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:
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 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.
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.
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
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.