Is the DIY rubberband keloid removal a good idea? Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says this is “So wack!”
Keloids are overgrown scars that exceed the original injury to the skin. Dr. Batra explains they can be itchy, painful and a true nuisance. However, by putting a rubber band around the base, you are chocking off the blood supply to the keloid so it will turn black and basically become dead, or necrotic tissue.
Keloids form because of inflammation and tension on wounds so putting a rubber band around one will create more inflammation, possibly introduce bacteria and cause an infection… this is one of the worse things you could do! Dr. Batra says the keloid will likely worsen and come back.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains there are several ways to treat and prevent a keloid. Pressure therapy, steroid injections, excision of the keloid for a better scar, or even radiation. If you are prone to keloids and are going in for surgery, let your doctor know, and be proactive doing the aforementioned treatments to stop them preemptively.
Luckily, the next tip is a true hack! Using medical paper tape was shown to be effective in preventing blisters in a study that wrapped the feet of marathoners with it. Adding that extra barrier makes a blister less likely to form from friction. Dr. Batra adds that it's extremely cost effective at only .25 per roll compared to $4 a box for red cross patches and $8 for a roll-on blister preventer!