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Seborrhoeic Keratosis
(Seborrheic is the American spelling)

If your skin changes unexpectedly, you should always seek advice from a doctor.

A Seborrhoeic wart is a type of skin growth, which is harmless, but can be unsightly, causing concern for the person whos skin they are growing on.
They are harmless warty spots, some people can have hundreds of them.
They are also known as basal cell papilloma, senile warts, brown warts, wisdom warts and barnacle.
The descriptive term benign keratosis is a broader term used for these waxy, scaly skin lesions.

They are commonly found on over 90% of adults over the age of 60 in the UK.
It is not know what causes them but it is advised to keep out of the skin and wear an SPF.

Seborrhoeic Keratosis can easily be identified by an expert skincare specialist at PURE Holistic Beauty.

Growths can be found in any area of the body, except the soles of the feet and the palms of your hands but the most common areas are:

Growths often start out feeling like little rough skin areas.
Over time, they will develop a thicker, wart like surface, that can also crumble when rubbed.
They can look a little waxy and be raised from the surface, almost looking stuck onto the skin.
Most growths are usually oval or round in shape.
Seborrhoeic warts are mainly dark in colour, mainly brown, they can also be black, yellow or flesh coloured, some are even white.

Variants of Seborrhoeic Keratosis include

*Solar Lentigo, flat circumscribed pigmented patches in sun exposed areas.

*Dermatosis papulosa nigra, small, pedunculated and heavily pigmented seborrhoeic keratoses on the head and neck of darker skinned individuals.

*Stucco Keratoses, grey, white or yellow papules on the lower extremities.

*Inverted follicular keratosis.

*Large cell acanthoma.

The risk of developing these increases as you age.
Skin conditions such as these tend to run in families.
There is some medical evidence that skin that has been exposed to sun is more likely to develop Seborrhoeic Warts which is why they are usually found on the upper body.

Seborrhoeic Keratosis aren’t dangerous but you should never ignore growths.
Always get your skin checked, something that can look like a harmless wart could actually be a Melanoma.

Very rarely, eruptive seborrhoeic keratoses may denote an underlying internal malignancy, most often this is gastric adenocarcinoma.

Eruptive or irritated keratosis may also arises as a adverse reaction to medication.

An irritated seborrhoeic keratosis is an inflamed, red and crusted lesion, it may give rise to eczematous dermatitis. Dermatitis may also trigger new seborrhoeic keratoses to appear.

Always have a Doctor check a growth if your skin
*Changes in appearance of an existing growth
*Has a new growth
*There is only one growth ( Seborrheic growths usually you will have several)
*If your growth is purple, blue or reddish-black
*The borders of your growth are blurred, jagged or irregular
*If you have an irritation or itching
*Have you any pain?

If for any reason you are worried about your growth, DO NOT delay, make an appointment with your doctor.
Don’t ignore a potentially serious problem, it’s always better to be to cautious.

At PURE Holistic Beauty a skincare expert will often be able to recognise a Seborrheic growth by eye, if there is any uncertainty, you will need to seek a Doctors appointment to rule out the possibly of skin cancer such malignant melanoma.

Advanced Electrolysis uses electrical current to remove the growth, the skin will look different in colour after removal, but often over time this will become less noticeable.
It is possible to develop new seborrhoeic warts on other parts of the body over time.

Seborrhoeic keratosis can easily be removed at PURE Holistic Beauty if desired.

Treatment induced loss of pigmentation can be particular issue for darker skinned salon guests.

Most salon guests say their reasons for wanting them removed is because they find them unsightly, itchy or catches on clothing, or just gets in the way of every day life.

If you would like to book a consultation or have any other questions call PURE Holistic Beauty 02380 457070 or www.pureholisticbeauty.co.uk for more details.

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