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Keloids are a type of exaggerated scar that forms when scar tissue grows out of control. Unlike regular scars, keloids keep growing well after injury and do not regress over time. Keloids are smooth on top and range in color from pink and red to purple. Keloids can affect any part of the body. They do not pose a hazard to one’s health, although many people find them itchy or uncomfortable, and aesthetically unappealing.

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1. A raised area of skin

Keloids are raised, and they often grow in claw-like masses across the skin, varying in color. Keloids are skin-colored, pink, red, purple, or brown. They form smooth, hard growths that can occasionally compromise movement based on their size and location on the body. Over 65 percent of keloids are found on the shoulder, chest, stomach, and earlobes Keloids occur 15 times more frequently with darker-skinned people—of African, Asian, and Latino descent—than with Caucasian people of European descent. Also, about 80 percent of all people affected by keloids are under the age of 30.

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