Keratosis | Cosmetic Medical Clinic

SKIN CONCERN:

Seborrheic Keratosis

In its most basic form, keratosis is a form of skin growth, often confused with keratosis pilaris; seborrheic keratosis is completely different in appearance. While these do appear unusual like a burn, the growths themselves are not harmful.

SKIN CONCERN:

Seborrheic Keratosis

In its most basic form, keratosis is a form of skin growth, often confused with keratosis pilaris; seborrheic keratosis is completely different in appearance. While these do appear unusual like a burn, the growths themselves are not harmful.

What is Seborrheic Keratosis?

The lesions can appear in different ways, from singular to a group of growths. They can appear in a variety of areas, predominantly on the face however they can appear on areas such as on the back, thighs, calves, scalp and neck. Initially, the growths appear as small bumps or even with the appearance of sunspots. The texture of these growth varies, however, they initially appear as small bumps which gradually develop and thicken. They then take the form of something akin to a wart in appearance. Their shape is usually oval or round and is mainly brown in colour, although they can appear yellow, black or white.

In some cases, seborrheic keratosis can change shape and colour. A clinical examination is generally the most common way to identify seborrheic keratosis. As such, a biopsy is required to confirm the condition to determine the possibility of skin cancer. During these instances, it is imperative to have a doctor perform a biopsy on the affected area.

 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Keratosis is often difficult to distinguish from cancerous melanoma which affects more than 10,000 Australians each year.

What causes Seborrheic Keratosis?

Scientists have still not identified a specific cause for keratosis. However, there are various risk factors involved in their development. These growths are often attributed to extensive exposure to sunlight. Extensive exposure to UV light can potentially result in the formation of potential patches of rough or hardened clusters of skin.

Genetics can play a role in the formation of keratosis. Genetic mutation is a theory held by various scientists regarding the development of these grown.

Additionally, the likelihood of developing these growths increases with age.

Keratosis start off so small that they are recognised by touch before sight. If you are unsure with any lesions on your skin, please speak to our laser specialists and medical doctor at Cosmetic Medical Clinic.

 

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