There are two main types of abnormal scars: Hypertrophic and Keloid scars. These scars are considered abnormal because unlike other scars they have the potential to expand. However, while Keloid scars have the ability to expand beyond the original boundary of the scar, Hypertrophic scars must stay within the boundary, but can expand outward typically resulting in a raised, red, bump.
While Hypertrophic scars do not generally produce pain, they are sometimes itchy and are almost always sensitive to touch. Hypertrophic scars are most commonly found on individuals with dark skin and typically develop as a result of trauma to the skin such as a surgery scar, piercings or severe burn. One of the best ways to treat Hypertrophic scars is to apply a best scar treatment gel such as Kelo-Cote, cream, or pad after the initial wound has healed. This is because the silicone barrier placed over the scar allows the Hypertrophic scar to draw moisture from the surrounding, unaffected areas of the skin. As a result, the scar typically diminishes in size and color.
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