a week, everything seemed to be flatter and in context with the surrounding skin

but when I stopped applying iodine for a few days I couldn't tell if it worked. I reckon it will be months before I can realistically say I'm winning.

Still I'm open minded about this and I'm willing to give this a crack if I can sense I'm winning. Something that causes natural tissue apoptosis and apparently inhibits fibrosis can only be good.

As Neca said, also, I would like to see somone also try this after a revision. I reckon the controlled apoptosis here will be beneficial to your normal tissues over scar tissue.

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im on my 5th day of applying the 7% iodine to my scars and all i can say is - IT WORKS ! Not only works, but works incredibly...I well and truly hope this continues, if so - its the cure.

Hi CM,

Wow...thanks for the encouraging news! Please do keep us updated. Hopefully your results will be maintained during your time away from needling/applying iodine.

I just wanted to ask you...are you sure that these early improvements are not the result of the drying effect that iodine can have? I say this because I have applied some drying topicals to my skin before and the dehydrating action caused the skin to pull tight, seemingly making the depression appear smaller. This happened back when I was applying magnesium oil to my scars. Magnesium oil, for those who don't know, can be VERY drying. I had dried out a section of my skin where a scar was to such a degree that I thought that the scar had completely vanished. I stopped applying the oil and the scars re-emerged. Not to say that this is what has happened in your case. I just wanted to make sure and double check.

Even if this is due to drying...please continue on. Remember that this can be a good sign of regeneration.

I am planning to begin with iodine application at the beginning of next week and will be posting my progress weekly.

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some really encouragin posts im glad some of you are getting results.

an update from me, i missed about 3-4 days. decided to give my skin a rest, also i got lazy. then when i went to apply it again i ended up pouring it all over the floor instead of the cotton wool ball lol. that is something you do not want to do. the floor is stained and the rug is stained. the floor is a really strange material and the lugols has almost blended in so that isnt too bad but the rug is a mess lol.

not to worry. to cartwheeling_monkey, im thrilled to hear your getting results. the whole area i am applying lugols to hasnt changed at all other than that one small area. i thought the scars had completely vanished to start off with aswell, but after giving the area some time to rest, i see that the scars are still there pretty much the same as before. so that was a bit depressing. ill carry on for now but i havent seen much in the way of results yet. im going to take it up a notch and apply a few more layers. at the moment im applying 2.

keep the updates coming...

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if i have any results when i do my needling with the iodine again, ill definitely post my results and hope it helps you all out. other than that all the best with your individual treatment journeys :)

I hope you keep us posted about the results from this initial needling/iodine session that you have said made some of your scars to appear completely gone. Please tell us if these results are maintained several weeks/months from now.

I'm not sure what happened. You seemed so excited about this...even calling it the "cure" and now you seem kind of ho-hum about it and seem to be bidding us all farewell on the forum.

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Is anyone continuing steadily with this or have people lost hope?

Yes, I have been applying iodine to a moderate boxcar scar on my right cheek just below my cheek bone. I have been applying lugol's iodine every night to this spot since sunday.

Right now the skin where I have been apllying the iodine is absolutely like LEATHER. It's beginning to worry me a little. It is like there is a thick hard shell of leather like skin now on the surface. It is almost hard to the touch. I guess this is part of the regeneration process. I'm just not sure where the regeneration process becomes damaged skin.

Dr. D: Does this leather like skin continue to progress or will it stabilize at some point? Is there any chance for some type of skin damage through the topical use of iodine, as in, the potential for more scarring?

At this point, I am close to wounding my face where I have been applying the iodine. I am unsure whether to continue right now without feedback from Dr. D regarding the condition of this iodined spot.

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Is anyone continuing steadily with this or have people lost hope?

This is a long one IMO. I'm willing to go at this for months.

Yes, I have been applying iodine to a moderate boxcar scar on my right cheek just below my cheek bone. I have been applying lugol's iodine every night to this spot since sunday.

Right now the skin where I have been apllying the iodine is absolutely like LEATHER. It's beginning to worry me a little. It is like there is a thick hard shell of leather like skin now on the surface. It is almost hard to the touch. I guess this is part of the regeneration process. I'm just not sure where the regeneration process becomes damaged skin.

Dr. D: Does this leather like skin continue to progress or will it stabilize at some point? Is there any chance for some type of skin damage through the topical use of iodine, as in, the potential for more scarring?

At this point, I am close to wounding my face where I have been applying the iodine. I am unsure whether to continue right now without feedback from Dr. D regarding the condition of this iodined spot.

A few weeks ago, I stopped for a week to check if it done some damage. It didn't the skin went back to normal texture and color.

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Scarcrash,

My skin is also leathery in the areas that I apply iodine. I have been using Lugol's for over a month now. I don't think you have to worry about skin damage. I think the dryness is part of the regeneration process.

C.

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I am going to start saline injections soon I think I have slightly more then moderate scarring but unlike most of you I simply have two scars that bother me but they are in the worst place possible, in my cheek area under my eyes an inch from my nose. The worst possible place to have a scar.

If saline injections fail then I think I'm going to try this or the LED lights but I don't have the money for the LED lights so hopefully iodine or saline injections will help... been suffering too long. I pray for a cure everyday hopefully my endless nights of crying will pay off one day.

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