How to Get Rid of a Keloid on a Nose Piercing – Treatment Options

How to get Rid of a Keloid on a Nose Piercing

A keloid is a type of scarring which some people are naturally prone to getting.

Keloids often form around nose, cartilage and belly button piercings but can occur on any part of the body.

This article is mainly going to be focusing on how to get rid of a keloid on a nose piercing but these treatments can be used on any part of the body.

Keep in mind that keloids are a type of scar so they may never disappear completely. Although by using the following methods you will be able to get these scars to fade to the point where they are barely visible!

How to tell if you have a keloid

Keloids are not harmful to your overall health they can be unsightly and can cause some discomfort and itching.

The symptoms of a keloid are:

  • Area of red or pink skin around or next to the piercing
  • Lumpy or rigid area of skin
  • Scar tissue which grows over time
  • Itchy patches of skin around the piercing

Keloids are frequently confused with hypertrophic scarring, which is a temporary flaw on the skin. For more information on the various types of growths and scars which fform on piercings, check out this article.

In order to determine exactly which one of these issues you are dealing with you should pay a visit to your piercer or your doctor.

Note: Wash your hands before touching your jewelry, piercing or the skin in the surrounding area.

Treatment for keloids on your piercings

First off, you should book an appointment to see a dermatologist if you are concerned about this skin flaw. Keloids are usually benign but if it continues growing in size, your doctor may need to test you for skin cancer (don’t worry the likelihood is very low).

If your keloid is very large and/or noticeable you may want to get it surgically removed. This is a common procedure done by many dermatologists.

Don’t attempt to do any surgery on yourself in an attempt to remove the scar – the risks are far too high and you would just leave yourself with an even worse scar than before!

In the mean-time there are certain home remedies you can try out in order to help your keloid to fade.

Some of the best home remedies for keloids are as follows:

Saline Solution

If you have read any of my other posts then you will know that I am a huge fan of using saline solution on piercings.

Watch this video for some tips on using saline solution on keloids:

If your piercing is not on a flat area of skin (such as nose or ear), just apply the saline solution using a cotton pad soaked in saline solution.

Aloe Gel

Aloe Vera LeafThe natural gel like substance from the aloe leaf is renowned for being great for all sorts of skin conditions. This is due to it’s soothing properties and high vitamin content.

Aloe can help regenerate and revitalize skin so works wonders on all types of scars. It prevents excess collagen from forming in the area which is one of the main causes of keloids.

All you need to do is smother the healing piercing with aloe gel after each time you cleanse.

This is more of a prevention than a cure – for those of you who are genetically prone to keloids.

Lemon Juice

LemonWarning: Do not put the lemon juice in or on your piercing. Make sure the lemon juice is only on the keloid itself.

Lemons have exfoliating and skin bleaching properties which makes them a great home remedy for any type of scarring, including keloids. The high amount of vitamin C really helps the skin to heal.

Obviously this will be much more effective on mild keloids rather than really big noticeable ones.

All you need to do is bath your keloid in lemon juice for five minutes. You could use a Q-tip or cotton pad to apply it to your skin.

After about 15 minutes wash the lemon juice off using running water.


Honey potWarning: Do not allow honey to get in or on the jewelry or piercing itself.

Fresh organic honey is another effective home remedy for various skin problems, including keloids. Honey heals and moisturises the skin very well.

Another common cause for keloids is dry skin so using honey is great for preventing keloids or stopping them from worsening, to a certain degree it may even help them to fade a bit!

Just apply the honey to the affected area and massage it in. Do this twice a day.

Rinse off after massaging thoroughly as honey is extremely sticky and may cause dirt to stick to you.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential OilLavender essential oil has skin regeneration properties too so it also effective for use on keloids and other scars.

Massage the lavender oil into the scar for about 15 minutes to receive full benefit of  this treatment.

Be careful if you have sensitive skin as lavender oil is actually very strong. Dilute it using olive oil before massaging into your skin.

Do not get lavender oil in or on your piercing or jewelry.


Most of the methods I showed you above are more effective for preventing keloids rather than “curing” them.

If you are susceptible to keloids you should take extra good care if you decide to get a piercing. Keep your piercing and your jewelry clean!

As I always say:

“Prevention is better than cure”


The fact is some people get keloids and others don’t. It all depends on your DNA and genetics.

