Scars caused by piercings are commonly known as keloids. Keloid scars are raised, fibrous tissue that occur when there has been a traumatic injury to the skin, as is the case with a piercing. Although keloids are usually not dangerous, some can increase in size or be tender to the touch. Some may be reddish or pink and cause embarrassment. Removing keloid scars is best accomplished by your health care provider, but there are some things you can do at home to help eliminate or reduce their size and swelling.
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Things you need
- Vitamin E gelcaps
- Sewing needle
- Uncoated aspirin
- Bandage larger than the keloid
- Silicone gel wound cover sheets
Poke a small hole in the vitamin E gelcap and squeeze the vitamin E oil directly onto the keloid. Rub well. Reapply daily to help reduce the size of the scar.
Mash several uncoated aspirin tablets into a powder with a fork. Moisten into a paste with a small amount of water and apply to the keloid. Wait until the paste dries then wash area well with clean water. Repeat daily until scar disappears. This is a folk remedy to reduce the size and colour of scars that many people have found successful.
Apply a bandage tightly over the scar to produce compression, which can help reduce or eliminate keloid scars. Wear the bandage continuously for a period of 6 to 12 months, changing as necessary.
Cut a cover from the silicone wound cover sheet that will fit over the keloid and apply. The moist cover has been shown, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, to have a positive effect on healing raised keloids.
Tips and warnings
- Talk to your health care provider about medical or surgical ways to remove your scar. Tretaments may include corticosteroid injection, laser surgery or cryosurgery.
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