Shelagh Fogarty 1pm - 4pm
Why Do Scars Not Tan?
3 July 2018, 16:08
Mystery Hour Question
Question: I’ve noticed none of the scars on my arms are tanned. Why? Isn’t scar tissue just skin?
Name: John, Epsom
Name: Terry, Cranbrook
Qualification: Paramedic for 15 years and also had his knee replaced a few weeks ago.
Also, his scar on his leg is purple.
This will go white eventually, he says.
Answer: Scars are fibrous tissue and they can’t produce melanin and because they can’t produce melanin, they can’t tan.