What causes scars?

Posted on 18 Nov, 2011

Scars are formed when the skin is damaged, and they are the result of the body’s natural healing process, which is triggered in response to the damage.

Any kinds of break in the skin can result in scarring, whether accidental or deliberate. Cuts made during surgery can cause scarring just as cuts or scratches from falling over. Certain skin conditions can also result in scars forming, with acne and chicken pox providing common examples. These scars tend to be depressed in appearance and thus more difficult to conceal.

Scarring can often be slightly raised in appearance, with a more fibrous surface than that of the surrounding skin. Occasionally the scarring can be complicated by the formation of keloid scars. Keloid scars are those that continue develop, even once the damaged tissue has been repaired. They are usually raised and can grow beyond the original site of damage.

Scars do not usually pose any threat to health, but they can cause embarrassment, particularly if they are on the face. Luckily, scar removal treatment can be very effective at reducing the appearance of scars.