Seborrheic Keratosis | Treatment Options

Seborrheic keratosis (SK) is a type which closely resembles actinic, only this time, it has waxy or greasy characteristics. This is sometimes related with aging. But this is not always the condition. One of its factors could be heredity.   It is a benign growth originating from keratinocytes. You don’t have to worry much about it since it is not that risky. Its only derivative is its ugly appearance. Also called as senile warts, this type of keratosis has nothing to do with viruses causing warts.

SK usually appears on the face, neck, arms and legs. If these grow on areas which are easily seen, then you may feel ashamed of it.

You can just disregard it since it does not do you any harm. What you should avoid is picking, scratching or abrading it. Doing so may instigate infection. Irritation can occur if you use harsh detergents or soap for your skin so go for the gentler ones.

If you want to get rid of SK you can always ask your doctor on what type of treatment would suit you best. It’s up to you if you want to have them gone.


•    Laser treatments are also effective in seborrheic keratosis removal.   It only obliterates the damaged cells and has no effect on healthy cells.

•    Electrocautery is mostly effective if combined with curettage. Electric charges burn off involved areas.

•    Using a curette in removing seborrheic keratosis is known as curettage. However, SK can grow back if curettage is administered alone, so electrocautery is recommended to go along with it.

•    Extremely low temperature is utilized in cryotherapy to freeze off the affected areas.

After these procedures, you have to take care of your skin.

Seborrheic KeratosisSeborrheic Keratosis Further Reading:

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Seborrheic Keratosis Website ReadingWebsites:

Actinic Keratosis – Keratosis Treatment – Ag3derm

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