How to Get Rid of Keloids

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Keloids are raised scars that occur from an overgrowth in the skin due to an injury, surgery or even a bad case of acne. Keloids can cause discomfort and cause one to feel embarrassed or self-conscious, which is why many people seek ways to get rid of these scars. However, there are various methods and treatments you can use to get rid of keloids.

  • Understand that if a piercing caused the keloid, it may be necessary to change the jewelry or remove the piercing.

  • Use pure tea tree oil and apply it several times a day to the scarred area. Some people claim they have been able to get rid of their keloids with this treatment within a couple of weeks.

  • Inject it with steroids. This method is usually done about once a month, becomes less visible, and flattens within 3 to 6 months.

  • Apply pressure to the keloid if it is a bump caused from acne. Do this three times a day for 3 to 5 minutes, and after a week you should start to notice that the keloid is flattening.

  • Buy silastic gel and apply it to the keloid. These come in gel sheets, which you can cut to fit the size of the keloid and hold them in place with a tape that adheres to skin. This must be used regularly every day for several weeks or months and works to get rid of the keloids by flattening the raised skin.

  • Remove the keloid surgically. However, consider this with caution, because there is a fair chance that it could come back and continue to reappear larger each time. Some people have better success with this treatment by injecting the keloid with steroids or treating it with radiotherapy immediately following the surgery.

  • See a dermatologist and discuss your options with the doctor. The doctor can recommend whether he thinks the best treatment to get rid of your keloids is to inject it with steroids, surgically remove it or use another method to get rid of your keloids.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be aware that some people who claim to have had success treating keloids, actually mistaken a keloid for a hypertrophic scar. Hypertrophic scars are more common and look similar to a keloid. They don't get as big as keloids, and may fade with time.

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