What is a Seborrhoeic Wart?

by Thursday, October 10, 2019

Seborrhoeic Warts, often called “age spots” are harmless but cosmetically displeasing warty lesions that are extremely common in ageing skin. Patients often present in clinic with several of these growths, looking for safe ways of removal.

Often referred to as Seb K’s, senile warts or Seborrhoeic Warts but the diagnostic term is in fact: “Benign Keratosis”.

Who gets Seborrhoeic Warts?

Seborrhoeic warts are extremely common, affecting both men and woman, usually from mid 30’s and upwards. It is estimated that 90% of adults over the age of 60 have one or more.

What causes Seborrhoeic Warts?

The cause is actually unknown but Seborrhoeic warts are often linked to ageing skin and possible sun damage. They also often appear on areas of skin where friction is apparent.

They can appear on any area of the skin, except palms of hands and soles of the feet but are extremely common on the face and back. Some patients seem to be particularly prone, presenting with dozens of these annoying lesions.

How do I know if I have Seborrhoeic Warts?

Seborrhoeic warts have a highly variable appearance and can present in varying forms and colours. They may appear on skin flat or raised, flesh coloured, light brown, dark brown, black or even yellow. They can be smooth textured but often have a wax like appearance.

If you are in doubt, book a free consultation with our expert clinicians who will be able to advise.

What is the treatment for Seborrhoeic Warts?

Once diagnosed, these annoying lesions can be removed relatively easily dependent on whether they are flat or raised. Advanced Cosmetic Procedure (ACP) or specific peels can be used either individually or in combination and results are usually very satisfactory.

Can Seborrhoeic Warts be prevented?

There are mixed discussions relating to the prevention of Seborrhoeic warts, but a good and consistent skincare routine is certainly not detrimental.

For skincare advise and help finding the right regime for your skin, complete our free online skin test and receive professional and personalised product recommendations from Face the Future’s skin experts.

For more information and to book your FREE consultation, please call 0113 282 3300 or email info@facethefuture.co.uk.

Written for you by: Kate, Face the Future

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