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Keloid help :( 
28th-Apr-2008 01:47 am
I got my nose pierced about a month ago and developed a keloid. A friend recommended aspirin paste, so I tried it and the keloid got slightly larger and bled. I continued to use the aspirin paste a few more times without seeing any improvement so I went to a piercer who recommended I try tea tree oil. So for the past week I've been soaking in sea salt water twice a day and applying tea tree oil in the morning and before bed... the keloid is a bit smaller, but still bleeds when I clean it. Also the skin around the area gets dry and flakes a little and itches.

I read up about keloids online and kind of freaked myself out, I don't want this thing on my face forever :( Does anyone have any positive experiences with reducing or getting rid of a keloid completely? Has anyone experienced a keloid that bleeds and is that even normal??

I also came across a few websites saying that Contractubex gel is recommended for treatment of scars and keloids. Has anyone tried it before? It's a non-prescription, can I find it in a typical drug store like Longs or Rite Aid?

Lastly, I really don't want to end up removing the piercing completely, but if I do will the keloid remain or will removing the piercing allow the scar tissue to settle?

Sorry for all the frantic questions, I'm really bummed on this.
28th-Apr-2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
try posting this to _modified but yeah sea salt soaks are the only thing i know of.
28th-Apr-2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
holy shit, please be making your way to bodymods now.

Check out the memories, I'm sure there will be something there to help you.
28th-Apr-2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
i had something like that with my navel piercing.
i fought with my keloid for around 7 months. lots of salt soaks, very very very diluted tea tree oil and the aspirin cake thingies. it finally went away, but i have a tiiiny scar where it was..
28th-Apr-2008 03:58 pm (UTC) - Get your facts right.
If it was a keloid it wouldn't have gone away.


Edited at 2008-04-28 04:08 pm (UTC)
28th-Apr-2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
28th-Apr-2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
I had a keloid on the inside of my nose for like 2 months i thought it was never going to go away. i sprayed it with sea salt and bactine and it eventually went away and never came back
28th-Apr-2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
what you have is probably not a keloid. it's most likely an infection that has a more specific name (that i don't remember/don't want to read up on again).

i don't know so much about aspirin paste, but sea salt soaks and tea tree oil are good (although i haven't personally used tea tree oil). another problem might be over-cleaning? which irritates the piercing itself which isn't that good.

but realistically, you can find all of this online, google it, or go back to your piercer and ask more questions, they're way more versed on this than we are.
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28th-Apr-2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
terrible idea
28th-Apr-2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'm curious where does someone get the idea to put butter on a piercing?
28th-Apr-2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
uhhhh wtf
28th-Apr-2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
I got that [not a keloid lol] when I got my nose pierced. I didn't really do much to get it to go away besides washing it regularly, which I didn't really do at first because I was lazy. It was irritated because I kept getting it stuck in towels when I dried my face off after showers and in my blanket while I slept, so I just tried to be extra careful to leave that area alone as much as I could. It healed pretty well and we've been going strong for 2 years now lol.
28th-Apr-2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
its not a keloid, im sure of it.
its a type of scarring called "hypertrophic scarring". its common on all sorts of piercings, and i get it on every piercing i have had during the healing phase.
second, dont use tea tree oil if your piercing has not healed yet. which it obviously hasnt.
lastly, continue sea salt soaks. make sure to rinse after soaking, and dont ever pick crustys. its possible your piercing maybe getting overly dried out if its flaking, so maybe dilute the salt water more.
28th-Apr-2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Okay, to start off, chances are you do not have a keloid. Keloids are small, tumor-looking bumps that form around a piercing that need to be removed surgically. With that said, you are probably experiencing hypertrophic scarring. I personally experienced hypertrophic scarring on an industrial I had a few years ago. To get rid of it, I made sure to soak it in a sea-salt solution twice a day. To make the solution, you should take 1/8 of a teaspoon of granulated sea salt (you can find this at any grocery store) to 1 cup of warm distilled water. You basically just soak your piercing in the solution until the water gets warm. Seeing as your piercing is on your nose, that'll probably be hard, so you can dip your nose in and out of the solution instead of letting it sit for that long. Along with the sea-salt soaks, you should be washing your piercing only twice a day with a gentle soap like original Dial. Anymore than that can irritate the piercing. After I washed and soaked mine, I put tea tree oil on the scarring with a q-tip. This really, really dries out the piercing, so I alternated between tea tree oil and vitamin e oil as well. Doing all of those things religiously had the scarring clear up in literally about a week.

And I know that was a lot to read, but hopefully it helps!
28th-Apr-2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU. out of 20+ responses, yours was above and beyond the most helpful.

for those of you who took it upon yourself to jump so quickly into internet douchebag mode -- for the record, the piercer I went to see about my situation mistakenly told me I had a keloid, and it's a relief to know that's not the case. I was misinformed, not ignorant. ignorance signifies coming to conclusions without educating yourself. before making this post, I did a google search on keloids, because that's what the piercer told me I had, and read information that freaked me out. one of the articles mentioned hypertophic scarring but what I read gave me the impression that it was a fancy name for your typical post-injury scar.

I'm very relieved to hear that I'm hopefully on my way to getting rid of this thing. too bad there isn't an easy cure for the stick that's lodged up most of your asses.
28th-Apr-2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
have you tried the chamomile tea bag compress mentioned in http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Hypertrophic_scarring? I'm thinking it might be worth a shot.
28th-Apr-2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
as a bunch of people have already said, it's most likely not a keloid. the same thing has happened to two of my cartilage piercings. one of them was taken out and now all that's left is the tiniest bump that's barely noticeable. the other one gets a little bloody every now and then, but what i've found to work best is just to leave it completely alone. no sea salt soaks, no tea tree oil, nothing. eventually it will start to settle down.
28th-Apr-2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
if it started bleeding why would you keep on fucking putting the paste on?
28th-Apr-2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
sorry some people here are such bitches. some of these comments made me just want to go BANBANBANBAN.
28th-Apr-2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not a keloid but I have a similar story. Intense make out session does nothing for a freshly pierced nostril piercing. So a bump formed right under where the gem sat and it looked TERRIBLE. So, i took it out and the bump went down within a week. I waited a few months for it to heal as best it could and repierced it. Simple as that.
28th-Apr-2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Go to a piercer, immediately.
29th-Apr-2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
hypertrophic scarring
this happened to me twice, one on the inside so i didnt care and then on the outside (i pierced my nose again after i took it out)
use a q-tip for the sea salt water, um PURE sea salt only, so fibers don't get in the piercing
DO NOT touch your damn piercing-inside or outside of the nose-unless you've washed your hands with anti-bacterial soap
only wash the piercing with an alcohol free soap (dial has one)
and for some reason letting the water run over it while in the shower helps, sounds far fetched but if you do that with pretty hot water and then let it air dry it will dry it out some more.
don't take your piercing out, the bump won't go away like that
be patient and don't freak out :) it'll go away if you take care of it right.

no h2ocean or that cream you're talking about
those will irritate it and make it bigger or harder to get rid of.
29th-Apr-2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
and i forgot to tell you to let the saltwater air dry, don't wipe around the piercing
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