Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis (seb-o-REE-ik care-uh-TOE-sis) is a common skin growth. Because it can look like a wart, pre-cancerous skin growth (actinic keratosis), or skin cancer, it may seem worrisome. However, despite their appearance, seborrheic keratoses are harmless.

For most people, seborrheic keratoses appear when they are middle aged or older, and are often called the “barnacles of aging,” due to their wart-like appearance.  

It is possible to have just one of these growths, but most people develop several. Some growths may have a warty surface while others look like dabs of warm, brown candle wax on the skin.

Seborrheic keratoses can range in color from white to black. However, most of them are tan or brown.

You can find these harmless growths anywhere on the skin, except the palms and soles. Most often, you’ll see them on the chest, back, head, or neck.

They are generally asymptomatic and removal is for cosmetic reasons. However, they can become inflamed and symptomatic. When that is the case insurance will cover removal

The back of a patient with Seborrheic Keratosis