– Can affect anyone, but they are more common in people with dark skin (especially those of African, Hispanic or Chinese descent)
– Are more common after skin injury on the upper chest, breastbone (sternum), shoulders, chin, neck, lower legs and earlobes (especially after ear piercing)
– Are most likely to form following burns, acne scars and wounds that become infected or are under tension whilst healing
– May develop from surgical scars
– Are more likely to affect people who have previously had a keloid if their skin is damaged again.
Surgically removing/ excising or “cutting out” a keloid is not always successful as the keloid can regrow. If it is excised, the risk of regrowth may be reduced by compression dressings or steroid injections following the procedure