The best approach if you are a keloid former is to avoid any form of injury that may lead to having keloid in the first place.  Keloids can grow in any place where an abrasion has occurred most commonly in the arms, earlobes, back, shoulders, chest and over the collar bone. They can be the result of pimples, insect bites, scratching, burns, or other form of skin trauma. Keloid scars can also develop after surgery or even body piercings.

 

Keloid is an overgrown scar that can spread outside the original area of skin damage. Collagen gathers around the damage and builds up to help the wound seal over. The resulting scar usually fades over time, becoming smoother and less noticeable. However, some scars don’t stop growing. They ‘invade’ the surrounding healthy skin and become bigger than the original wound. These are known as keloid scars. Keloid scars are shiny and hairless, with lump many times larger than that of the original scar, and can feel hard and rubbery.  Although they usually occur at the site of an injury or abrasion, keloids can also arise spontaneously. They can occur from something as simple as a pimple or a scratch. They can occur as a result of severe acne or chicken pox scarring, infection at a wound site, repeated trauma to an area, excessive skin tension during wound closure or a foreign body in a wound. Experts don’t fully understand why keloid scarring happens, but these scars not contagious and there is no risk of them turning into cancer.  Some people are just upset because of how the scar looks, though sometimes keloid tends to be itchy too.

 

Keloid Injection (or Intralesional Steroids) is the first line of treatment for this type of scar. These are safe and not very painful. Injections are usually given once per month until the maximum benefit is obtained. For more information about this procedure, set an appointment with our dermatologist at 0917.898SKIN (7546)