How to Treat Keloids

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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.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keloids are usually very small and do go away on their own over time.
  • Sun exposure can cause a keloid to darken and become discolored. Be sure to wear sunscreen to prevent this from happening.

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