What is Seborrheic Keratosis (SK)?
The American Academy of Dermatology says that SK can be confused with various other skin conditions, but typcially has a “pasted on the skin” look with a waxy or warty surface. SK is fairly common and is typically benign.
The term is pronounced seb-o-REE-ik care-uh-TOE-sis.
SK typically starts out in middle-age. While its cause is not quite clear, it seems to have some sort of a genetic component because it does appear to be common in certain families. Also, like with many other skin conditions, exposure to the sun may be a factor as well.
If you think may have SK, please make sure to consult your doctor to get a proper diagnosis of what skin condition you have. Many skin conditions such as moles, warts, actinic keratosis, and even cancer can often look similar to seborrheic keratosis to a lay person. The seriousness of the situation as well as the treatments can vary widely for these various diagnoses, and so it is very important to see a doctor about this.
Treating SK at home
As just mentioned, seeing a doctor for this condition is very important, especially for the diagnosis part. Doctors offer treatments such as freezing them off with liquid nitrogen, and surgeries of different kinds. However, many people prefer to try home remedies before resorting to such other options.
There appear to be many home remedies for SK, and different people have had different levels of success with these treatments. We have mentioned several alternatives below, and you can click on many of these to see additional details about each option. These include the procedure to be followed, the frequency of the treatment, and possible side effects.