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Keloid scars


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The main symptom of a keloid scar is a raised, hard, smooth scar that usually grows to be bigger than the original wound.

Treatments such as steroid injections and creams, or silicone dressings and gels, can help improve how a keloid scar looks and reduce irritation.

A keloid scar is when a scar keeps growing and becomes bigger than the original wound. It can happen if you have too much collagen in your skin.

You cannot prevent keloid scars, but not getting tattoos and piercings can help reduce the chances of getting them.

A keloid scar is a raised scar left on the skin after a wound has healed. You cannot get rid of it, but treatment can help improve how it looks.

Page last reviewed: 07/02/2023
Next review due: 07/02/2026