Seborrheic keratosis are benign overgrowths that appear as small, rough bumps on the body, typically on the face, chest, shoulders or back. They usually look like a waxy or wart-like growth. Additional characteristics of seborrheic keratosis include:
- Ranges in color from light tan to black
- “Pasted on” appearance
- Flat or slightly elevated with a scaly surface
- Round or oval shape
- May itch
Seborrheic keratoses are normally painless and harmless, requiring no treatment; however, if one or more of your seborrheic keratoses becomes inflamed, very itchy, or bleeds, it can be removed with liquid nitrogen, a scraping procedure, or a small surgical procedure. Some may want them removed for cosmetic purposes as well.
While they are rarely any cause for concern, you should see a dermatologist if you develop many of these growths at the same time; if they become irritated or bleed when clothing is rubbed against them; or if you notice strange changes in your skin, such as growths that develop rapidly, bleed, and don’t heal.
For more information on seborrheic keratoses, please contact our dermatology office in Palm Desert, California, at 760-773-6616 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Michael J. Messina. Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists looks forward to working with you!