An industrial piercing involves the ear cartilage being pierced in two separate areas that are connected with a long, straight barbell. At times, a keloid can develop on the industrial piercing site. A keloid is a rounded, raised red or purple scar. Although the cause is unknown, keloids may subside with home treatment. However, some keloids may remain on the industrial site even with home treatment. At this time, a doctor should remove the keloid surgically or by other approved treatments.
Mix 4 tsp. sea salt with 1 gallon distilled water. Microwave the salt water as hot as you can stand. Place your ear into the bowl of water. Soak the industrial piercing in hot sea salt water two or three times a day for five minutes at a time.
Combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to form a paste. Apply the paste to the industrial piercing site after sea salt soaks.
Crush three aspirin pills using the back of a spoon or other method. Soak a cotton swab in water. Dip the cotton swab into the crushed aspirin and then apply it to the industrial piercing keloid. Leave the aspirin on your ear for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Get cortisone injections once a month from a medical doctor. Cortisone is the most common treatment for keloids.
Seek other professional treatments if the cortisone injections were proved unsuccessful. Your doctor may refer you to a professional specialized in surgery, laser treatment, radiation and silicone gel dressings.
You can also apply apple cider vinegar to the keloid every 30 minutes. However, it can cause irritation to the skin.