The aftermath of a piercing should be an uncomplicated experience — but it’s not unheard of to get an infection, or for an unidentified fleshy bump to pop up right near your brand-new piercing hole. While the former warrants a visit to the doctor, that bump isn’t generally something you should panic about: It’s most likely just a harmless keloid.

So, what exactly is a keloid? Dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, explains that it’s an area of irregular fibrous tissue that usually forms at the site of a scar or injury, which includes piercings. Not sure you have one? While your physician or dermatologist can tell you definitively what the bump is, if it looks like an angry pimple on the surface of the skin with scar-tissue texture, then congrats, you’ve got a keloid! But your cute new nose or lobe piercing doesn’t have to be plagued by the bump forever. With the help of a medical professional, you can have it safely removed.

Remember: This is not a pimple, so please don’t pop it like one. Since it’s not actually acne, there’s nothing to squeeze out of the bump. In fact, doing so could potentially cause …read more

Source:: Refinery29


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