When the skin is injured, fibrous tissue, called scar tissue, forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury. In some cases, scar tissue grows excessively, forming smooth, hard growths called keloids. Keloids can be much larger than the original wound. They’re most commonly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes, back of the head and cheeks. However, keloids can affect any part of the body. Although keloids aren’t harmful to your health, they may create cosmetic concerns.
WHAT CAUSES KELOIDS ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD?
Keloid develops from a scar of injured skin. The scar tissue is made up of fibrous tissue and collagen. Keloid forms when there is an uncontrolled overgrowth of fibrous tissue. Not everyone who has skin injury will get a keloid, but some people are more prone to develop keloid than others.
The exact reason is still not understood. However, there is a genetic predisposition for developing a keloid. It means if anyone in your family has a keloid, you may be susceptible to develop keloid after a skin injury. Men and women are equally affected. People from Asian and African origin are more likely to get keloids. Keloid is not common in children and aged individuals.
Keloid on the back of the head occurs due to many reasons. It can occur from a healed scar left behind after some surgical work on the back of the head. It may also appear from the scar of the healed abscess. The skin on the back of the head may get injured sometime while cutting hair. Cuts and scrapes in such cases can cause keloid.
WHAT SYMPTOMS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH KELOIDS?
Keloids occur from the overgrowth of scar tissue. Symptoms occur at a site of previous skin injury symptoms of keloids can include:
• a localized area that is flesh-color-pink, or red in color
• a lumpy or ridged area of skin that’s usually raised
• an area that continues to grow larger with scar tissue over time
• an itchy patch of skin
While keloid scars may be itchy, they’re usually not harmful to your health. You may experience discomfort, tenderness, or possible irritation from your clothing or other forms of friction. In rare instances, you may experience keloid scarring on a significant amount of your body. When this occurs, the hardened, tight scar tissue may restrict your movements.
Keloids are often more of a cosmetic concern than a healthy one. You may feel self-conscious if the keloid is very large or in a highly visible location, such as an earlobe or on the face. Sun exposure or tanning may discolor the scar tissue, making it slightly darker than your surrounding skin. This can make the keloid stand out even more than it already does. Keep the scar covered when you’re in the sun to prevent discoloration.
WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
Keloids typically don’t require medical attention, but you may want to contact your doctor if growth continues, you develop additional symptoms, or you want to have the keloids surgically removed.There are herbal and alternative remedies that can be employed, as this article will show.
Keloids are benign, but uncontrolled growth may be a sign of skin cancer. After diagnosing keloid scarring by visual exam, your doctor may want to perform a biopsy to rule out other conditions. This involves taking a small sample of tissue from the scarred area and analyzing it for cancerous cells.
Keloids are one of the most difficult skin irritations to tackle, but faced with this condition, herbal supplements can come to your rescue. So what are some of those herbal extracts that can help you clear or prevent keloids?
Apple Cider Vinegar
No home remedy list will be complete without apple cider vinegar. It is known to be very effective in getting rid of keloids because it helps minimize the redness and even the size of the keloid.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is a natural healer in almost every skin problem. It helps reduce inflammation present in keloids. Also, it keeps the keloid skin moist. While Aloe Vera is known to be a good home remedy for hair loss, people become shocked once they learn that Aloe Vera can also be effective in getting rid of keloids. Aloe Vera is revitalizing and can help the skin regenerate. This can also help scars heal faster so people will not have a problem with the possible appearance of keloids on the skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil. The oil is derived from Melaleuca Alternifolia plant leaves. It is a shrub-like tree found mostly in Australia. Tea tree oil has been used to treat many different conditions. It is effective for treating athlete’s foot, acne, boil, warts, genital infection, etc. It is remarkable oil which has valuable healing property for keloids. It can be found in various products such as soaps, creams, lotions, bath oils etc.
Tea tree oil contains many compounds which work together to produce its healing abilities. The compounds are mainly terpenes, Cymone’s, terpinols etc. According to many researchers, tea tree oil may not be directly involved in reducing the keloid scar, but its anti-inflammatory property, as well as its ability to reduce itching and burning, g may be a great help as these symptoms are also present in keloid. This mild anesthetic activity can help to heal as well as reduce the scar tissue.
HOW TO PREVENT KELOID
1. Avoid Shaving
Avoid or be careful when shaving to prevent nicks and cuts.
2. Take Care if You Have Acne
If you have acne, don’t pop pimples and maintain a proper skin care regimen. Swissgarde Tbasic range can help in this regard.
3. Avoid Body Piercings and Tattoos
Keloids can develop on the earlobes from simple ear piercing, other body piercing as well as tattoos.
4. If Possible Avoid Cosmetic Surgery
If you will be having a surgical procedure done and are prone to keloid scarring, let the surgeon know and discuss what can be done to minimize scarring. There are things that a surgeon will be able to do to try to avoid keloids, including cortisone injections into the wound area and using steri-strips to keep tension off the wound. Follow post operation directions to the letter.
5. Treat Injuries and Burns Immediately
Keep wounds clean by using gentle cleansers without harsh or irritating ingredients. Run cool water over burns or use a cool compress.
6. Keep the Wound Moisturized
Moisturize the wound to prevent the scar from drying up and possibly reopening. To help moisturizers absorb and sooth wounds, heat up a wet washcloth in the microwave to apply moist heat (not too hot) to the injured skin and follow with a gentle moisturizer.
7. Massage the Scar
Massage can assist with softening and healing of scars.
It is important to note here that the methods for taking care of Keloids outlined here is based on my research and the experience of Distributor Joan Emmanuel’s use of Swissgarde’s products, and she has had a good measure of success in helping people with this skin condition.
Clean the area very carefully with Tea tree oil soap, so that you can be sure that the area is free from dirt and bacteria.
Apply Aloe Vera gel on the scar, three times a day so that it can help shrink the keloid and make the healing become faster.
Allow the gel to remain on top of the scar for hours. You have to make sure that you will reapply whenever necessary.
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