Natural Remedies for Seborrheic Keratosis

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Seborrheic keratosis is characterized by benign skin growths that usually do not occur before middle age. While the growths are benign and do not require medical treatment, they can be a cosmetic issue. Natural remedies for seborrheic keratosis are usually quite successful and include apple cider vinegar, castor oil and aloe vera.

How to Cure Seborrheic Keratosis at Home Without Surgery

Traditionally, seborrheic keratosis is treated with some sort of surgical procedure, be it laser, scraping or freezing. Fortunately, natural remedies are quite effective and obviously much cheaper, though they may take longer to bring complete resolution.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw and organic apple cider vinegar can be used topically to treat seborrheic keratosis. If the seborrheic keratoses are on the face, apple cider vinegar should be diluted before use – 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water. The solution is then applied 2-3 times daily to the seborrheic keratosis.

For other parts of the body, apple cider vinegar can be applied to a cotton ball and applied to any keratoses. Use some sort of skin protectant on healthy skin, like castor oil and cover the cotton ball with a band aid. Change the apple cider vinegar band aid and cotton ball every twelve hours, or only use this remedy at night.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is another great topical remedy for seborrheic keratosis. Simply apply castor oil to the skin growth 2 times a day. Castor oil is soothing and healing to skin in general and perhaps the best remedy for those with sensitive skin.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel can be used like castor oil – apply it to the seborrheic keratosis twice a day. Look for an aloe vera product without a long list of chemical additives. Using fresh aloe from your own plant is another option.

Any of these remedies will take time to completely heal the seborrheic keratosis, but often some improvement will be noticed within a week or two.

If seborrheic keratosis accompanies other skin difficulties or additional health problems, remedies that target multiple body systems should be considered.

Essiac tea benefits many with chronic health problems, including skin issues.

Because skin problems are often manifestations of toxins in the liver, castor oil packs over the liver may be a good solution to allow the body to heal itself.

Taking charge of health with positive wellness steps is also a benefit to those who have multiple health challenges.

What do Seborrheic Keratoses Look Like?

Seborrheic keratoses are also called senile warts or barnacles of age. They typically form on the trunk, face, neck and arms. They may resemble warts or skin cancers and tend to be shades of brown and tan. If you suspect a growth on the skin is a seborrheic keratosis, a medical consultation is wise to confirm the diagnosis and rule out more serious problems.

Do you have a natural remedy for seborrheic keratosis? Please send us some feedback!

Continue reading to see how our readers have treated seborrheic keratosis with home remedies.


Aloe Vera

2 User Reviews
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Posted by Sally (Cambridge, England) on 04/02/2019
4 out of 5 stars

I had been using Apple Cider Vinegar for months and it didn't really do anything, apart from making it look more inflamed. So I stopped that after about 5 months, and started to use Aloe Vera Gel 99.9% and its natural, use as often as you want. After only a few weeks I have noticed it's flatter and smaller so Im really pleased, I'm hoping it will disappear completely. I would 100% recommend using Aloe Vera Gel its about £6 for 200ml size from any health shop. Hope this helps others that have a Seborrheic Karatosis

Aloe Vera
Posted by Jodie (Western Australia) on 06/19/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have had a seborrheic keratosis just below my eye for a couple of years now. It started off looking like a small age spot but over the course of a couple of years it became very large and darker in colour and had a raised crusty appearance. I was becoming very self conscious of it as it really looked worse if I put makeup on it. After trying numerous remedies including ACV which just made it very sore and looked 100 times worse, I decided to try aloe Vera gel. As I had tried so many different remedies I really was not expecting any miracle cures whatsoever.

I started applying the store bought aloe Vera gel about 5 or 6 times per day. After about a week or 10 days I noticed that the keratosis had changed in appearance. It was looking much flatter and slightly blotchy. Being very encouraged by this I began applying the gel more often, up to 8 times per day or whenever I thought about it. I am pleased to say that after another week it is now very pale in colour, and has no raised appearance. I feel confident that with continued application of the aloe Vera that the seborrheic keratosis will go away altogether.

I understand that people have had great results with ACV and I am an avid fan of ACV for other purposes but I believe with a seborrheic keratosis on the face you can remove it much more discreetly with aloe Vera. Just apply and watch it fade away gently.

Replied by Pat

Can you tell me what brand of aloe you used?

