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Should i rub alcohol on a piercing daily to help prevent keloids?

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Dr. Stephen Pincus
Facial Plastic Surgery 54 years experience
No: Keloids result from an excessive bodily reaction to a wound. Unlike normal healing which lays down scar tissue(collagen) to close a wound, a keloid forms when the degree & magnitude of this process is excessive. And unlike a hypertrophic scar which is an excessive amount of scar tissue within the confines of the injury, a keloid results when the process extends into the normal surrounding tissue.
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Dr. Randolph Wong
Plastic Surgery 48 years experience
Perhaps: Alcohol may be useful in removing excess oils that can cause inflammation, the trigger for keloid growth, but your local immune response is what triggers the collagen production to grow keloids. I have seen keloids shrink and flatten with carboxytherapy. Other effective methods may include steroid injections, or surgery.
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Last updated Jul 15, 2020
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