Seborrheic Keratosis

What is seborrheic keratosis?

Seborrheic keratosis is a quite common skin growth that can look like a wart, pre-cancerous skin growth (actinic keratosis) or skin cancer – which can obviously cause worry. However, worry not, because, even though they may not look particularly appealing, they are harmless at the core and generally cause no pain or discomfort. They’re just “there” …

Most people that experience seborrheic keratosis develop these growths when they are middle aged or older. Because they begin at a later age (typically they can start to appear as we reach our mid-30s on into our 40s) and can have a wart-like appearance, seborrheic keratoses are often called the “barnacles of aging.”

Seborrheic keratosis spots can be flat or raised on your skin with a color that is your normal tone or darker (most are tan or brown). Flat Seborrheic keratosis’ have a velvety or shiny texture. Over time, they may get bigger and become more abundant. They may also become thicker and raised with a waxy or rough texture. You can find these harmless growths anywhere on the skin, except on your palms and the soles of your feet. More often than not, you’ll see them start to appear on your:

  • Face
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Head
  • Neck

How is it treated?

SKs are often treated with liquid nitrogen (gentle “freezing”), a variety of laser devices, and sometimes topical therapies.

If you’ve noticed raised spots on your face or neck are concerning you, the first thing you should do is schedule a visit with us at Dermatology and Skin Health (at either our Dover, New Hampshire, or Peabody, Massachusetts locations) to see if what you’re seeing/experiencing is indeed seborrheic keratosis. If it is, and you’re looking to treat them, ESKATA is the best way to rid yourself of those pesky “barnacles.”*

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