People of color, we have such thick skin given all we’ve endured throughout history, but we actually have some of the most sensitive skin in the world. Any little thing we do to our skin can cause it to overreact and kick drive its melanin production in what we see on the surface as hyperpigmentation or “dark spots.” And then there’s the raising of the skin known as a keloid.
With so much advancement in dermatology for those of us with more melanin in our skin, there are still some things we need to be cautious about to avoid making a bad situation worse. We sat down for a quick chat with Dr. Michael E. Jones—a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery—for a little briefing on what causes keloids and what we can do to treat them.
Q. What causes keloids?
A. We don’t know what causes keloids. We do know that darker skin tones have a higher propensity for developing them however, it is not just African Americans who are prone to developing keloids. Asians, some of those with Jewish heritage and many other ethnicities are also prone to develop keloids. However, anyone can develop them regardless of their specific skin tone or ethnicity.
Q. Can we prevent them?
A. No. We do not know exactly how to prevent keloids although there are some things we can do which may have a preventative effect. Regularly massaging the area where the scar would develop using a scar cream like the one I developed (Keloid Care) can work to prevent them from forming to begin with.
Q. How do we get rid of keloids? Are there any natural alternatives?
A. The most natural method to get rid of keloids is massage with a cream specifically formulated to combat them like Keloid Care. However, there are more invasive methods including surgical removal.
Q. What are the costs associated with treating keloids? Would insurance cover them?
A. Massage and the use of creams like Keloid Care is the least expensive alternative. Typically as the method becomes increasingly invasive it also becomes increasingly expensive. For example, surgery may be costly, but they are considered tumorous growths, so yes, typically insurance will cover.
For more information on Dr. Michael Jones, please visit www.michaeljonesmd.com.