Scar formation can arise as a result of physical trauma, surgery, abrasion, burns and even tattoos. Sometimes this process can be hindered by infection, immune hypersensitivity or irritation of the area and causes an overproliferaion of connective tissue which results in a keloid scar.
External scarring of the skin is known as keloid scarring when the scar is thick, dense and abnormal. Old keloid scars can become aggravated due to re-infection, abrasion, allergies or inflammation and may cause symptoms of pain, itching, tender, discomfort and inflammation. They appear as red or purple and raised on the surface of the skin or connective tissue after the healing of a wound or tissue fails to repair themselves and is consequently eplaced by excessive scar tissue instead (connective tissue).
LIFESTYLE FACTORS FOR KELOID SCARRING
- Once the areas settle down again you may consider having Acupuncture as it may help to break up the scarring and release stagnant Qi and blood around the areas of scarring.
- Excessive exposure to Chlorine (used in swimming pools) can irritate a keloid scar.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR KELOID SCARRING
- Zinc is a common nutritional deficiency, improves wound healing, decreases inflammation
- Squeeze out the oil from a capsule of Vitamin E oil and massage into the area.
- Vitamin K applied topically in a cream
- The mineral Silica internally is an important factor in skin regeneration and may help to reduce scarring when used over time. You may also use Silica sheets topically on the area
- Herbs used topically which may help to slowly break down scars and reduce inflammation and sensitivity are Rose hip oil, Lavender, Calendula, Aloe Vera Gel, Gotu Kola, Comfrey
- Vitamin C and bioflavinoids including Quercetin may help to reduce inflammation and accelerate healing due to their role in production of collagen in the skin. You may take a Vitamin C powder internally to improve immunity and also use it topically in a cream. Rose hip oil contains high levels of Vitamin C
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