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Seborrheic Keratosis Remedies

Last Modified on Sep 03, 2015


A seborrheic keratosis (also known as "Seborrheic verruca," "Senile keratosis," and "Senile wart" is a noncancerous benign skin growth that originates in keratinocytes. Like liver spots, seborrheic keratoses are seen more often as people age. In fact they are sometimes humorously referred to as the "barnacles of old age".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seborrheic_keratosis


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Apple Cider Vinegar   6  0   

Posted by Egan (Va) on 01/26/2015

[YEA]  Seborrheic Keratosis: I've been using ACV daily for about 3 weeks now - about 4 times a day. The acid dries up the bump and now it's starting to harden to where I can pick off the scab that's forming. I should be more patient and just keep applying ACV via a q-tip, rather than trying to peel it off.

Delighted this works, after trying lemon, coconut oil, yogurt, witch hazel and one expensive cream that I returned to Amazon.

Tips:

By using a q-tip swab, make sure the end is soaked with ACV then apply it just to the bump, otherwise, the skin that is not affected will dry out too. Add ratio of 1:1 water and be careful not to get near eyes. I would not use a band-aid unless you can isolate the ACV just to the affected area b/c the acid sensitizes other parts of your skin at the same time.

Replied by Mike
Chester, England
05/09/2015

Firstly: Grouping the word Keratosis under one definition is misleading. There are different types. Pilaris, Actinic, Serborrheic etc. Also there are skin conditions that only look like keratosis but are not, despite a doctors diagnosis to the contrary. ACV may indeed work for some people though I doubt that they have serborrheic keratosis which is only removable with some kind of surgery. How do I know? I'm covered in them. Not one or two but literally hundreds. No part of the body is sacrosanct. They started when I was only in my 20's. They are not caused by exposure to the sun, that is Actinic Keratosis. I have both. There are topical creams that can rid you of Actinic Keratosis. No such cream exists for Serborrheic keratosis though. Some itch and some do not but they have one thing in common they resist everything you throw at them. After 40 odd years of applying every substance known to man (some of them extreme) with no effect I`m going to state that surgery is the only way to get rid of the critters. The downside is that more will grow anyway.... if ACV works for you then feel blessed on two counts. One you got rid of the offending lump and two: You didn't have Serborheic keratosis anyway....
Replied by Alice
Usa
05/15/2015

When you say "you've tried everything" it would still be more informative to list "everything". Sometimes folks try all things traditional, and not natural or vice versa. Even if you've tried both you may not have tried everything! Would love to see a list and save myself a lot of time. thanks
Replied by Klynn
Us
06/16/2015

I have to agree with Mike. People typically do not have "one" Serborrheic keratosis, they have many. They cluster like little warts. Some colored, some not. Although things like coconut oils and lotions can smooth them out and make them a little less "warty", the only cure is surgery. I, like Mike, have them. My mother has them, etc. I have tried all the above and will add things like essential oils, etc. Nothing works to get rid of the buggers. Surgery is the only way. When you have clusters all over.. that is a lot of surgery, possible scaring, and pain.
Replied by Juniper
West Midlands England
06/17/2015

I have had these things since I was 40. I'm getting more and more of them as I age. I never sunbathe and have them in places the sun would never reach. Coincidentally my husband has them too which made me ask my doctor if they were contagious but he assured me they are not. My mum never had the, nor did my dad. I've tried oils, creams and ACV - the ACV worked best but didn't get rid of them.
Replied by Cathy
St. Louis
07/11/2015

[YEA]   The dermatologist sprays something one them to freeze them and they will be gone in a week or so. It kind of burns a little and then scabs but works. No need for surgery!!!!! I've had it done numerous times.
Replied by Charlotte
Oslo
08/04/2015

Sebaceous warts treatment...Could you be more specific about the spray your dermatologist uses? I'd really like to know what it's called. Just seem to be getting loads of them, appearing every couple of weeks now..
Replied by Patty
Oklahoma
08/26/2015

That cold liquid is nitrogen.

I have fought these keratosis and have gotten rid of all of them once my rubbing castor oil on them once a day. It took about 6 months and one day I just noticed they were all gone. Castor oil is very oily so if you try this wear an old tshirt or something you don't care about getting oil on. I have bought some wart remover and I'm going to see if that will work. I dislike the way they look but mine itch like crazy and I'm tired of having them.

