Keloids are considered as a kind of scar that appears on a healed spot on your skin. These raised scars tend to grow much larger than the primal injury which caused the scar.
Anything which leaves your skin scared like a cut, a burn or in some cases even severe acne can be the cause for keloids. Among other things tattoos and body piercings may also be the cause for keloids, as well as scars we get from undergoing a surgical procedure.
Keloids have proven itself to be very unpredictable because there is no strict rule to when it develops. In certain cases, it shows up as late as 3 months after the injury and unfortunately, keloids can continue to grow for years if not treated.
Here are some of the most common indicators of keloids:
– A purple, pink, red scar
The color of a keloid darkens over time and you end up having a raised scar with a lightly colored center and darker borders. Therefore, make sure you pay attention and check your scar regularly for any changes.
– Grows slowly
Keloids are hard to spot because it usually takes up from three months to a year for them to show the first signs. Once the process has begun it can take several weeks or months for them to grow and this growth is very slow and steady.
– Cause tenderness, itching, and pain
It is not uncommon for keloids to be painful or tender at touch while they are growing and some may even experience severe itchiness. However, once the keloid stops growing these symptoms disappear simultaneously.
Natural remedies to remove keloids
Garlic works by combating the excessive fibroblast propitiation that leads to the development of keloids. Use this remedy by applying it on the affected area and then leave it on for 10 minutes to work. Once done, wash it off using warm water.
- Aloe Vera
Being used to treat a great number of skin problems, it probably comes as no surprise that Aloe Vera can be used to treat issues as keloids. Aloe Vera is a remedy that brings many benefits to the skin. It has healing and anti-inflammatory properties and is also a great moisturizer. All you need to do before applying it on your skin is wash your skin with lukewarm water and then leave it on to work its wonders.
- Baking soda
Baking soda is a remedy famous for its exfoliating abilities. Use it to get rid of keloids by combining one part of baking soda with three parts of peroxide into a paste. This paste can be used to both speeds up the growing process of the keloid and reduce the inflammation which it is accompanied by. Just apply the paste directly on the affected scar.
- Lemon juice
Lemon juice is rich in both antioxidants and vitamin C and luckily these ingredients are proven to be very helpful in dealing with different types of scars including keloids. Remember to use fresh lemons to make the lemon juice you need. Leave it on to work for half an hour and then wash it off with water.
- Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is very successful at reducing the redness and size of keloids. Start by applying it on the scar and then massage until it is fully absorbed into the skin. If you choose to you may repeat this procedure a couple of times, but remember to leave the ACV to dry off before you go to your second or third massage.
Applying honey on your skin will not only help better circulation and help the accumulation of dead skin cells, but it will also bring extra moisture to your skin and speed up the healing process. Use it by spreading it on to the affected area and massage using circular motions.
- Fuller’s earth
Make a paste by combining one tablespoon fuller’s earth with one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of rose water and then apply it on the scar until it becomes soft at touch. Next, let the skin dry off and repeat the process again. Then, leave the paste on for 10 to 15 minutes and once the time has passed, wash it off with cold water.
- Lavender oil
The amazing thing about this remedy is the fact that it can prevent scars from staying permanent by increasing cell turnover. Therefore it is highly recommendable to massage the affected skin with this oil to revitalize it.