What Exactly Is A Keloid Scar?

keloid scar on shoulder area

When you notice a scar that seems to be growing in size rather than healing, you just might be dealing with what is known as a keloid scar.

A keloid is often referred to as the type of scar that just does not know when to stop. Most of the time appearing as a raised scar above the skin, the keloid will usually present with a smooth top along with either a purple or pink color. Many of the keloids that you will see will be shaped irregularly and can get enlarged at a rapid rate. Unlike traditional scars, you will not see a keloid breaking down and subsiding over time.

Through the natural healing process of the skin, once it has become damaged it will start to form a scar that is usually flat. There can be some scars that will be thickened, also known as hypertrophic, yet they will still remain confined to the area of the wound. These scars will start to subside over time and with treatments (such as Skinderma Pro) you may even be able to speed the process until the scarring is barely noticeable.

keloidal scarring on hand

A keloid can sometimes appear quite a bit of time after the injury to the skin takes place. In many instances this scar will start to extend far beyond the site of the original wound. Some keloids will become apparent after an injury or surgery, with some of them even appearing after inflammation due to pimples. This can even happen from intentional 'injuries' such as ear or other body piercings that can lead to an unsightly keloid scar on the skin.

While the keloid might be something that is not cosmetically pleasing, they are not dangerous. However, many people who have had a keloid appear will often complain that these outward scars can be a bit tender, itchy or even a bit painful at times to the touch. When you find that you have a keloid developing, there are certain treatments that may be able to lessen the discomfort associated with them.

Although it may not seem like something that you will want to go to the extent of, you can get help from a dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon to help you have a keloid removed if it is really bothering you. Or if it has simply become too difficult to deal with on a cosmetic level. Typically the end result will be a much softer appearance than where the keloid used to be. Just be aware this is more likely to be an improvement rather than an a complete fix.