When skin is injured, fibrous tissue, called scar tissue, forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury. In some cases, scar tissue grows excessively, forming smooth, hard growths called keloids. Keloids can be much larger than the original wound. They’re most commonly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes, and cheeks. However, keloids can affect any part of the body.
Although keloids aren’t harmful to your health, they may create cosmetic concerns.
What Symptoms Are Associated with Keloids?
Keloids occur from the overgrowth of scar tissue. Symptoms occur at a site of previous skin injury.
The symptoms of keloids can include:
- A localized area that is flesh-colored, pink, or red in color
- A lumpy or ridged area of skin that’s usually raised
- An area that continues to grow larger with scar tissue over time
- An itchy patch of skin