What is a Keloid?
Keloid scars are scars that grow beyond the confines of the initial scar. Often, a keloid scar will be raised, shiny, purple or dark red, and may be painful, itch or burn. These abnormal scars may grow rather large and be cosmetically disfiguring or restrict normal movement as well as cause uncomfortable itching or pain to the affected skin.
Why do Keloid Scars Form?
We do not know exactly why keloid scars form on some people and not on others. We do know that patients with darker skin types tend to be more likely to develop keloids. We also know that keloid scars are most common on ears, chest, and shoulders but can occur on any part of the body. Keloids can form for many reasons such as a pimple or ingrown hair, surgical incision, injury, or even from a bump that does not even break the skin.