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Garlic burn?
Started by Ray
Posted: July 31, 2012 at 05:49
So applied garlic directly to my wounds as recommended. But I think I have garlic burns on where I applied the garlic. The skin is dark brown. Is that a garlic burn? It seems like I need to dilute the garlic somehow.
Re: Garlic burn?
Reply #1 by Bob Anderson
Posted: July 31, 2012 at 16:36
I am sorry that you accidently burned yourself. For the last year or more I have recommended everyone add crg to water to dilute it to keep it from burning. Originally I thought brief exposure might be OK but some people are sensitive and so I changed my recommendation to always diluting it in water all of the time. No one should ever touch raw garlic to their bare skin without diluting it greatly in water first. Garlic can produce second degree burns like a sunburn but also like a sunburn most people recover from it with no complications and they usually turn out to be short term inconveniences and leave no scars.

If a person read nothing but my older posts and none of my newer ones, they might have a misunderstanding about garlic's abilty to burn when applied direct to the skin. After a couple of people mentioned they had incurred minor burns, I started recommending everyone dilute garlic in water all the time and never apply undiluted.

In my enthusiasm to help people I sometimes assume everyone is normal like me and have no unusual sensitivities and fail to write enough precautions and warn people who may more sensitive than average to start slow.

Maybe I need to post more warnings? Maybe I need to have a lot of old posts removed from the forum? I have been reluctant to do that because there is a lot of good, helpful information to help people in those posts and my original intent was to help people and I failed to consider that some people are more sensitive than others.

Re: Garlic burn?
Reply #2 by Ray
Posted: July 31, 2012 at 17:40
Thanks Bob. So when you say first dilute it, do you mean to put the whole garlic clove in water for a period of time? For how Long? How about if you squeeze the juice from the garlic using a garlic juicer and applying the garlic juice on a wound?
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Reply #3 by Bob Anderson
Posted: July 31, 2012 at 22:30
Ray -

Good question. It is best to peel the cloves snd then crush the cloves and let them set in air for 15 minutes or so and then add the crushed material to water. Adding the crushed garlic pulp to water allows the water to dilute the allicin; however, every part of that water becomes antimicrobial and will kill bacteria up to a dilution of over 100,000 parts of water to every part of allicin. The water not only takes away the burning sensation but also the garlic's abilty to burn tissue. It does not have to be full strength to kill bacteria and can even be used to wipe or spray on surfaces to kill bacteria. Yes, it will smell like garlic but it will kill the MRSA.

I think perhaps the garlic water may even be better than applying thr crg directly to the lesion undiluted not only because of the potential for burn with direct application but also because the allicin bonds chemically with the h2o and when it soaks into the skin it goes wherever the body takes it. both the water and the allicin bonded to it get into the bloodstream via the capillary walls and a greater area of the body is served than just the area of the lesion.

When one is sitting in a tub of warm/hot garlic water, every square inch of skin surface that meets the water takes the water and allicin into the body like a giant transdermal skin patch and wherever the allicin goes it kills bacteria until eventually the immune system finally catches up to the allicin and kills it.

In a nutshell, that's how the process works so as you can see, it's not really necessary to have direct undiluted contact with the lesion, by diluting the allicin, it becomes much more mobile and one gives it many more ways to get to the source of the problem.

As you can see this is more of a learning experience than an established prodedure. We know it works and now we are working out its limitations. At first we weren't aware of the propensity for burning as no one had reported it but when a few did, we immediately changed what we were saying and now urge people not to apply crg direct without diluting it. In essence we are a group of patients trying to work the kinks out of and old herbal medicine being tried in a new way and getting very promising results.

I hope you weren't burned too badly and that you will continue to be part of our group and help us develop better technique for applying this ancient herbal reatment to make people's lives better economically. Nobody's trying to get rich here, we're just trying to help each other find ways to heal ourselves.

Good luck to you.

