Understanding and Treating Keloid Scars

After your skin is injured, it tries to repair itself by creating a new surface; a scar. Under normal circumstances, the scar is flat and connects the edges of the wound together. Sometimes the body creates extra tissue which turns into a raised scar that extends above and beyond your skin’s surface. It’s called a keloid scar. They are usually pink or red, but sometimes stay flesh-colored. Keloids often resemble a cyst or skin lesion.

There are a number of different treatments for them, since sometimes these scars can be stubborn and difficult to reduce or remove permanently. One remedy is keloid scar cream. Scar Fade is effective on keloid scars, but by their nature, keloids may take longer to reduce than flat scar tissue.

What Causes Keloid Scars?

When your body forms scars, it uses collagen to produce the new layer of skin. Keloids form when the body creates too much collagen. According to the National Institutes of Health, keloid scars are common among family members, and more often in those of Hispanic or African-American descent as compared to other ethnic backgrounds. Keloids develop more frequently in children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20. There are a number of different types of injuries that can cause keloid scarring. These include burns, pierced ears, surgery, vaccines and scratches. Depending on the wound’s location, once scars develop, they can affect how your skin looks and feels. Sometimes they can prevent range of motion if the scar forms on top of the joint.

Treat Scars

When keloid scars form with ridges or a bumpy appearance, ScarFade can be used to reduce them and help them to even out. Once the skin’s surface has healed, apply ScarFade silicone gel to the keloid’s surface. Used regularly, the size and prominence of the scar will slowly lessen.

One way to reduce the redness of the skin while the scar treatment is in process is to stay out of the sun or protect the scar for about 18 months after the injury for children, or about six months after the injury for adults. When using ScarFade products, you can use sunscreen over the silicone gel without lowering its effectiveness.