Replied by Natalie
Hampshire
09/03/2015

Interesting to come across this discussion. I visited the dermatologist yesterday about a suspected BCC and she froze off a couple of seborreheic warts at the same time with liquid nitrogen. However, I have zillions of the little beasties which run in the family and which I find repulsive. I was wondering if anyone has tried the wart freezing products? They are really for virus caused warts and verucas but the description of how it works seems the same as the liquid nitrogen freezing.
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn
09/03/2015

HI U NATALIE, , , , , , , , , , , , , read this.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/10/vitamin-d-exposure-possible-natural-cure-for-skin-cancers.aspx

See, I keep telling you people to just read. I am a monkey see, monkey do person, and just repeat what I've read and experienced.

I can promise you that the egg plant and white vinegar treatment will dissolve most all strange growths on your skin. How and why it works is due to the compounds in the egg plant.

As the Lord told us ...... he will provide, and he does. You just have to tune in.

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Posted by Marinne (Uk) on 12/20/2014

[YEA]  I have to sing the praises of Apple Cider Vinegar. I had a keratosis on my face for years and it really bothered me. My GP told me it was what happens with age and to live with it. Then I discovered this website and tried the ACV treatment. I soaked a piece of cotton wool in neat ACV and taped it on my face overnight. I removed it in the morning. it started to go a bit blacker and chip off and then eventually after about 3 months of doing this daily it disappeared. I felt liberated from my barnacle. I wonder why GPs don't know about these things? When I told my GP, he said there aren't any studies on the use of ACV so he couldn't recommend it even if he knew about it. it annoys me pharmaceutical companies dictate healthcare and limit us. I'm so glad to have found this site!!

Replied by Jerry
Virginia
12/21/2014

There has been discussion about different types of apple cider vinegar for the condition. Is there a certain type. I have apple cider vinegar with 5% acid level. I bought it from the supermarket. Is that sufficient? I saw where someone used the term 'mother'.
Replied by Tracy
Ontario
08/16/2015

Hi Folks; I have the seborrheic keratoses type and I am an holistic nutritionist so I have a vested interest in getting to the bottom of this. Everyone is talking about topical removal but that doesn't stop more from coming so I'm thinking since it comes from within, and "anti-fungals" seem to remove them topically?? That perhaps a thorough candida cleanse might be the answer.

Any thoughts about this from other natural health practitioners? Thanks for reading.

Posted by Mark (Chicago) on 04/16/2014

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar got rid of my seborrheic keratosis. I took a cotton ball and dipped it in ACV then taped it to my arm for 2 hours about 5 times per week. Within 4 weeks it was half the size it used to be. Within 8 weeks it was completely gone. It's been over 3 months and it's still completely gone!

Replied by Linda
Oh
07/31/2014

This does work, however, it stings and itches a lot! Worth it though! I'm glad to read only 2 hours at a time, I was letting it set for 12 hours!

Posted by Melanie (Louisville, Ky) on 01/11/2013

[YEA]  Seborrheic Keratosis natural cure: I got rid of this pea sized scailey spot on my face by using a cotton swab dipped in apple cider vinegar and dabbing it on the spot for only a couple of minutes each time. I have done this only 3 times (3 nights in a row) and it's nearly gone! In the morning I use antibiotic cream to calm the redness and this ugly thing is going away. I had it frozen off several years ago but it came back. Try the apple cider vinegar, I promise you it will work. It stings only slightly but keep at it, it will scab over and shrink away in less than a week!

Replied by Juan
Tampa, Florida
03/16/2013

Melanie, I sure looking forward to trying the Apple Cider Vinegar. I had Seborrheic Keratosis for years, I never thought of removing them, until a 5 year girl told me I am ugly with those spots on my skin. So embarrassed!!
Replied by Mg
Sacramento, CA
09/07/2014

You people are great, love to have wonderful ones having great advice, hard working individual till I can't breath.

much thanks and great love.

Posted by Teri (Tacoma, Wa, Usa) on 08/04/2011

[YEA]  I have used Apple Cider Vinegar with great success. I simply apply it with a Q-tip twice a day and let it dry. Some peel off in two days, some take longer. It leaves pink skin behind that heals pretty quickly. Good luck

Replied by Noelani
Utah
09/12/2014

Wow, that's great! That's a really good way to apply it. I'm going to try it!
Replied by Kris
Tennessee, US
12/11/2014

I'm going to start this treatment this week for a small one my dermatologist just diagnosed near my hairline. If it works, I'll post because I have a larger and darker one at the corner of my outer eyebrow.

Posted by Erin (Tampa, Fl Usa) on 06/28/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I read on a message board that some other people had great success using ACV on their lesions. They used full strength ACV soaked into a cotton ball and held onto the lesions with bandaids, and said that their lesions fell off in two days. I tried it myself using ACV with the mother still in it. My lesions flattened out considerably, and both scabbed and partially fell off in three days, but the entire lesion didn't fall off on either site. A second treatment might finish the job. One thing to be aware of if you try this is that you have to be highly tolerant of the smell of vinegar, because it will not dissipate when it's held onto your skin in this way.

