A keloid is a type of scar that is composed of collagen, resulting in the overgrowth of skin and excess collagen. Keloids vary in color from pink to dark brown, and they tend to appear shiny and feel rubbery.
Keloids are typically harmless but can cause mild discomfort, such as pain and itchiness. If located near a joint, a keloid might affect movement.
A keloid can be caused by any form of skin damage or trauma, even minor skin traumas, such as the following:
- Body piercings
- Bug bites
- Severe acne
Keloids can also form after laser tattoo removal due to improper use of medical lasers or the skin’s natural reaction to trauma, but it’s an unlikely side effect. Most people know if they’re susceptible to this kind of scarring and understand the risk. Researching a proper licensed medical technician will reduce the risk of developing keloids.