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Seborrheic Keratosis Remedies

Last Modified on May 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".


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Apple Cider Vinegar   5  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.


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.

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

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'.

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

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!
Replied by Noelani
Utah, US

Did you use regular apple cider vinegar, or the raw kind? Thanks! I started getting the nasty things about when I turned 40. Now, 20 years later, my back is about half covered with them. Not only are they ugly, but they itch!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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:

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

[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?


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