A keloid scar is a thick, raised scar that develops on the surface of the skin. They develop over time after the skin has healed and the body has repaired a damaged or injured area of the skin. Unlike a normal scar, keloid scars grow further than just the injured area, and depending on their size and location can make certain movements difficult.
Anyone can develop a keloid scar, but people with dark skin, as well as people with red hair, are more likely to be affected by it. Although keloid scars aren’t harmful to physical health, their appearance can cause emotional distress. While keloids cannot be prevented, there are several effective treatments available that can help to reduce the appearance of them.