If you’re someone whose developed keloids from piercings than you know all too well how difficult it is to get rid of it.
How are keloids formed?
Firstly, keloids are formed on the skin because of a raised overgrowth of scar tissue. It usually occurs where the skin might have had some injury, in this case possibly surrounding your piercing. The skin goes through trauma and thus keloids are formed.
It is also important to remember that keloids extend far beyond the area of trauma. They are usually shiny and may be pink, purple or brown in color. You will notice the area often itches and is rather uncomfortable and tender.
What you need to do
Before actually treating keloids from piercings always visit your doctor to confirm that what you have is actually a keloid. Never self-diagnose and treat something you’re unsure of. Once you have gotten some confirmation you can begin treatment to get rid of the keloids.
Getting rid of keloids from piercings
There are a few different methods for getting rid of keloids. Below is a list of a few treatments that include home remedies and medical treatments. You can choose to do whichever you prefer, but always seek advice from a doctor or dermatologist beforehand.
- Apple Cider Vinegar– ACV is one of the most popular used home remedies for this issue. It can help reduce the appearance of the keloid by minimizing the size. For this, you will need to apply some apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and gently wipe over the area. It might sting slightly, this is completely normal. Next, wipe the area with warm water after a few minutes. This can be done 2-3 times a day.
- Aloe Vera-Aloe Vera has always been a go-to remedy for a number of skin conditions. It can be used on keloids to help keep the skin moisturized while reducing inflammation. Take a generous amount of Aloe Vera and apply to clean skin three times a day for best results.
- Aspirin– This quick remedy is easily available to anyone and works well by reducing the keloids size and appearance. Crush 3 aspirins and mix with a tablespoon of distilled water, next apply this mixture to the area. Allow the mixture to dry on your skin and then wash off. Moisturize the skin with a hydrating face lotion.
- Freezing the keloid– This is also known as cryotherapy and it’s a process that involves killing the skin cells. This might sound more frightening than it actually is; most people find this treatment quite painless. Cryotherapy works best on keloids that are less than three years old and the overall size of the keloid can be reduced by 50%. During this procedure, you will have to remove your piercings.
- Steroids– You might be wondering how steroids are used in this instance, and, it’s actually quite effective. Steroids are injected in the keloids that have been formed from piercings and they work perfectly in reducing both size and appearance.
How to prevent keloids from forming around piercings
Keloids are always tricky to deal with, but there are a few things that you can do to reduce the chances of it forming.
Use nonmetal earing butterfly backs
According to a recent study it has been found that metal butterfly backs actually increase the chances of getting keloids. The reason behind this has not yet been determined, but the study concluded that people with nonmetal butterfly backs were less likely to develop keloids from piercings.
Try to get your ears pierced at a younger age
If you’re over 11 years old, chances of getting keloids are slightly higher. It’s always better to get kids ears pierced at a younger age because keloids rarely occur in younger children. Remember that keloids can also be determined by your genetics. If anyone in your family has this issue than you possibly can get it too.
Getting keloids from piercings is a highly possible situation, especially if it is hereditary and in your genes.
Never try to remove a keloid on your own by picking at the skin or trying to cut it out. This can be fatal and lead to many more complications.
Once keloids are removed there is a possibility that they can reappear after some time.