A keloid is a scar made of cartilage that forms due to infection. A keloid scar is particularly common on the ear due to ear-piercing infections. Symptoms of keloids includes itchiness and pain on the scar, as well as a change in skin texture. Keloid scars usually appear shinier and darker than typical skin, but can also be pink or red in colour. Although it is possible to treat a keloid, not all keloid remedies may work for you.
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Things you need
- Scar-reducing cream
- Scar-reducing dressing
Use a scar-reducing cream, like Mederma. Mederma's active ingredient is allium cepa, which works to treat most keloid scars. Apply a thin layer of scar-reducing cream on your keloid twice a day. Rub the cream into the skin with your fingertips until it is absorbed.
Apply a scar-reducing dressing, like Dermatix. You can purchase scar-reducing dressings at your local drugstore. Dermatix is made of silicone gel, and placing it over your keloid for several weeks may drastically reduce its size and appearance. You may experience some itchiness from keeping the keloid covered under a scar-reducing dressing.
Apply compression. Applying compression to your scar by pressing against it with your fingertips can help reduce the size and appearance of your scar over time.
Consult your doctor. Your doctor will give you an injection of corticosteroids to reduce swelling and improve the overall appearance of your keloid scar. Two to three steroid injections may be necessary for larger scars.
Consider laser treatment. Although laser treatment will not reduce the overall bulk of the scar, it may smooth out the scar and make it less noticeable. Laser treatments can be expensive, but may be covered by your insurance if recommended by a dermatologist.
Tips and warnings
- The sooner you treat your keloid scar, the more likely you will be able to get rid of it.
- If you experience bleeding or severe infection around or on your keloid scar, see a doctor immediately.
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