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Reply #4 by priya
Posted: January 4, 2013 at 05:39
i am 21 year old girl...i had applied raw garlic on my face to remove facial mole...i put it in my face for 2 night..then i realise it burned my skin...and now it leave a dark brown scar...i dont want to use any remedies..just want to know ..does it remove naturally over the much time it takes to remove the scar?
Re: Garlic burn?
Reply #5 by Bob Anderson
Posted: January 4, 2013 at 06:31
The correct way to remove a mole without causing burns is to apply garlic only to the mole, itself and tape it in place so it does not spread to other parts of the face snd burn the skin and it is very effective. Garlic burns usually heal up like a sunburn but it is best to dilute garlic in water for most uses so it does not burn. In fact the garlic literally burns the mole off and usually does not even leave a scar but it takes about a week and should be changed daily.

Hope this helps.

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Reply #6 by Uttej
Posted: October 15, 2013 at 14:59
i am 17 year old boy...i had applied
raw garlic on my face to remove acnes..i put it in my face for 3
night..then i realise it burned my
skin...and now it leave a dark brown
scar...i want to use home
remedies.please help me sir.

Re: Garlic burn?
Reply #7 by Bob Anderson
Posted: October 15, 2013 at 17:25
Uttej -

I'm sorry to hear that you burned yourself.

Like a sunburn, it will likely go away by itself in a couple of weeks and leave no scar.

Now you see why I caution people not to apply garlic direct to the skin without diluting it; it really can burn.

Good luck to you.

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Reply #8 by Kaelli
Posted: November 8, 2013 at 01:11
Hi I put garlic on my skin for about a half hour and it left a pink-red
burn. I'v tried putting aloe vera on it but it isnt making it go away.
What can I use to make it heal A.S.A.P.? Is there anything that will
heal it overnight??? Please help!!!
Re: Garlic burn?
Reply #9 by Bob Anderson
Posted: November 8, 2013 at 06:18
Kaelli -

(Beautifuk name.)

What you have is like a sunburn in that most garlic burns take a couple of weeks but they go away completely and do not even leave a scar.

Good luck to you.
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Reply #10 by izale
Posted: November 14, 2013 at 12:04
i tried to remove my mole which was on my face using raw garlic and it
just burned my face so badly i've been using aloe vera,full fat milk and
honey there is a little bit change but i want my mole to be removed
in 3 days please i need help.. my face is looking like shit please is
there any quick way to remove those stupid scars and redness and black
spot :( :(
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Reply #11 by Bob Anderson
Posted: November 14, 2013 at 15:32
izale -

I'm sorry to hear you burned yourself and I hope it heals soon but it usually takes a week or two. Please see the post right above yours. I don't know of any shortcuts and I can't recommend anything but aloe vera always helps me when I get a sunburn.

I try to warn people about garlic burns in many of my posts but not everyone reads all of them. Also, some people are more sensitive to it than others and burn more easily while some seemingly suffer little or no ill effects even with greater exposure. My guess is that people who are allergic to garlic suffer the worst but I don't know for sure.

I don't know whether garlic will remove moles or not as I haven't tried it. Garlic can successfully remove warts if one protects the skin from contact and the garlic contacts only the wart. In my experience, it takes a few days to a few weeks depending on the size of the wart and hasn't left a scar on me or my wife yet.

Good luck to you.

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Reply #12 by Swati
Posted: December 23, 2013 at 15:27
I applied raw garlic to my face six days back....the brown mark has gone but light
pinkish mark has appeared....please help me with the same because it makes me
look ugly....Help please
Re: Garlic burn?
Reply #13 by Bob Anderson
Posted: December 24, 2013
Swati -

Generally, garlic burns are like a suvere sunburn, painful and inconvenient but usually they heal over and don't leave a scar.

This is why I warn people not to apply it full strength directly on skin but to dilute it in water.

Other than the burn, I hope you got the results you were hoping for.

Good luck to you.
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Reply #14 by Swati
Posted: December 24, 2013 at 11:36
I got the result but the pink mark is not going...can u please tell me how much
time it will take to go????
Re: Garlic burn?
Reply #15 by Bob Anderson
Posted: December 24, 2013 at 14:28
Swati -

Actually, I do not know as I have never had a burn but several others in the forum have and I would ask someone who has burned themselves to step forward and tell of their experience and their healing.

