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Scars and Skincare


A scar is a patch of skin that develops over an injury as part of our skin’s natural healing process. When a wound occurs, fibrous tissue replaces the normal tissue in the skin and thus it appears as a scar. There are many types of scars, each determined by the depth of the wound and tissue response towards the inflammation of skin.




What are raised scars?

Caused by the new tissue formation with an overgrowth of collagen.


  • Hypertrophic scars - tend to become thick, raised, red appear swollen and take longer time to heal.


  • Keloid scars - tend to develop more prominently in the upper chest, neck and facial region. Individual with darker pigment tends to be at higher risk for developing keloids.

What are depressed scars?

Depressed scars - resulting from loss of tissues or collagen:


  • Ice pick scars - they are narrow, sharp, small scars with a jagged edge and steep sides; it makes the skin appear as it has been punctured with an ice pick. They may look like large open pores on face, often found on the cheeks.


  • Rolling scars - a wave-lie appearance on the skin surface due to their wide and shallow depth.


  • Boxcar scars (or fibrotic scars) - they are round to oval depressions that have sharp vertical edges, usually on the temples or cheeks, it is similar to chickenpox scars.