Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)
These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).
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There are thousands of different skin complaints, therefore, the focus of the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs production is on the most common, rarest or debilitating skin conditions.
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As a wound heals, scar tissue forms. Initially, the colour and texture may differ from the surrounding skin but this usually flattens and fades with time. It is not uncommon for a scar to become slightly thick and raised. This is called a hypertrophic scar. However, a keloid (also called a keloid scar) is the name given to a scar that overgrows and becomes larger than the original wound. Unlike hypertrophic scars, keloids:
Can develop after very minor skin damage, such as an acne spot, or sometimes without any obvious trauma to the skin (spontaneous keloids);
Spread beyond the original area of skin damage;
May be permanent.