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A scar is actually part of the skin’s healing process, following disruption following an injury, surgery, or acne. It occurs when fibrous tissue replaces normal skin as a result of the biological process of wound repair in the skin.
There are a number of types of scars. Among the most common are:
These scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. A keloid is a scar that grows bigger and wider than the original injury. Keloids most commonly grow on the breastbone, shoulder, upper chest and back, earlobes, and face. Keloids look like firm, raised, hard scars. They grow larger over time. Their colors vary from slightly pink to very dark.
These scars are depressed, serrated or flat against the outer layer of the skin.
This form of scarring occurs as a result of a burn. Scar contractures tighten the affected skin and can affect movement and flexibility.
Stretch marks may appear red or purple in color, but over time they lighten, and look lighter or silver in color. The occur as the result of the skin being stretched quickly, such as during pregnancy, extreme weight gain, or during growth spurts.
Severe acne can leave scars of various types and depth.
These are actually pores that form when acne infections reach the skin surface and destruct skin tissue in the process. These usually occur on the areas where acne most commonly breaks out, such as the cheek area.
Boxcar scars are wider than the ice pick scars and occur after a severe acne breakout and inflammation, which destructs the collagen in the skin. The damage done to the skin tissue causes the pitted appearance of boxcar scarring.
Scars cannot be completely removed. However, thanks to breakthroughs in technology, in most cases their appearance can be dramatically minimized. Depending on the type of scar you have, one or more of the following treatments may be used: