Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis


Seborrheic keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis (seb-o-REE-ik ker-uh-TOE-sis) is regularly noncancerous skin growths in older adults.  It is usually appears as a brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. Seborrheic keratosis is not cancerous but they can look like skin cancer. This skin disease usually not painful and doesn’t require treatment unless you decide to have it removed.


The main cause of Seborrheic keratosis is not yet determined. Some causes are related to:

  • Some people seem to have it inherited.
  • The sun may have some role in developing  the disease.
  • It is not contagious.


A seborrheic keratosis more often shows like a waxy or wart-like growth. It usually appears on different part of the body like the face, chest, shoulders or back of the body. It can be small or large in sizes.


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American Academy of Dermatology/Association


Seborrheic keratosis requires treatment when:

  • You notice its growth over a short period of time.
  • When skin become irritated or there’s bleeding already.
  • When it is appear to be like skin cancer.

Some treatments that can be performed are

Electrosurgery and curettage: this process is numb the growth with an anesthetic and using an electric current to destroy the growth.


Do not try to remove Seborrheic keratosis by yourself.

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