DMSO, Potassium Iodide, Niacin

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Posted by Lisa (Hawaii) on 01/16/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Several years ago I was diagnosed with seborrheic keratosis in several places, and the Doctor used liquid nitrogen to freeze it. It was very painful and it came back. Next I tried burning it off myself using a soldering iron. It was much less painful but eventually came back, perhaps not as fast as before. So next I used some Chaga tea and extract, I put it on once a day for several weeks which actually made it smaller (NO PAIN) but it didn't completely go away. Next I tried Methylene blue (You can buy this for fish in the pet store to treat fungal infection) I suspected the Seborrheic keratosis is fungal in triggering it because it seems to come out in dark moist areas of the skin, especially on my back because I sleep on my back and sweat at night.

The methylene blue worked well. Just one dose and it dried up and fell off. But eventually came back and I had to repeat it. Since the MB stains I was looking for another cleaner remedy. I tried Garlic cloves, a slice taped to it, and I did seem to make it smaller after a few days of treatment, but I wanted something easier.

Now I tried my best cure yet:

I mixed up DMSO (Pure) with distilled water 50/50 in a 2 oz dropper bottle with 1/8 tsp pure potassium Iodide crystals and 500 mg niacin. I put this on once a day after my shower each eve. It was clean and didn't stain anything. The spots slowly got smaller & after a month are about 1/3 the original size or the smaller ones are gone completely. I am keeping this up until all are gone. I am also going to do some candida detox protocols to get rid of the systemic fungal. It also got rid of my brown liver spots when I used it on them.

Replied by Dee
(Tulsa, Ok)


I'm assuming that the methylene blue you bought is a 2.3% solution… Did you apply the MB straight from the bottle, or did you dilute it before applying?
How long did it take for the sk to dry up and fall off?

Looking forward to your reply. TIA. :)

Petty Spurge

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Posted by K Benson (Newcastle Nsw) on 09/30/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have the cure! My Barnacle was on the side of my breast. My GP assured me that is was nothing to worry about and it was not cancerous. The Barnacle began to grow and the skin on it was rough. My bra was constantly rubbing and making it itch. It grew to the size of my thumb nail. I decided to treat it myself with Petty Spurge which I had used successfully in the past to remove warts. After 2 weeks it had fallen off and left only proud smooth skin. There is scar tissue which is slowly healing with the help of Arnica Cream.

If you decide to try Petty Spurge – Be warned, it is extremely powerful!!!!!

One tiny drop twice a day only on the Barnacle itself. Avoid any contact with surrounding skin! I couldn't be happier to be without my Barnacle.

Replied by Kim

Where do I buy it?

Replied by Sherri


It is also called Milkweed. I believe it grows wild in CA according to the map. I am in Florida and will have to go buy a plant.

Hope that helps.


Replied by Peter
(South Australia)

We are lucky here in South Australia as Petty Spurge grows wild in many parts of our state.

Be particular and get it to soak into the senile warts and not run down your face or body skin as this is wasteful because you only get a drop from each cutting. It really gets in to kill the root of the wart.

Pine Gum Salve

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Posted by fablevayne (utah) on 01/13/2022
5 out of 5 stars

For seborrheic keratosis:

Pine gum salve - a mixture of pinyon pine sap and lanolin. Apply. Cover. It was gone in a week.

Replied by Rene

I would love to know where you get the pine sap and how much you use.I have a great many of the pesky things and wonder if your recipe harms surrounding skin. Is it possible. to treat an area of skin at once. I am quite desperate if anyone else has any ideas. Thank you everybody, this is a great site which I have only just found.

(New Zealand)

Hello Rene (U.K.),

Apart from other topical things you might consider trying, I would recommend starting something that works for me. Namely, a daily, high --quality, multi-vitamin and mineral pill which contains a decent amount of Selenium.

It will take several weeks to deliver improvement of course.

Best of luck with this.

Would be nice if you kept us informed of progress, please.

Cheers from Down Under


I read that too much selenium can cause severe problems, I.e. breathing, etc. I have been eating two Brazil nuts every day. What dosage are you taking?


Note about selenium... Brazil nuts have 544 micrograms per ounce... I think way more than anything else. Dr. Berg says Brazil nuts need to be soaked or roasted so that absorption of selenium is not blocked by phytates. If they're soaked it preserves other nutrients in the nuts. However if soaking makes them hard to digest ( like it does for me) you could bake at 350 degrees for 5-6 minutes in a preheated oven.

Best wishes!