A type of keratosis which have a pasted on and oily appearance is called seborrheic keratosis. This commonly appears when someone is old, and they also look like warts. But you really don’t have to be old to have seborrheic keratosis. One of its factors could be heredity. Keratinocytes are the origin of these growths. Since it is noncancerous, it is nothing to be too concerned about. The only thing about this condition is that it can cause someone to feel unattractive. Also called as senile warts, this type of keratosis has nothing to do with viruses causing warts.
It persists on sun exposed parts of the skin such as the neck, arms and legs so it is perceived that the sun could be a factor on having seborrheic keratosis. It has this pasted on appearance, and can become a cause of losing self confidence especially if it grows on parts of the face.
Since this skin condition rarely aches or causes discomfort, you really don’t have to get rid of it. Picking, scratching or scraping it off yourself should be avoided. An infection can occur if you do so. It is also good if you wash with mild soaps and detergents to prevent irritation.
Getting rid of this requires a doctor’s guidance. There are many choices and it’s up to you to choose.
• Seborrheic keratosis can be efficiently removed with laser treatments. It only obliterates the damaged cells and has no effect on healthy cells.
• Electrocautery is also employed to seborrheic keratosis. Electric charges burn off affected areas.
• Using a curette in removing seborrheic keratosis is known as curettage. However, seborrheic keratosis can grow back if curettage is administered alone, so electrocautery is recommended to go along with it.
• Liquid nitrogen is used in a process called cryotherapy.
You have to take extra good care of your skin if you don’t want these skin problems to hinder you.