If you notice any of the symptoms of a keloid you should go and see your piercer or doctor to confirm that it is a keloid you are dealing with. It could just be hypertrophic scarring.

Try the home remedies and see if they make any difference.

If you see no changes, go see a dermatologist or just cover it up with clothing and make-up! A keloid is not dangeous to your health and won’t much of a difference to your life at all really!

If you know of any other effective home remedies for keloids (specifically on piercings) or have any input to make on this topic, do leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading.


16 Comments on How to Get Rid of a Keloid on a Nose Piercing – Treatment Options

  1. I’m new to body piercing and find it intriguing on women when it’s done well. The nose can be such a problem area if left unattended. I can see where a keloid would be of special concern on the nose.

    In your article “How to Get Rid of a Keloid on a Nose Piercing Treatment Options,” you mentioned several home remedies that are good for so many other things as well.

    I can attest to their effectiveness for most minor skin injuries and concerns.

    • Hey Gary.

      Any piercing can be trouble if left unattended, to tell you the truth. You are right though – the nose is a problem area for keloids.

      That’s what I like so much about these home remedies, they are multi-purpose and proven to work!

      Thanks for taking your time to read my post and leave a comment.

  2. I had my nose pierced twice and both times I think I ended up with a keloid. A small hard bump formed in my nostril next to the piercing. I was using saline solution daily.

    I went back to the piercer and he suggested removing the piercing and trying on the other side of my nose. So I gave that a try and the same thing happened.

    I ended up taking the piercing out and the bump went away within about a week.

    Would you say these were keloids?

    • Hi Simone.

      Some people are more likely to get keloids than others. What you had on your nose definitely sound like keloids to me. The fact that it popped up on the other side of your nose makes me think it is a keloid for sure. You must be very susceptible to getting them, if this is the case, there’s not really all that much you can do about it.

      I hope you found this helpful. If you have any more questions, just leave them here and I’ll get back to you.

  3. If only I’d found this years ago when I had all my piercings!

    Really interesting read, It’s great to see people really doing their research, there’s so much misinformation out there when it comes to caring for your piercings! I know where to send my pierced mates for keloid advice now 😉

    • Hey Jenny.

      I’m real glad you see my website as being interesting. I would be honoured by you sending your mates here! I hope they will be able to find all the info they need.

      Nice one!

  4. Although I do not have piercings, I found this very interesting. Who to tell if I will get a piercing in the future?

    I can of course refer your post to my girlfriend and her friends as most of them have piercings on their body.

    I like the natural remedies that you recommend, especially the Aloe gel. You have really provided great info into preventing keloids from occurring on the skin.

    Thanks for sharing this post Hannah.


    • Hi Jason.

      It’s great that you enjoyed reading my post. Feel free to recommend my site to your girlfriend and her friends, I would appreciate that very much!

      I find natural remedies work best. They are are effective and also do not really have any side effects. which is awesome.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. thanks for this post about Keloid! Is the first time I hearing about the proper name for it of the nose piercing and I appreciate the video because the presenter had full of piercings and by now if she don’t know about it.. I don’t know what the world has come too. I liked your list of ingredients to get rid of the scar tissue 🙂

  6. Very interesting article! I never heard of keloids, so I guess I am the one that doesnt get them. I have had several peircings without scarring so I will consider myself one of the luck ones!
    Back when I was getting peircings we used preroxide which is a big no no now. It is very hard to get out of that habit and nice to see different alternatives to helping peircings and scarring.

    • Hi Nichole.

      Some people just don’t get keloids. I don’t get them myself either but I’ve got a friend who does. They can be pretty tough to get rid of.

      Thanks for reading!


  7. Hi Hannah
    Extremely helpful information here.

    I learned a lot about using different methods to prevent keloids.

    The ones that really got my interest are the lemon technique and the use of honey.

    Assuming I use one of these techniques, how long do you think I should wait to see a result, after which I should then consider going to a demo?

    Thanks for an interesting read.

    • Hey Roopesh.

      Thanks very much. Lemon and honey are both very effective for healing keloids. Results vary, but you should start seeing results within about 2 weeks of daily use. You should take a photo of the keloid before you start treatment, that way you can compare it and see how much improvement there has been. If you do not see any results at all after a month of use you should start booking an appointment with a dermatologist.

      I hope this helps! Thanks again for reading.


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