Why do we get scars?

There are a few reasons you can end up with a scar:

  • Your skin was hurt.
  • Your skin heals too fast.
  • Your skin was hurt in a place where the skin moves a lot, like your knee or your ankle.
  • Your mom and/or dad always got scars after injuries. Your mom and dad may have passed down this way of healing when you were born.

If you have a scar that makes you unhappy, tell your parents. A skin doctor (dermatologist) can talk about making scars less noticeable. Keep in mind, though, that scars cannot be completely erased. No treatment will return your skin to the way it looked before an injury. A dermatologist can answer your questions about scars.

Next: Preventing scars.