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Dark Pigmented Scars

When a wound heals and a scar forms, this may take on a number of characteristics. You may find that the resulting scar may be lighter than the skin that surrounds it (this is called hypopigmentation), or the scar may be darker than the skin that surrounds it (this is known as hyperpigmentation). When a scar forms that is excessively dark, this is described as being hyper-pigmented.

Different wound types are more susceptible to creating darker patches of skin, such as acne, when the change in skin colour is secondary to the damage and inflammation in the affected area. This type of discolouration on the skin is known as ‘post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation’ and occurs when inflammation triggers an onset of the production of melanin – the pigment that is produced naturally by the skin. This colour will remain in the area post healing and create darker areas of skin that people may find can draw attention to their scar. This can cause a person to feel sensitive about how the scar looks aesthetically, particularly when it’s in a prominent place and very visible.

In the case that the scar is darkened red or purple as opposed to brown, and if accompanied by a raised texture or tightening of the skin, it may be that this is a keloid or hypertrophic scar. Some people find that a hypertrophic scar will settle in time, whereas a keloid scar may continue to grow. These types of scars may need to be treated in a different way to hyperpigmented scars.

If you have a scar that has taken on a darker appearance, then speak with our expert team at Reshape & Restore. We have a team of specialists who can ascertain the cause of your dark, pigmented scar and can advise you on the best course of treatment to help reduce discoloration.

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