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The two main types of excessive scar tissue formation are known as hypertrophic and keloid scarring.
Keloid scarring tends to overgrow the boundary of the initial injury, and can be painful and/or itchy. Hypertrophic scarring tends to be contained within the boundary of the initial injury, and can get better with time. Common skin injuries that lead to these types of scarring are – surgical treatments, body piercings, lacerations, abrasions, tattooing, insect bites, burns and acne. Their appearance is of a raised, often red/purple coloured scar that can have a firm consistency.
Increased skin tension or wound tension can also predispose to hypertrophic and keloid scarring. Keloids also tend to develop more readily after puberty and are therefore more common in younger people due to the greater tension of their skin that predisposes them to increased scarring. Other risks for developing these scars include darker skin types, location of the scars and genetic predisposition.