Keloid, a hypertrophic scar that causes a tissue overgrowth at the site of a healing wound. They appear as stiff, rubber textured lesions or pink, dark red or dark brown coloured shiny leathery nodules mostly benign in nature, non-infectious and many times accompanied by intense itching.
Keloids mostly ensue a skin trauma caused due to several trigger situations like women who undergo c-section deliveries, other surgeries, insect bites, scratching, burns and many times healed pimples turn into keloids. Keloids can occur in any age, many times in those who are more likely prone to it. Though there is no complete cure to Keloids, gels that contain allium cepa, allantoin and heparin have been used since long. Herbal topical applications comprising St. John’s wort, calendula officinalis and comfrey root have been adopted as effective alternative treatment.
A blend of grinded black gram and sandalwood paste when used during the initial stages, aids in lessening the scar intensity. Ice cubes when rubbed into the affected area helps make the skin taut. Vitamin E is a boon to scar-borne skin when applied on a regular basis. To avert deep seated scars, one can apply a combination of cod liver oil, vitamin E oil and aloe vera extract. Cocoa butter is a great home antidote to get relief from scars.
A treatment of Infra red therapy facilitates blood circulation, increases the supply of oxygen to damaged, scarred tissue, loosens dry outer layer of skin and opens up acting up pores thus aiding in the healing process.
Applying vinegar in the initial stages for a period of about 30 minutes for 4-5 days will help reduce the keloid scar in the initial hours of use. An equal quantity blend of lavender and tea tree oil will also shows positive results. If the above said two methods don’t seem to provide relief, then it might be an indicator of a fungal form of keloid scar that will respond ideally to alkaline solutions like a half teaspoon of Baking soda in half a glass of water two times a day.
The appalling itchiness accompanying keloid mostly likely due to fungus can be relieved with consuming apple cider vinegar or a quarter teaspoon of sea salt in a litre of water consumed once or twice a week will also help.
Consuming vitamin A, E and C, zinc supplements, fish oil, primrose oil will help hasten the recovery process. Millet, whey protein help decrease scars and accelerates healing. It is best to steer clear of foods like aspartame, gluten based foods, alcohol, fluoride, white bread or flour, sour foods, yeast based products that can trigger inflammation further worsening the situation. Many times coffee, sugar, peanut butter, dairy based produce, garlic and vegetable oils worsen the situation.