Dark Barnacles of Maturing Skin

What Causes Seborrheic Keratoses?

Seborrheic keratoses are harmless, common skin growths that first appear during adult life. As time goes by, more growths appear. Some persons have a very large number of them. Seborrheic keratoses appear on both covered and uncovered parts of the body; they are not caused by sunlight. The tendency to develop seborrheic keratoses is inherited.

Seborrheic keratoses are harmless and never become malignant. They begin as slightly raised, light brown spots. Gradually they thicken and take on a rough, warty surface. They slowly darken and may turn black. These color changes are harmless. Seborrheic keratoses are superficial and look as if they were stuck on the skin. Persons who have had several seborrheic keratoses can usually recognize this type of benign growth.

Some very dark keratoses can look like changing moles and in some cases mimic melanomas-these certainly should be checked. If you are concerned or unsure about any growth, consult Dr. Ellerin at our Burlington, Massachusetts office.


Treating Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses can easily be removed in the Ellerin Dermatology Center office, conveniently located for patients in New England, Massachusetts, and the greater Boston area. The only reason for removing a seborrheic keratosis is your wish to get rid of it — if it’s unsightly, itches, or annoys you by rubbing against your clothes.