Seborrheic keratosis is one of the most common noncancerous skin growths found in older adults. It most commonly appears as a brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. Although they are not cancerous, they can look like skin cancer.
People over the age of 50 are most likely to develop seborrheic keratosis, although its exact cause is not yet known. People with a family history of this condition also are more likely to develop it.
Seborrheic keratosis can occur as a single growth, or it may appear in a small cluster. It will be flat or slightly elevated and have a scaly surface, and it may itch. The color can vary from light tan to brown or even black, and it is round or oval shaped.
Treating seborrheic keratosis is not necessary unless the growths become irritated, begin to bleed or if they are in a place that makes you self-conscious about your appearance. The doctors at U.S. Dermatology Partners have several treatment options, including:
At this time, there is no sure prevention or cure for it, but with help from a dermatologist, you can reduce the symptoms — and the effect this condition has on your life.
*Results may vary by individual