Replied by Jackie
Winnipeg, Mb, Canada
07/18/2012

Any thoughts on whether it needs to be Apple Cider Vinegar specifically or would any vinegar do the trick?
Replied by Andrea
Portland, Me
03/28/2013

This is an old post but just in case someone else is reading... I am assuming it needs to be unfiltered ACV with "the mother" and not just any regular vinegar. The mother contains all kinds of beneficial microbes.
Replied by Paramuschick
Paramus, Nj
08/20/2013

You mention that we shouldn't buy just normal apple cider vinegar but it needs to be the "mother". Not sure where to buy that. I have a seborrheic keratosis that all of a sudden appeared on my cheek and I hate it. I want to try this. Thanks in advance for your reply.
Replied by Steve
Dublin, Ireland
08/21/2013

Hi, I get mine in the local Health store, if you can't get it with the Mother just use the normal ACV as the acid in it will work, but AVC with the Mother is best. Good luck.
Replied by Duke
Pa
09/13/2013

The "mother" is something that naturally occurs in real apple cider vinegar. You do not have to look for it specifically.
Replied by 262lisal
Wi
10/15/2013

The Mother is the bacterial culture that allows the vinegar to form. It is also the source of the wonderful nutritional benefits and the fungus killing properties of ACV. Look for Apple Cider Vinegar at most grocery stores. The vinegar you use should be unpasteurized and unfiltered.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Essential Oils   1  0   

Posted by Angie (Northeast Georgia, Usa) on 08/14/2015

[YEA]  Had what I thought was a mole growing on my areola a couple of years ago, but then it started getting "crusty"...so I went to dermatologist and was told that it was a seborrheic keratosis, and not to worry about it......so I started researching. I wasn't going to have a third nipple, no sirree.

I made up my own concoction. It had apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, lavender oil, oregano oil, geranium oil, olive oil, and witch hazel, which just helps blend the oils with the vinegar (you still need to shake the bottle before using) *--special note--*if you are going to mix some up, just do your own research on diluting essential oils)--Since it was in that special area, I would just put some on a cotton ball, at the very least, twice a day, and sometimes up to four times a day, and my bra would keep it in place. I'd just leave it there, until the next application. I did that faithfully for three months (give or take a week), and it is gone, gone, gone...it has been gone for over a year, and hasn't showed any signs of coming back yet. I don't know if I was misdiagnosed or not, but I did a lot of research on the subject, and it certainly looked like one as well.

I hope this helps anyone who is looking for a natural way to get rid of these barnacles. You'll have to be patient and faithful, though...it's not an overnight cure.

If you have just one or just a few on your back, I would say use the cotton ball method with some skin tape, or put it on a band-aid--and do it at bedtime, so it soaks in throughout the night. I don't know that I have any super ideas for trying to get rid of big numbers of them at one time that is going to be cost-friendly, as the only thing that comes to mind is soaking a towel in the mixture and sleeping on it (with a plastic sheet to protect mattress).

P.S. It does get a little itchy (nothing you can't handle, though), but that's how you know it's working!

Bandaid Method   1  0   

Posted by Kelli (Alabama) on 01/24/2014

[YEA]  I'm a 43 yr old female and had a seborrheic keratosis on the left side of my face on my jaw for years. It seemed like it was starting to get larger (about 1/4" - 3/8") so I asked my doc about it. She said there were no home remedies and it would have to be cut off. I read online about the apple cider vinegar, tried it and didn't get any results. Then one day I was watching Dr. Oz and he talked about a home remedy for warts so I decided to try it. It worked! He said all ya had to do was to cover it with something so the air couldn't get to it, like tape or a bandaid. Every morning, I cut the pad off a bandaid and covered my SK with one of the sticky pieces and left it there all day until bedtime, then repeated the next day. I've been doing this for about 6 weeks now and it's practically gone! I noticed a difference after just a couple of days; it felt smooth rather than bumpy. I wish I'd taken pics! Forget all the concoctions; try a plain ol' bandaid! Good luck and I hope you have the same results as I did.

Replied by Florida Girl
Naples, Fl
06/01/2014

I also tried peroxide then apple cider vinegar and also tea tree oil. Nothing worked. I will try the Bandaid during the night as I have plenty of these little warts all over my face. I cannot go to work with my face covered with Bandaids.
Replied by Nurse Amy
N.haven, Ct
05/22/2015

Hi Florida Girl,

Were you able to successfully remove the warts from your face by using bandaids at night or another method? I have a few on my face and was wondering what I should try? Thanks!

