Seborrheic Keratosis

Overview

Seborrheic keratoses are skin growths that appear in adulthood. They can be waxy-looking and covered with a dark crust. Although they may be large and grow quickly, they are benign.

Symptoms

Seborrheic keratoses usually appear as slightly raised, light brown spots and evolve into darker, thicker lesions with rough, warty surfaces. If the growths become unsightly, itch, or become irritated from rubbing against clothing, they can be removed.

Treatments

Prevention

Seborrheic keratoses tend to run in families, and there are no known ways to prevent them. They are not caused by sun damage, so they may be found on areas both covered and uncovered by clothing. Because of their appearance, seborrheic keratoses can be confused with other skin growths, such as warts, moles, pre-cancer actinic keratoses (AK), or melanoma. See your doctor if you have concerns about the growths.

Treatment

Seborrheic keratoses are harmless.  If treatment is desired, they can be removed.  Removal methods include cryosurgery, shave biopsy, laser surgery, and curettage and desiccation (C&D).