As you age, wart-like spots called seborrheic keratoses might appear on your skin. These spots rarely cause problems or pain, but they can be unsightly. Dr. Renee Glover and Dr. Theresa Conologue provide onsite assessments of skin blemishes at Outer Banks Dermatology. They also offer the most up-to-date treatments for seborrheic keratoses, including ESKATA™, to help you improve and maintain your skin’s appearance. If you live in or around Nags Head, North Carolina, call the clinic or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Seborrheic keratosis (SK) is a common kind of skin blemish. It manifests as flat or raised spots that are darker than your normal skin tone, with colors ranging from tan to brown or black.
Flat SK spots often have a shiny texture, while raised SK spots are bumpy, scaly, or rough. They may even look like they’re pasted on.
Most of the time, SKs appear on your face, hairline, neck, chest, or back. Over time, they may grow bigger and more spots may appear.
While their appearance can be concerning, SK spots usually don’t cause any pain or discomfort, and they’re not cancerous. In fact, they’re one of the most common types of skin bumps that Dr. Glover and Dr. Conologue see in their practice.
Although seborrheic keratoses aren't serious, they can make you feel self-conscious and affect the way you view yourself.
Yes, they can. Sometimes SK spots are removed by treatments such as freezing, burning, or scraping, but these methods are being used less often for raised seborrheic keratoses.
The providers at Outer Banks Dermatology use the latest technologies to give you gentle treatments with excellent results. Specifically, Dr. Glover and Dr. Conologue apply ESKATA™ to your skin to make the elevated kind of SK spots go away.
ESKATA is a topical treatment that’s FDA-approved for treating SK bumps. It’s a clear solution containing hydrogen peroxide that was developed specifically to treat raised SKs.
ESKATA isn't available over the counter, so you can’t do the treatment at home, but it’s a simple, in-office treatment you can receive at Outer Banks Dermatology.
Dr. Glover or Dr. Conologue can apply ESKATA directly to each SK spot with a soft-tipped, pen-like applicator. The solution has a slight, temporary sting as it goes on, but it’s quick and easy, so you can have it done on your lunch hour and return to work.
Dr. Glover or Dr. Conologue will evaluate your results approximately three weeks after your first treatment. If your SK spots haven’t completely cleared up, another application of ESKATA may be used to complete your treatment.
If you have bumps that you suspect may be seborrheic keratoses, schedule a consultation at Outer Banks Dermatology. Phone our office or use the convenient online booking tool.
*Individual Results May Vary