Scars are the result of a complex and dynamic wound healing process that follows various stages. When a person first attains a scar, they may notice that it’s red or purple in color and painful to the touch. Over time, scars will begin to fade to white or skin color. Some scars, on the other hand, can become abnormally large and discolored due to excess collagen production. The source of the wound, its severity, and genetics all play a crucial role in determining the size and color of a scar. If you aren’t happy with the color of your scar, there are clinically-proven ways to reduce its discoloration.