Have you ever stumbled across an odd looking bump in your skin that just wouldn’t go away? No, not the third nipple. We are talking about keloids, those raised and prominent scars that could be red or purple in color. If you have one on your body and want to know how to get rid of it without visiting a dermatologist, you are at the right place. Here is everything you need to know about getting rid of a keloid from home.
What Is A Keloid?
A keloid is an abnormal formation of scar tissue caused by excessive collagen production following trauma such as surgery, cuts or burns — essentially anything which damages the skin. The resulting growth appears as raised and sometimes even lumpy masses that can range from pinkish-red to darker brown colors depending upon factors like severity and duration.
Why Do Keloids Form?
There isn’t really any known answer as to why some people form keloids when others do not; however there seems to be associations with genetics/family history (so blame those darn genes), certain races including African Americans/Asians (lucky us) who tend towards dermal hypertrophy rather than scarring alone (oh joy!), location on the body where they come into contact constantly with clothing/equipment/shift weight etc.; previous experience/frequency/type(s) of trauma/incision; infections – all play roles.
Keloids may also develop due to acne or pimples being picked too much/not cared for properly resulting in breakouts leaving permanent scars behind (because picking them once wasn’t enough apparently). Regardless though if these unwanted formations happen- expect annoyance/pain itching/tenderness/stress trying every possible solution under the sun ultimately finding frustration leading straight back here!
Can You Get Rid Of Them Permanently?
While we cannot promise complete resolution without medical intervention, such as steroid injections, pressure bandages or surgical removal; depending on the severity of your keloid and your willingness to try some home remedy solutions first- it might be possible for you to get rid of them completely. Whether it’s through reducing inflammation with natural ingredients or treating underlying conditions that could cause keloids in the future (such as recurring infections), there are plenty of ways to address these pesky scars at home.
Top Home Remedies For Keloids
1. Onion Extract
Yes, you read that correctly… onion extract! It turns out onions are not just great for flavoring dishes – they also help reduce inflammation due to their antimicrobial properties. Applying a small amount of onion extract can help get rid of a keloid by flattening it over time.
- Cut an onion into thin slices.
- Blend then strain its juice using cheesecloth/filter paper.
- Apply the resultant juice directly onto your keloid(s) then allow it dry
for about 30 minutes before rinsing off using cold water.
Perform this daily until desired results achieved (compatible noseplugs recommended).
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is another great way to treat keloids, since apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which can actually break down excess collagen production under the skin while helping prevent infection from bacteria/fungi/yeasts growing around/in our dermal layers where disruption would simply facilitate more growth!
- Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar & water together (assuming one has math skills).
- Dip cotton ball/clean cloth into mixture and apply directly onto the affected area(s)!
Note: Leaving apple cider vinegar on skin longer than necessary may result in irritation/sensitivity so always rinse off well after several minutes prior moving forward(pun intended).
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has been used for centuries for its wound healing properties. It is an excellent natural remedy that helps promote collagen growth while fighting off inflammation and infections.
- Cut open a fresh aloe vera leaf with clean hands/scissors.
- Apply the thick clear gel found inside directly onto your keloid(s).
- Allow the aloe to absorb into your skin and repeat this process two-three times daily.
4. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice has bleaching agents along with exfoliants which can help shrink scars over time especially if applied religiously
- Squeeze lemon juice
onto cotton ball/pad (seeds removed of course) then apply it on affected area(s).
Remember – Avoid exposure to sunlight when treating with lemon juice since citrus makes skin
Which in turn could lead to burning/irritation because common sense eludes some people!
Leave lemon juice on your skin for overnight or at least 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Honey is packed full of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and humectant qualities helping reduce scar tissue formation; relieve pain/swelling/redness leading towards overall healthy looking dermis!
Use pure/raw/unfiltered honey making sure it’s organic/non-GMO!
-The next part depends upon whether you have one or several keloids.
Rub warm water/moist towel over area first as opening pores helps increase absorption etc…
Pour cold honey onto the site injecting suffering called keloid
-(Honey in syringe form may be easier than trying to pour from bottle/bucket)
^ Regardless message still stands…Apply correct amount depending on size.
- Gently massage/rub until most of strand-like consistency dissolves into skin.
Same steps as one keloid, but divides amount of honey you will use into equal parts. Why? Because without every area getting enough of this sweet elixir they won't go anywhere! Apply copaiba oil on top for added relief.•
Time to cover with bandage which should be clean/sterile then change in morning/night while repeating until progress is noticed..
Other Things You Can Do To Get Rid Of Keloids
Avoid Aggravating The Site(s)
Let’s make it clear. Touching/picking at the keloid only makes things worse than better! It causes
more irritation and therefore more inflammation which could lead to growth/enlargement etc…
What You Should Do:
- Resist scratching or picking your keloid.
- Avoid activities that will agitate= cause skin abrasions/cuts (such as sports/applying tight clothing/skinny jeans/pick-up basketball with friends).
- Wearing loose-fitting clothes /using paddings to protect the keloid from friction could reasonable alternatives.
Use Silicone Sheets
Silicone sheets are flexible gel pads that can effectively flatten scars over time.
What You Should Do:
- Cut a silicone sheet sizable enough to cover your affected area(s)then leave it doing its thing for at least 8 hours per day(always adhering yours or product instructions).
Once you have committed to any/all these methods,it ultimately comes down consistency so get ready for some self-discipline because there aren’t really any overnight breakthroughs!(sorry-not-sorry)
At least by trying out all these possible home remedies and other measures mentioned, we might just pull off diminishing/removing those annoying/repetitive bumps if our skin doesn’t protest otherwise. Our fingers are crossed(although joints need exercise regularly).
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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