How To Get Rid of Keloid Scars

By Subodh / August 17, 2013

Keloids are scars that occur as thick, raised growths on the skin due to the abnormal growth of fibrous tissues. Skin injuries, skin burns, cuts, piercings, acne, chicken pox and insect bites are the common causes of Keloids. The condition is not harmful as these lumps are non-cancerous but the scars look ugly. People opt for Keloid treatments using injections, surgery and laser treatments. Keloids can also be cured using natural remedies if you don’t want to spend money on expensive treatments and medication. Here are some of the medicated techniques and home remedies that you can employ for removing these scars.

Natural treatments

Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera is good for skin and is very effective for treating Keloids. It reduces pain and keeps the damaged skin moisturized. Using aloe vera can help for a fresh scar, it isn’t much effective for scars that are over a year old. Before applying aloe vera, wash the skin with lukewarm water and then apply the paste onto the scar. Use the get twice daily. It will heal the damaged skin and prevent further skin infection.

Lemon Juice

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Lemon juice is very effective in treating many skin diseases. It is rich in vitamin C which works as an antioxidant and helps in curing Keloids. Extract a fresh lemon and apply the juice on the affected area. Leave it for around 30 minutes and then wash the skin with lukewarm water. Repeat this process for a few weeks you’ll notice significant improvement in the texture and appearance of the scar.

Lavender oil

Lavender oil

Lavender oil has skin rejuvenating properties and helps in curing Keloids at a fast rate. To reduce the scar, massage the affected area with lavender oil for several minutes. Repeat the process several times a day for better results. You can also mix lavender oil with olive oil and then apply it to the scar. It protects the scar from becoming permanent.

Garlic

Remove Garlic Smell

Garlic helps in stopping the growth of Keloid scars. Take some garlic oil and apply it to the scar. Leave it for 15-30 minutes and the wash the skin with lukewarm water. If garlic oil isn’t available, you can rub the scar area with crushed garlic cloves to reduce the Keloid. It stops excessive fibroblast proliferation on the skin which is responsible for the growth of scars.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

It is a very effective home remedy for the removal of scars. Take 2 spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and mix one spoon of water in it. Apply it to the Keloids and leave for about half an hour. Continue this remedy for a few weeks to get visual results.

Baking Soda

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Take some baking soda and add equal amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution in it. Mix it well and apply the resulting thick paste on the affected area 3-4 times a day for a couple of weeks. It will make the Keloids shrink and dry out. You can apply olive oil after this treatment to keep the skin moisturized.

Onion extract

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Onion extract has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and collagen-suppressive properties that help prevent and heal scars. You can extract onion and apply its juice to the affected area through cheesecloth. Mixing this extract with vitamin E oil can be more effective in healing the Keloids.

Medicated Treatments

Cortisone injections

Steroid injection can help in reducing scars, especially if taken in the easily stages of Keloids development. The injection is given once a month until improvement is observed. However, these cannot permanently remove the Keloids and don’t help them in changing the color back to your normal skin tone.

Laser treatments

Laser can be very effective in flattening out the ugly scars. Laser treatment is safe and less painful than other Keloid removal techniques. This may get costly as several treatment sessions are required for the removal of the Keloids.

Surgical removal

If your Keloids don’t vanish by the use of medication and natural remedies, consult a doctor to get it removed surgically. Surgical treatment can be expensive but it is the most effective way of completely removing the scar and making the skin look uniform in color. However, a surgery may trigger formation of an even larger Keloid. Success rate can be increased by injecting cortisone after the surgery.

Start Keloid treatment as soon as you notice it to ensure that it doesn’t grow up into a huge mess. Getting a treatment at an early stage of Keloid formation helps in healing the scar completely without leaving any marks on the skin. Take complete care of your skin and use the medication or the natural treatment regularly to ensure the Keloid goes away in a short time.

Finally, whatever you decide to do, it’s always going to be good to have an expert opinion before actually doing it.