Keloids are an overgrowth of scar tissue on the skin's surface. They occur when tissue continues to grow beyond the size of an injury, resulting in firm, rubbery lesions. While benign, they may cause discomfort, itchiness or pain. Treating keloids is a frustrating issue for many because removing the growths with surgery often leads to further growth of the original keloid. For this reason, alternative treatments such as aspirin paste offer new hope for dealing with keloid scars.
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Things you need
- 3 tablets uncoated, regular aspirin
- Small plate
Clean keloid and the skin surrounding the scar thoroughly. Dry the area well.
Crush the aspirin tablets using the back of your spoon and the plate. You may find this easier to do if you trickle two to three drops of water onto the tablets before crushing. This will begin dissolving the hard tablet to allow for easier crushing.
Add three to five drops of water to the aspirin powder, or just enough to make a thick paste. Add a little at a time, stirring after each addition, to achieve the appropriate consistency. You want a thick paste that will remain in place when applied to the skin.
Apply the aspirin paste to the affected area and allow the medicine to soak into your skin for five minutes. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory commonly used in the treatment of skin conditions.
Rinse the paste from your skin. Repeat this process once daily until condition improves.
Tips and warnings
- Discontinue use if the scar remains unchanged after a week or if the area becomes red or tender.
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