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Seborrheic Keratosis

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Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic Keratosis

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.

Although they are not cancerous, they can resemble some forms of skin cancer.

What can I do about my seborrheic keratosis?

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:

  • Round or oval-shaped
  • Flat or elevated
  • Scaly surface
  • Light tan, brown to black coloration
  • Potential itchiness

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).

Should I get them removed?

Seek medical advice if you:

  • Develop numerous growths over a short period
  • Bleed when your clothing rubs against the growths
  • Notice significant changes to the skin, like sores or growths that grow quickly, bleed and do not heal

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:

  • Freezing
  • Surgery
  • Laser treatment

Dermatology of Athens

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.

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Have questions or concerns? Please call us at 706.353.8220

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