The Seborrheic Keratosis growth is a swelling that appears on the skin with a wart-like appearance. This growth is mostly painless. However, in some cases the growth could turn itchy and painful. The term Seborrheic Keratosis growth is drawn from two words: seborrheic and keratosis with the former word meaning greasy and the latter meaning a thickening of the skin. From the definition of the constituent words, it would appear that a Seborrheic Keratosis growth should be characterised by some greasiness of the lesions.
The keratoses may either appear singly or in clusters. In most cases, the Seborrheic Keratosis growth starts as light tanned lesions. The lesions may thereafter grow from the light tan into dark brown lesions which finally turn black. Even though the colour of the Seborrheic Keratosis growth may vary, the growths tend to have one striking characteristic: the keratoses almost always tend to have a stuck-on look. In other words, they tend to appear as if a piece of mud or candle wax has been dropped on top of the skin. This look is due to the fact that the keratoses normally grow on the epidermis or the outer part of the skin. The Seborrheic Keratosis growth can be quite unsightly when it appears on highly visible body parts.
The causes of this skin condition are not conclusively known. However, observers are almost unanimous that the condition tends to be more prevalent among people with higher levels of exposure to direct sunlight. This observation tends to imply that the Seborrheic Keratosis growth can be caused by exposure to sunlight. However, no conclusive findings have been found to this end. Contrary to common belief, there is absolutely no relationship between skin cancer and Seb K. The Seborrheic Keratosis growth may also be common among pregnant women. It can also be common among women on an oestrogen intake therapy; and this too contributes to the speculation that oestrogen may be a causative factor for the condition. This is also yet to be proven conclusively.
The keratosis growths are most commonly removed by having them shaved off. This means that the growth is scooped off summarily and discarded in a rather simple procedure. This removal method is hailed as simple, effective and cost effective. The procedure is done through the use of a flexible razor which is designed to cut just deep enough to remove the growth without cutting deeper into the skin.
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