The development of a Keloid scar can be an extremely frustrating time in one's life. Not only are these kinds of scars often large and unseemly, but they are also extremely itchy. Unfortunately, those with Keloids sometimes take matters into their own hands and attempt to cut off or burn away their scars. This is absolutely the wrong thing to do as you are potentially risking the development of an infection which would be worse than having the scar in the first place. Additionally, having Keloid scars can also be frustrating as they often develop following normal social expressions such as piercing your ears or nose.
If you have a Keloid scar, it is in your best interest to explore the variety of treatment options that are available to you. For example, very large Keloids may need to be removed via laser treatments, surgery, or even through injections of steroids which may help diminish the size of the scar. However, like any surgical or invasive treatment, there are risks such as the potential for an even larger Keloid scar to develop following surgery.
Due to the medical risks as well as the expense associated with these kinds of scar treatment options, many of those affected first choose to try a topical, over-the-counter scar treatment such as using a scar gel or cream.
In essence, these kinds of topical scar treatments do two main things: protect the scar from natural elements and allow it to retain moisture from surrounding areas of healthy skin. As a result, the Keloid will often diminish in both size and color over time. To most, this is proof that topical Keloid Scar Treatments are effective in addition to being less risky and much less expensive than treating the scar surgically.
However, it should be noted, that using a topical scar treatment to treat a Keloid is not a guarantee that it will work. As previously stated, Keloids come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and may not fully respond to topical treatments. It will also take longer to notice results compared to having the Keloid removed surgically.
The primary ingredient used in topical scar treatments is silicone. Silicone has been proven to help scars heal more efficiently compared with waiting for nature to take its course. Yes, scars will naturally heal over time, but most people with scars want them healed as quickly and as cheaply as possible which is why most people with Keloid scars choose to try topical scar treatments prior to surgery or laser treatments.
There are three main topical scar treatments to choose from: gels, creams, and sheeting. Obviously using silicone scar sheeting will probably not work for Keloids due to the fact that the sheeting is placed over the scar and leave part of it exposed. Scar creams often have additional ingredients such as sun block or moisturizers. These types of ingredients can be placed over the scar once the application of the topical treatment is absorbed.
In conclusion, scar gels are the best choice for topically treating Keloid scars. Please remember that you do have options to help treat your scar and that you should never try to remove your scars by trying to cut or burn them off yourself.