A keloid can be described simply as a scar that does not stop growing. Normally, as the skin is injured, a fibrous tissue, known as scar tissue, grows over the wound to heal and protect the injury. In some cases, though, this scar tissue continues to grow, forming a smooth, firm growth known as a keloid. Keloids are typically much larger than the original wound and are most often found on the upper chest and shoulders; however, keloids can develop anywhere.
As keloids occur as the overgrowth of scar tissue these growths form at the site of a prior injury. Symptoms also manifest at the injury site and include a flesh-colored area of skin that is pink to red in color, a lumpy or ridged patch of skin, a section of scar tissue that continues to grow and itchiness at the site of the growth.
Keloids develop as the result of the overgrowth of scar tissue at the site of an injury. Most injury types can contribute to or cause keloids including acne scars, burns, chickenpox scars, ear piercings, scratches, surgical cuts and vaccination sites. The exact cause for the development of keloid scarring is unknown.
Even though keloids do not pose a health concern, many people dislike having these enlarged, ugly scars. Some people opt for surgery, injections or laser treatment to remove them. Instead of paying for expensive treatments, there are some simple natural remedies that you can use to take care of your keloids at home for little cost.
Home Remedies for Keloids
Organic aloe Vera extract is very effective for treating Keloids. Aloe Vera reduces inflammation and pain. It also keeps damaged skin well moisturized. To apply the aloe Vera remedy, first of all wash the infected area with warm water. Then apply natural aloe Vera gel in the infected area. Leave for a decent while. Aloe Vera also protects damaged skin from further infection.
Baking soda acts as an abrasive agent and helps exfoliate the skin. It can also be used successfully to manage keloids.
1. Mix one part baking soda with three parts hydrogen peroxide to make a smooth paste.
2. Apply the paste directly on the affected area to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.
3. Do this three or four times a day depending upon the severity of the scar.
Lemon juice contains antioxidants and vitamin C that are very helpful in treating different types of scars, including keloids. After a few weeks of using this remedy, you should see significant improvement in the color, texture, appearance, and flexibility of the scar.
1. Extract the juice from a fresh lemon and apply it on the affected skin area.
2. Leave it on for about half an hour, and then wash the area with lukewarm water.
3. Repeat the process at least once daily.
Honey is a natural antioxidant and moisturizer of the skin. It’s really beneficial for treating Keloids or scars. Take some pure honey and directly apply on the scars. Then gently massage it to increase blood circulation. Regular application of honey over a few weeks can solve the problem of keloids.
Garlic is a popular natural home remedy to get rid of Keloids. Garlic can stop excessive fibroblast proliferation on the skin that in turns responsible for growing more scars. Take fresh garlic cloves and crush them. Apply the extracts directly on the affected area and leave for 10-15 minutes. Once it’s dry, wash off using warm water. You should use aloe Vera gel after applying garlic if it irritates or burns.
The same aspirin that you take for headaches and other health problems can also be used to treat keloids as it helps reduce the scar’s size and appearance.
1. Crush three or four aspirin tablets and add a small amount of water to make a smooth, thick paste.
2. Apply the paste on the scar, allow it to dry completely and then rinse it off by rubbing the area gently under water.
3. Pat the area dry and then apply some olive oil.
4. Do this daily until the keloid is gone.
To conclude, you can try a variety of home treatments for keloids. Be aware that newer keloids are easier to treat, while older ones may take more time.