My real hope would be for mainstream medicine to have done some studies of this so people would have some guidelines to go by. Since garlic is natural and cannot be patented in its native form, little research has been done and since exponential profits cannot be made from it, there is little or no interest. All it does is cure people of bacterial infections when used properly.

Goog luck to you.

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Reply #16 by Alexis
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 13:43
I too have managed to burn my forehead!
half a year ago I did an egg-white mask. That left me with a bacterial infection that
wouldn't go away with anti-biotics. So I decided to try killing all the bacteria with
I left it on for 4 hours, it hurt so much I cried, but I tought I had to be like that.
Now the area is swollen and dark-red/brown.
I really hope it leaves no scar because it would be huge and across my whole
I feel so stupid, I wanted prettier skin and I managed to mess up so bad. Now I want
the skin back I had before!
It gives me hope that you say garlic burn t is like a sunburn and heals away without
I had really perfect skin before everything. I don't know what I was thinking ...
Should I stay out of the sun until it is healed?
Is there anything I should do in order to prevent the skin from scarring?
Is cold weather good for skin healing?
Re: Garlic burn?
Reply #17 by Bob Anderson
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 04:22
Alexis -

I am sorry to hear of your burn; hopefully, it will go away in a few weeks and leave no sign it ever happened. usually the brown is replaced by pink new skin and the pinkness gradually morphs into normal.

You had the right idea about using garlic to kill bacteria, it just needed to be diluted in water so it kills the bacteria but doesn't burn the skin.

Not being a doctor I cannot give any advice but when I get a sunburn I use aloe vera because iot feels good on the skin.

Since this is winter, sun exposure should not be a problem because the angle of the sun is so low and the days are short.

I try to warn people about garlic burns but they don't always read my stuff until afterwards.

If you have naturally lovely skin I hope you will be grateful for it and enjoy your gift, not everyone is so fortunate. Enjoy your natural beauty while you are young for except for inner beauty you develop, all beauty is fleeting.

I truly wish you well.

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Reply #18 by Alexis
Posted: January 28, 2014

So I wanted to post an update since it looks like it happens to other people as well.

Here is what my doctor said: (sorry for bad english, writing medical stuff is very hard
for non-native-speaker)

A garlic burn is an inflammatory skin reaction to the toxins in the garlic.
Although superficial, it needs to be treated with anti-inflammatory substances.
Because if the inflammation persists, it might damage deeper layers fo the skin and
leave a dark scar permanently.

So in order to prevent a dark shadow afterwards you might need to use cortisol-
cream. (in my case at least since the burn is pretty strong, I need to apply it 2x a day
for two weeks). This is the first thing one should take care of, stop inflammation and
reaction of your skin. Altough it is good to fight toxins, this over-the top-reaction is
the reason a scar might occur, You can use other anti-inflammatory substances, but
they need to be sterile and not stress the skin even more.

Once this is gone, you can tend to the little open wounds with a normal healing cream.

First things to do when burned: rinse with cold water. I didn't do that, and I think
some garlic juice remained there for a few days. Rinse good and long! Maybe 5
minutes or so, to take away the toxic substance and cool down and reduce the
inflammatory reaction of the skin. Then apply light anti-septic spray and go to the
Do not use a thick and heavy cream, because heat of the inflammation gets trapped
and it makes things worse.

So my burn looks a lot better after proper treatment, I'm positive it will leave no scar.

Maybe this experience helps other poeple out there!

Finally, I want to thank you Bob Anderson for your immediate reply and your kind
words. I was really desperate.
Good luck everyone!
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Reply #19 by Bob Anderson
Posted: January 28, 2014 at 08:53
Alexis -

Thank you for coming back to post about your experience and your doctor's advice.

People here need all the help they can get to learn how to help themselves. That's really what I am all about, helping people learn how to help themseves. There are way too many people trying to profiteer off people's misfortune rather than shine a little light so people can find their own way.

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