Cause of Seborrheic Keratosis   0  0   

Posted by Susan (Amherst, Nh) on 06/28/2013

My dermatologist said that seborrheic keratosis is caused by sun damage suffered in earlier years. You don't have to burn to be subject to it, especially with multiple years of exposure. She said as earth's ozone layer becomes thinner (because of pollution), that the rate of pre- and non-cancerous growths has increased dramatically, and that it's best not to avoid the sun and outdoor activities all together, but to always wear hats, sunglasses, and full body covering when outside, even on overcast days. Ten minutes a day of sun exposure is all we need to meet Vitamin D requirements.

Replied by Tasha
Canada
06/28/2013

I disagree... I'm am as pale as the driven snow and stay out of the sun because I burn if I don't. And I have it. I did not sun bathe or sun bed ever.
Replied by Linda
Tempe, Az
08/01/2013

My dermatologist told me that my seborrheic keratosis is inherited (both my parents had it), and it does not turn into cancer. My dermatologist also said that I have no sun damage to my skin on either my face or body.
Replied by Susan
Boston, Ma
08/12/2013

My dermatologist told me these nasty things are inherited. My Dad had them. They are flat and scaly and I have them on my stomach (I don't have a 'bikini body' so the sun never touched this area! ). I'm going to try the ACV treatment. Thanks for this information.
Replied by Sue J
Western Australia
02/07/2014

Seborrheic Keratosis is more of an age thing due to an icrease in the body's production of keratin. Solar Keratosis is a result of sun damage.
Replied by Noelani
Utah, US
09/11/2014

They are definitely caused by aging and not by sun damage. I have them in places that I've never had uncovered in the sun. When I was young, I took care of a little old lady, who had quite a few on her back. I helped her with her bath every day, so I saw them. She was born in 1883. She was a Mormon, married in 1902 and had 12 babies. I can't imagine that she would have ever gone sunbathing with her back uncovered. I remember thinking "I sure hope I don't get those". Mine are as bad as hers were and I'm still 30 years younger than she was!
Replied by Katherine
Lehi, Utah
11/12/2014

I haven't tried ACV yet. I'm 27 and pregnant with my first and I started growing a couple of these little buggers on my breasts (obviously NOT from sun exposure). I worked at a Derm office and SK's are competely benign but annoying as heck! There can be several different reasons for their growth. Sun exposure, genetics, friction, age, etc. A lot of older women get them along their bra straps and under their breasts. They can be quite unsightly. I've had a hard time finding a good treatment for them. I know liquid nitrogen works great but I ain't spraying my breasts! That stuff hurts! I'm going to try to ACV and see if it helps. They aren't huge or thick, but their presence bothers me, and I plan on breast feeding. I was using frankincense oil but didn't see much improvement at all. I've been using it twice a day for over a month. *fingers crossed*
Replied by Kristin
Tennessee, US
12/11/2014

Catherine,

Will you please post updates with your success or lack of success. I just left derm dr with the same response...freezing... I wonder if the cider can work for ones on my face? Thank you!

Replied by Nan
Usa
01/07/2015

Dermotologists call these "solar" keratosis, but nearly all I have developed the last few years are around my bra line where no sun ever gets. So much for the sun damage theory. I have been using salicylic acid with some results. I dab it on with a cotton swab. The crusty part comes off, but the brown area remains. I will try the Apple Cider Vinegar next.
Replied by Kathy
Michigan, US
01/09/2015

To Katherine of Utah

I'm 64 now, but when I in my 20's I also had the Keratosis on my breasts (nipple areola) I was never really concerned about them. When I became pregnant and was advised to prepare for breast feeding my scrubbing my nipple area during my daily bath/shower with a wash cloth to "toughen" it up (do they still advise women to do this?). So I did, and at some point I realized the keratosis spots were breaking up and actually peeled off - no bleeding or scab. By the way, I never had trouble with soreness from breast feeding my baby.

