Ways of treating keloids
Keloids are overgrowths of scars or fibrous tissue that form after an injury to the skin. Some forms of traumas to the skin such as ear piercing, minor burns, acne, cuts or scrapes can cause keloids. Keloids usually do not cause pain but sometimes cause itchiness.
Keloids form when the body produces excess collagen which is a kind of scar tissue at the affected area around 3 months and continues to grow for weeks or even months. It usually forms on the shoulders, upper back and the chest.
Keloids are raised areas that are rubber with a smooth and shiny surface. It follows the shape of the damaged area. The keloids vary in color from silvery to flesh-tone to red and dark brown. Among dark skinned people, those younger than 30 years old and teenagers are at a high risk of developing keloids.
- Take the prescribed over-the-counter scar removal ointment. These includes steroids the lessen the itchiness of the affected area. It takes about several months for the treatment to work. Apply a variant that contains onion skin extracts to lessen the spread of scars.
- Apply Vitamin E on the keloid to heal the scars, prevent and shrink any existing keloid. Apply Vitamin E oil or cream on the affected area at least 2 times every day, usually in the morning and night for 2-3 months. Another alternative is by opening a Vitamin E capsule and squeeze the oil directly into the scar.
- Use silicone gel sheets which are reusable and self-adhesive that are applied on the damaged area to prevent scars or an existing scars and keloids. Wear the silicon sheets over the damaged area for at least 10 hours every day for several months.
- Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel on the affected area to prevent scratching for at least 20 minutes for 4-8 times every day.
- Take a bath in cool or lukewarm water and use mild soaps. Avoid using hot water and harsh soaps to prevent irritation and itchiness of the skin. Dry skin can result to itchiness of the skin. Hydrate the skin by regularly applying moisturizing lotion to prevent drying of skin that can make the condition worse.
- Massage the affected area where a scar is forming to eliminate dead skin cells and prevent formation of keloids in other areas of the skin. Use coconut oil in massaging the area regularly.
- Grind 3-4 tablets of aspirin until it becomes fine. Add a few drops of water and mix until it becomes a paste and place directly on top of the keloid. Let it remain in the area until it becomes dry. Repeat this process daily for best results.