A keloid is an overgrowth of scar tissue that can form during the healing of a skin injury. There is no known way to actually prevent keloids, however, there are a few ways to treat them. A keloid will usually flatten out and disappear over time. But there are ways to speed up the process.
Things You'll Need
- Cup of warm salt water
- Silicone Gel Sheeting
How to Treat Keloids
Identify that a keloid has formed. A keloid often looks like a small nodule of raised skin around the effected area of a healing skin injury.
A keloid most typically forms on the shoulders, chest, and earlobes. But a keloid can also form inside the mouth and/or on the tongue after a piercing.
If the keloid has formed inside the mouth, gargle with warm salt water for about a minute a day. Do this everyday for 3-6 weeks, until the keloid goes away.
If the keloid is elsewhere on the body, apply a portion of silicone gel sheeting to the effected area. Keep this on for at least 12 hours a day for a minimum of 3 months.
If the keloid isn't being helped with the silicone gel sheeting, consult a physician. They can use a more popular treatment, which includes injecting a steroid solution into the keloid. This process is often most successful when dealing with multiple keloids.