So, I wonder then if there is something to the soap and balm promoted by this company:

http://www.syrinxza.com/treatment-warts/keratosis-warts/

Replied by Carol
New Mexico
05/26/2015

My Dad was absolutely covered in these things. I'm told that I got them from him. Mine are awful, mostly under my breasts. They itch to the point that they keep me awake at night. The dermatologist only offered anti-fungal cream, which is absorbed into my bra and does no good. I can't do the bandaid method with ACV because there are so many. Thanks to all of you for your advice. I will try anything!
Replied by Louise
Oregon
09/02/2015

I have the same thing. I use Wart Off using it at one section at a time. It burns it off and there is a little red mark but then it disappears. Just have to keep it up. Or go to your dermatologist for the big ones and demand they burn it off. You would think they would have a better solution, but they don't. We are usually the ones to take care of it ourselves. Good luck.
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn
09/02/2015

HI U MS LOUISE, ........ please allow me the privilege to using your post to tell all... ATS. I raise my own egg plant and use them to clean up my ole worn out arms of Keratosis as you describe . I missed one spot on the bottom of my arm and added the egg plant mixture to that one spot. I covered it with a sealed bandage and left it for a day and a half. I just took the bandage off and the raised spot was still there. I rubbed it and it came off with no resistance. Right down to the basic skin

It is unbelievable . I suggest folks forget ACV to address their skin cancers by going directly to the Egg Plant and vinegar mixture.

None of this is original with me. I bought the book several years ago and Dr Cham's ointment cured two of my skin cancers. I decided to Redneck my arms before they turn to cancer and it has worked for me.

Here is the protocol. Peel an egg plant and curn it up with a blender of some sort...... add white vinegar, refrigerate and stir 2X a day. On the 3rd day add this to your eruptions and cover with shrink wrap and an ole sock before bed. Do this several days until the stuff is nothing but mush, and can be rubbed off with your fingers.

Do not tell your dermatologist what you have done, least he take you before the State Medical Board for practicing medicine without a license.

I have been at this site for many years and love ACV , but crap, it is not in the running with egg plant as far as skin cancer is concerned. Sorry, that's just the way I am. Old and Ornery as most know.

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Dry Ice   0  0   

Posted by Joann (Okla) on 05/13/2015

Dry Ice for Seborrheic Keratosis:

If you have a handy spouse or friend you use dry ice and freeze the uglies off. Use a drill to drill plugs of dry ice and hold ice onto ugly for about 13 seconds. Hurts no worsen than having a doctor freeze them off. Hubs does this to me about once a year. Works good.

Replied by Gerald
Nevada
06/17/2015

Your remedy was encouraging! My question is: where do you get "drill to drill" plugs of dry ice?
Replied by Sibyl S
N. Fl
09/01/2015

There are drill bits that cut cylindrical plugs, called 'plug cutters'. Don't touch the dry ice with fingers - use pliars with insulated handles, or something to protect hands.

Wart Remover   0  1   

Posted by Ron (Redding, CA) on 10/01/2014

Seborrheic Keratosis can be removed easily with common drug store wart remover. The gel kind works best. Apply a coating of the wart remover to the keratosis, being careful to cover only the keratosis. Reapply every other day for three or four times. Then leave it alone for a week or two until the dried wart remover starts to come loose. Then just peel the remover and the keratosis off.

Replied by Mary
Boston Us
05/03/2015

[NAY]   I have tried this and the bumpy skin turns very white and separates so I peel it off but this does not kill the white seeds that start the whole process over again. Any suggestions?
Replied by Mike
Chester, England
05/09/2015

Firstly: Grouping the word Keratosis under one definition is misleading. There are different types. Pilaris, Actinic, Serborrheic etc. Also there are skin conditions that only look like keratosis but are not, despite a doctors diagnosis to the contrary. ACV may indeed work for some people though I doubt that they have serborrheic keratosis which is only removable with some kind of surgery. How do I know? I'm covered in them. Not one or two but literally hundreds. No part of the body is sacrosanct. They started when I was only in my 20's. They are not caused by exposure to the sun, that is Actinic Keratosis. I have both. There are topical creams that can rid you of Actinic Keratosis. No such cream exists for Serborrheic keratosis though. Some itch and some do not but they have one thing in common they resist everything you throw at them. After 40 odd years of applying every substance known to man (some of them extreme) with no effect I`m going to state that surgery is the only way to get rid of the critters. The downside is that more will grow anyway.... if ACV works for you then feel blessed on two counts. One you got rid of the offending lump and two: You didn't have Serborheic keratosis anyway....
Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
05/10/2015

Hello Mike;

Re your Seborrheic Keratosis...

You said you'd tried everything...but just wondering if you'd tried:

1. Baths of Epsom Salts

2. Turpentine poultices

3. Baths of Salts from the Dead Sea

Thanks for your expertise on this perplexing subject.

Replied by Carol
Decatur, Ga
07/16/2015

Hello, I get these on my back. So it is so difficult to try to treat myself. Any suggestions? I had one cauterized and another one frozen off, but it's embarrassing to keep going back to the dermatologist.