A keloid is an enlarged scar that is usually hard and projects above the skin surface. There is no known cause and will never become malignant.


Symptoms of keloids include:

  • Pink, red, or purple scar
  • Appear slowly

The scars may feel itchy or sore while growing, but symptoms stop when keloid stops developing.

woman's shoulder with scars.


Keloids can occur in anyone, but dark-skinned individuals form keloids more easily than people who are fair-skinned. Keloids may develop on any part of the body; the most common areas are the upper trunk, around the shoulders, and upper arms.

Treatment options include:

  • Intralesional corticosteroids
  • Excision (surgical removal)
  • Silicone gel sheeting
  • Cryosurgery (combined with other modalities)
  • Laser

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keloids spread across woman's shoulder
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