At first, fresh hypertrophic scars can be itchy and painful, but the symptoms subside as the skin heals.
Keloids are sometimes confused with another more common type of scar called hypertrophic scars. These are flat scars that can range from pink to brown in color. Unlike keloids, hypertrophic scars are smaller, and they can go away on their own over time.
Hypertrophic scars occur equally among genders and ethnicities, and they’re commonly caused by various forms of physical or chemical injuries, such as piercings or harsh fragrances.