A keloid is usually larger than the original wound. A scar that stays inside the bounds of the original wound is a hypertrophic scar. This scar is a thick raised scar. It can occur wherever you have a skin injury but usually forms on earlobes, shoulders, cheeks or the chest.

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It may form within months to years of the inciting injury. Signs and symptoms might include:

  • Thick, irregular scarring, typically on the earlobes, shoulders, cheeks or middle chest
  • Shiny, hairless, lumpy, raised skin
  • Varied size, depending on the size of the original injury and when the keloid stops growing
  • Varied texture, from soft to firm and rubbery
  • Reddish, brown or purplish, depending on your skin color
  • Itchiness
  • Discomfort


Experts don’t completely understand what causes keloid scars. But most agree it’s likely a dysfunction of the wound-healing process. Collagen — a protein found throughout the body — is useful to wound healing, but when the body produces too much, keloids can form.

Its growth might be triggered by any sort of skin injury — an insect bite, acne, an injection, body piercing, burns, hair removal, and even minor scratches and bumps. Sometimes it form for no obvious reason.

It aren’t contagious or cancerous.

It is different from a hypertrophic scar. A hypertrophic scar stays within the bounds of the original wound and can fade over time without treatment. For more visit 



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