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A keloid is a shiny, thick scar that is raised above the skin's surface. It is the result of an overgrowth of dense fibrous tissue that develops after the healing of a skin injury. Keloid scarring can occur after a dermal piercing if proper care is not taken to the injured skin site. If you are healing from a dermal piercing, there are many things you can do to help avoid keloid scarring.

Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a glass of water. Moisten a cotton ball and carefully wash the pierced area of the body with the solution. Clean the area two to three times a day. The salt-water solution will help prevent infection and keloid scarring.

Apply some aloe vera to the pierced area twice a day. The aloe vera plant has certain properties that help accelerate the healing process, which can help reduce the risk of infection and scarring.

Massage the area around your dermal piercing at least once a day. Massages will help loosen the skin, which will increase circulation and reduce tension, promoting proper skin repair.

Get dressed carefully, so you do not cause trauma or injury to the pierced area. Avoid snagging or tugging on your piercing, which can cause infection and keloid scarring.

Follow a nutritious diet to help aid in the healing process and prevent scarring. Consume lots of fruits and vegetables and eat minimal amounts of sugars and fats.


Always make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before touching the pierced area. Dirt and germs can cause infection, irritation and scarring.

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Based in Statesboro, Ga., Emily Jones has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in the diverse topics of cleaning and insects. Jones is a graduate student studying education at Georgia Southern University.