Seborrheic Keratoses are very common, benign (not cancerous) skin growth seen in adults and result from an overgrowth of the top layer of the skin.
Signs and Symptoms of Seborrheic Keratoses
Seborrheic Keratoses usually look like a waxy or warty-growth. They tend to vary in color, from light tan, to brown, to black. They can occur anywhere on the body, but typically appear on the face, chest, and back. They are usually painless, but often become itchy.
Causes of Seborrheic Keratoses
The cause of Seborrheic Keratoses remains unknown. There is likely a genetic factor, since these lesions tend to run in families.
Self-Care for Seborrheic Keratoses
Seborrheic Keratoses are harmless lesions, but they often become itchy or irritated especially from clothing. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams may help relieve symptoms such as itching and redness. In addition, certain lotions with alpha hydroxyl acids (such as, Amlactin® lotion) may be help make these lesions feel smoother with regular use but will not remove them.
Treatment for Seborrheic Keratoses
No treatment is required. But, Seborrheic Keratoses can be removed if bothersome or for cosmetic purposes. Removal can be achieved with freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), scraping (curettage), burning (electrocautery), or a high-concentration hydrogen peroxide topical solution (EskataTM). If the growth appears unusual, the dermatologist may recommend a skin biopsy.
If you are interested in learning more about treatment options for your Seborrheic Keratoses, please call Heller Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery to schedule your appointment!