Treating Seborrheic Keratosis

Treating Seborrheic Keratosis | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Treating Seborrheic Keratosis

Most people have not heard of seborrheic keratosis (SK) unless they have been diagnosed with it. Spectrum Dermatology offers both cosmetic and medical skin care treatments, including the removal of SK. Although it is entirely harmless and benign, these scaly skin growths are often confused for suspicious moles.

Seborrheic keratosis can occur anywhere on the body and is usually skin-colored or just slightly darker than a person’s natural skin tone. It is rough to the touch and can be slightly raised. SK can appear at any age and can sometimes grow quickly in size, understandably alarming the patient. However, unlike dangerous moles, SK’s quick growth rate is nothing to worry about from a medical standpoint. Still, SK’s can be unsightly.

Removing SK’s and Other Brown Spots

For those who opt to remove SKs or other brown spots, there are a few approaches including the topical treatment Eskata. This prescription treatment includes hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient and is specifically designed to treat raised SKs. Eskata should not be used near the eyes or mucous membranes. Skin reactions can occur including erosion, scarring, ulcers, and vesiculation in rare instances.

The most common reactions to Eskata can include stinging, edema (skin swelling that is temporary), crusting, scaling, and pruritus. However, all of these common reactions are temporary. Re-treatment may be necessary depending on the patient and degree of SK. However, re-treatment can only be applied once any reactions have faded. Only a dermatologist can recommend, prescribe, and monitor usage of Esakta.

Another option for removing SK is via extraction. An excision (via scalpel) may be recommended, and in some cases “burning” the SK might be the best approach. This very minor surgery is similar to having a mole biopsied. However, scarring and/or discoloration may occur. These side effects can be treated if desired, often via laser or a topical treatment.

If you suspect you have SK, a dermatologist can quickly offer a diagnosis. Treatment options for SK vary, and scheduling a consultation with the board certified dermatologists at Spectrum Dermatology is the best way to assess if SK removal is right for you. Call (480) 948-8400 or book your appointment online today.