Last Modified on Apr 16, 2016
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".
Remedies for Seborrheic Keratosis
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|Apple Cider Vinegar||11||2016-04-16|
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|Directions Needed for Eggplant Protocol Seborrheic Keratosis||0||2016-02-04|
[YEA] I had a very large (3cm) "verruca seborrehic keratosis" on the back of my scalp and where I am balding. It was dark brown and barnacle like with a cauliflower surface. It caused me no discomfort but family and friends were forever questioning me about this ugly lesion. Because of its size, my skin specialist would not "freeze" it with liquid nitrogen as he said it would require multiple treatments and likely leave me with a cauterised area that would cause more problems than it solved. His solution was excision with a skin graft. I was not too happy with this diagnosis so researched for home remedies such as this site. 3 products were consistently quoted as having success, being Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), Hydrogen Peroxide, and Salisylic Acid (over the counter wart remover). The common attribute of these products is "acid" which acts as a "keralytic" I.e it thins the skin on the lesion causing it to loosen and shed. My process was as follows:
- Daily application, for 4 days, of ACV (a soaked cotton wool pad for 10 minutes), then a paint on of Hyd Peroxide 6% solution, followed by the salisylic acid (wart remover)
- I waited about 15 minutes between the individual applications.
- I then left it alone until the dead skin started to lift naturally (about 5 days later) and got wifey to pick the whole scab clean with a pair of tweezers.
- At this point the ugly was as good as gone but I followed up with 3 more days of ACV and Hyd Peroxide 6% solution to kill off any underlying "root" structure. I did NOT reapply the wart remover as it is a very strong acid and I did not want to damage the good skin re growth.
- My final product was Aloe Vera to the treated area for its known skin repair properties.
Voila...bye bye ugly...gone... and if it wants to come back I will be ready and waiting.
I would stress that you should clearly identify what sort of keratosis you are dealing with as there are many, and some types may not take too kindly to being treated with acid (particularly salisylic acid).
Cheers and good luck.
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[YEA] Just adding my results here for anyone interested. I had a seborrheic keratosis on the side of my head. It first appeared out of nowhere about 1.5 years ago as what looked like a small flat discoloration (light brown). Over the course of 1.5 years it slowly grew in size, eventually became raised, and the color turned from light brown to dark brown. Like many seborrheic keratosis, it was also bumpy. I went to two dermatologists within a 1 year span to get opinions. The first one said not to bother with it unless it bothered me (at that time it didn't bother me, but as it grew to about 2cm in dia and became darker/raised, it did bother me). The 2nd dermatologist wanted to cut it off. Both said it would scar if cut off and I would not have hair regrowth in that area. It didn't seem to bother them, because they wouldn't be the ones walking around with a nickel sized bald spot on the side of their head. Neither suggested freezing it, or any other alternatives. Cutting/removing was the only way.
Frustrated, I came online to look for remedies. I tried tea tree oil, and that appeared to be working, but it was a VERY slow process. I read on this site about the Apple Cider Vinegar, so that morning I stopped at ShopRite and got a bottle of (their brand, $1.49) ACV. I dipped a q-tip in it and applied it when I could, but on average probably 3-5 times a day.
Literally, within 3 days the seborrheic keratosis had dried up into a scab-like form. By the end of the 3rd day it was partially peeling already. After 5 days, with my help, it came off completely. After, I did scrub it while in the shower to make sure it was all gone. What was left underneath was a reddish spot. At that time I stopped the ACV and switched to Neosporin twice daily. Today is the 8th day since I began with the ACV. The spot is healing nicely. It is still pink/reddish, but I imagine that will take a while to blend in. Will keep an eye on it, but I think I am cured. Very relieved as I will not be losing a chunk of my hair, and the unsightly growth is gone! Hopefully this helps someone else out there! No more anxiety of having to have a bald spot on the side of my head!
[YEA] Seborrheic Keratosis:
I had a spot about the size of a half dollar, raised 1/4 inch, on my temple under my hairline. I had a much smaller spot on the other side of my temple, but since it was under my hairline I didn't worry about this one. I have oily skin and play a lot of tennis and the spots occurred right where my cap fit an inch above eye level - coincidence? Maybe irritated the hat? I now try to play without a hat if possible.
After reading many posts on the subject I started using Apple Cider Vinegar on October 13, 2015 three times per day diluted 1:1 with no bandaid - I just blotted it. The progression went to the size of a quarter, then nickle, dime, and it disappeared completely on November 17. This is after a liquid nitrogen treatment a year ago did nothing. Great stuff and only cost $1.25! What a safe, easy, and inexpensive way for getting rid of it.
[YEA] I hope people find this helpful. I definitely have Seborrheic Keratosis (SK). My dermatologist freeze them when I go to her, but that gets to be expensive.
I have tried various other treatments including Compound W Freeze Away (with some success), Glycolic Acid (with little success) and H202 35% (little success, but I probably dilute it took much).
Thanks to this forum on Earth Clinic, I tried ACV to see if it has any effect on the SKs. Some have been stubborn but many have actually have gone away. The one's that are gone became irritated, developed small scabs, and eventually were gone.
I cut cotton pads to the size of the SK. Soak it in ACV and then use a bandaid to secure over-night. The largest one took about 7-10 days to remove completely.
It may not work for everyone and on every SK but I am encouraged right now.
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I have a compromised immune system and started breaking out with Seborrheic Keratosis when I was about 55. I am now 64 and they have spread on my back, neck, face edge, few on back of legs, under eyes on cheekbone and forehead, few on upper arms. The only thing that has helped them so far is Apple Cider Vinegar, which I now spread on the affected areas right after I bathe or shower. Then I let it air dry. What this has done is keep it controlled, many have shrunk. Less spreading now, thank goodness. I wonder if we did treat internal fungus if it would help. I know I have issues with Candidiasis and have ate too much sugar in my life. Wish more testing was done, instead of just labeling it an old person disease and "tough luck." I wonder if it is an accumulation of too much sugar in the diet and it has finally gone cellular? Needs further studies.
[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.
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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!!
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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!
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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!
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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.
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YEA (1) 100%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!
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YEA (2) 100%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.
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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.
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Posted by Deb (Massachusetts) on 02/04/2016
I inherited Serborrheic keratosis and it definitely has worsened with age. (I have very large, dark ones on my back in my teens which were thought to be moles and I was delighted to have these unsightly things removed by an enlightened dermatologist.) But now my back and bra line are covered with lighter versions, and they are appeared on my front torso. I sleep on my back so I assume these are triggered by the weight of my body. No idea about the trigger for the ones on my front torso.
I would love to know more about the eggplant and vinegar treatment. How much if each? I'll have my husband apply to my back. Then apply cling wrap and put on a tee shirt?
I was planning to wear this only at night. How many nights before they get squishy and can be removed with a back-scratching loofah? Thanks for the help. I made a resolution to take better care of all my skin and this problem is in my top three for sure.
Looking forward to more specifics and more assurances that this is an effective method for a widespread case.