Symptoms of Keloids
Keloids grow in thick, irregular clusters around wounds or areas where the skin has been pierced, cut, burnt or irritated. They can appear after a vaccination, after severe acne or when a hair follicle in the beard becomes inflamed. They usually extend far beyond the original wound.
Chances are you have a keloid if your scar:
- Began as a pink, red or purple scar
- Looks redder or darker than the skin around it
- Feels raised, thick and rounded
- Is irregular in shape
- Looks shiny and ropy
- Feels different from surrounding skin (rubbery or soft)
While they are growing, keloids often produce:
- An abnormal sensation
Large keloids on the neck or shoulders can interfere with movement.
Keloids can also cause psychological symptoms, including:
- Low self-esteem
- Social isolation