Keloids are particularly hard to get rid of. Even when they’re successfully removed, they tend to reappear eventually. Most dermatologists recommend a combination of different treatments for long-lasting results.
Keeping this in view, how do I get rid of a keloid on my piercing?
Cleanse with a saline or sea salt soak
Saline and sea salt soaks work by washing away harmful bacteria that can lead to infection. They also wash away dead cells and other debris that build up around the piercing and form keloids. If you don’t want to buy saline, you can make your own using sea salt.
In this regard, do keloids go away on their own?
For example, piercing bumps are harmless and may go away over time. However, keloid scars can continue to get bigger. Although piercing bumps and keloid scars can initially look similar, there are ways to differentiate between them.
What is the fastest way to get rid of a keloid?
- Corticosteroid shots. The medicine in these shots helps shrink the scar.
- Freezing the scar. Called cryotherapy, this can be used to reduce the hardness and size of the keloid. …
- Wearing silicone sheets or gel over the scar. This can help flatten the keloid.
- Laser therapy. …
- Surgical removal. …
- Pressure treatment.
With the help of a medical professional, you can have it safely removed. Remember: This is not a pimple, so please don’t pop it like one. Since it’s not actually acne, there’s nothing to squeeze out of the bump. In fact, doing so could potentially cause an infection, which is much worse than some overgrown scar tissue.
Surgical removal is the only way to get rid of a keloid completely, but it’s important to know that it will probably grow back at some point. To lower the chances of it coming back, your dermatologist may recommend using another treatment after surgery, like compression, radiation therapy, or injections.
There’s no evidence to support using tea tree oil on existing scars, whether they’re acne scars, keloids, or hypertrophic scars. In addition, scars are hard to remove, even with professional laser treatments.
How can you prevent keloids?
- Cover a new wound with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a nonstick bandage. Hold the bandage in place with tape so that there is even pressure on the wound. …
- After a wound is healed over, use a silicone gel bandage. …
- After ear piercing, use pressure earrings.
A scar is made up of ‘connective tissue’, gristle-like fibers deposited in the skin by the fibroblasts to hold the wound closed. With keloids, the fibroblasts continue to multiply even after the wound is filled in. Thus keloids project above the surface of the skin and form large mounds of scar tissue.
Imiquimod 5% cream (Aldara), an immune response modifier that enhances healing, has also been used to help prevent keloid recurrence after surgical excision. The cream is applied on alternate nights for eight weeks after surgery.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Being a natural astringent and an exfoliant, ACV is blessed with innumerable benefits. It prevents scar-promoting cells from entering the keloid site and also reduces both pigmentation and size of the keloids. It also soothes the irritated skin and reduces any swelling.
Applying fresh lemon juice over the scar for half an hour every day and then washing it off with lukewarm water improves the color, texture, appearance, and flexibility of the scar over due course.
The symptoms of a keloid can include: a localized area that is flesh-colored, pink, or red. a lumpy or ridged area of skin that’s usually raised. an area that continues to grow larger with scar tissue over time.