Keloids | Causes & Risk Factors


Who is more likely to develop a keloid?

You are more likely to develop a keloid if:

  • You are black, Latino or Asian
  • You are younger than 30 years of age
  • You are pregnant
  • You are a teenager going through puberty
  • You have a history of keloids in your family

People who have darker skin are 15% to 20% more likely to develop keloids. Certain areas of the body are more likely to scar than others. Keloids usually develop on the chest, shoulders, earlobes and cheeks.


Management of Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars by Gregory Juckett, MD, MPH, and Holly Hartman-Adams, MD (American Family Physician August 01, 2009,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09