Considered one of the most common noncancerous skin growths, seborrheic keratosis appears as a brown, black or light tan growth on the back, chest, face or shoulders. They often have a scaly or waxy elevated appearance.
Unfortunately, the cause of seborrheic keratoses is not known; however, they are common and increase in number as you age. Some research shows that inheritance may play a role in the likelihood of developing these growths.
Individuals over 50 are more likely to develop them.
Characteristics of seborrheic keratoses include:
Thankfully, most keratoses are not painful. However, you may find they can be bothersome depending on their location; we advise not to pick at them as this can lead to bleeding or infection (in rare cases).
Seek medical advice if you:
You may choose to have your seborrheic keratosis removed if it becomes irritated or is a burden to daily life. Depending on the size, location and amount of keratoses you have, your doctor will determine what treatment option is best for you.
These options can include:
If you find that your seborrheic keratosis is causing issues, we can help. We’ll examine your skin and offer a solution built around your unique needs. Our team is trained on identifying and treating the signs of keratoses, and we’re confident we can provide the relief you’re looking for.