Get Rid of a Keloid Scar
Edited by Calob Horton, Eng, Maria Quinney
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Keloid scars are a result of an overactive healing process. Your body produces an overabundance of collagen and keeps producing it to heal your initial injury, despite the injury already being healed! The scar can also extend beyond the original injury. The added collagen can impede your movement over time, too, so treatment is very important for keloid scars.Thankfully, there are a number of treatments, both natural and medical, that can heal your keloid scars.
There are a number of medical treatments for keloid scars, and they all depend on how extreme the case has become.
If your keloid scar is small and young, your physician may be able to treat it with cryotherapy. Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and flatten the scar, and it will also prevent the future growth of more collagen. However, cryotherapy is useful only for small and young keloid scars.
Applying pressure when you're injured can prevent the formation of keloid scars. Additionally, using silicone sheets on a keloid scar can flatten the scar. You can purchase silicone sheets here.
Certain steroid injections can treat and eliminate the excess collagen. Talk to your doctor about steroid injections and if they will work for your case.
As a last resort option, a surgeon can remove the excess scar tissue from your face. This is an especially useful option if your keloid scar has gotten to the point where it impairs your movement. Talk with a surgeon before you make the decision to undergo surgery for your scar.
If you'd rather take a natural route to get rid of your keloid scars, you can use one of the following treatments.
- 1Buy apple cider vinegar, calendula cream, lavender, and tea tree oil.
- 2Mix the ingredients with salt water.
- 3Rub the mixture on your keloid scar.
- 1Buy jojoba oil, mustard seed oil, and rose essential oil.
- 2Combine one tablespoon of mustard seed oil, one teaspoon of rose essential oil, and eight tablespoons of jojoba oil into a container and shake until the ingredients are combined.
- 3Apply the mixture to your keloid scar for 15 minutes; then wash it off with water and mild soap.
Questions and Answers
How do I get rid of stretch marks from pregnancy?
My wife just had her first pregnancy at the age of 31. How does she get rid of stretch marks on her tummy?
Retinol A has shown proven success for erasing stretch marks. It can get expensive if you want to apply this to your entire body but using an over the counter face cream with Retinol A on just the area with the stretchmarks will be fine. Apply twice a day to the area. I used Avon Line Eraser with Retinol for my stretchmarks after pregnancy. It is not advised to use retinol while pregnant but afterwards is just fine and you will want to start this treatment immediately after giving birth.
I used it in conjunction with Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturing Peel So I would use the peel first, wait a few minutes for it to soak in then apply the Clinical Line Eraser Cream. A mother in my Mommy and Me class introduced a group of us to this treatment plan after we saw her results. Each of us reduced the visibility of our stretchmarks or they faded completely away within a few months of use. Unlike Cocoa Butter which can be used during pregnancy these items should only be applied post birth and only to the areas of the stretchmarks and not the rest of her body or you will be paying far more than you need to for the product. You can get the products on Avon.com or ask for a representative in your area. They regularly go on sale but have your wife try these products because they worked for my stretchmarks and I saw the results on other people as well!
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Recent edits by: Eng, Calob Horton