Try one of the following methods at a time:
• HIGHLY SUGGESTED! If your piercing is on your helix (ear cartilage) or other area where a disc might sit flush against the scar tissue, check out the No-Pull Piercing Disc.
• NEW! Some piercees have had excellent results with bump/scar reduction using Briotech. It is certainly worth a try.
• A simple and inexpensive form of compression therapy (continuous mechanical pressure on a scar to flatten it) using Micropore breathable paper tape. It comes in “flesh tone,” which will not be visible on certain shades of skin. I personally found this to be effective in diminishing a hypertrophic scar that had formed on the back of one of my ear cartilage piercings. This is best used on healed piercings.
– Use scissors to cut a piece of paper tape that will fully cover the entire bump plus a millimeter or so of unaffected tissue. Use a clean hole punch to create a tiny dressing for the smallest of bumps.
– Cut a slit to the center of the bandage so you can place it around your ring or bar; you should be able to completely seal the piercing without covering the jewelry, as a Band-Aid would.
– Wear the tape continuously and change it when necessary. It can be left on during normal bathing.
– Discontinue if you do not see improvement in two to three months.
• Frequent mild saline soaks plus topical application of alcohol, 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, or Campho-Phenique twice daily for two to three weeks. If you don’t see any improvement, try one of the other options. (The phenol in Campho-Phenique is a caustic substance that destroys tissue, so use it carefully.)
• Daily massage with a nonirritating oil or lotion to soften the tissue can be added to the following methods:
– Topical treatment with an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream according to the package instructions.
– Topical application of a chamomile tea bag compress for fifteen minutes, three times a day, for two weeks.