Seborrheic keratosis is a benign skin growth that is brought about by the abnormal growth of the skin cells, normally on the base of a mole. Usually mistaken for skin warts, the growth of seborrheic keratosis is usually associated with the aging of the skin. The growths vary in size, shape, and color. Appearing as a single growth or in groups, seborrheic keratosis growths are usually thick and bulging. Although they may look harmless, they are unsightly, so they must be removed from the skin. Luckily, they can be removed with the use of home remedies.
To treat seborrheic keratosis, use hydrogen peroxide with a concentration of 23% to 80% to help reduce the appearance of sebborrheic keratosis spots. The hydrogen peroxide must be applied directly to the spots, which will turn white and stay that way for a few minutes. After applcation, they will gradually turn pink and scabs will later form on the spots.
Hydrogen peroxide must be periodically applied to the affected areas until all the spots disappear. Use a small brush or a cotton swab to apply the hydrogen peroxide for a more precise application. The skin around the area to be treated must also be applied with a moisturizer or lotion prior to application so that they will not be burned by the hydrogen peroxide. The treatment can be done at one week intervals, if necessary. To prevent the recurring growth of seborrheic keratosis, hydrogen peroxide can also be added to bath water.
Glycolic Acid Solution
Glycolic acid solution is prepared by using a 30% glycolic acid and pouring it into a spray bottle. The solution is then sprayed onto the affected area daily. Let the solution stay on the skin for several hours. Avoid washing the area applied with the solution. Although this treatment may cause a little stinging sensation, it’s perfectly fine. After application, the skin starts to turn red in color, and a crust is formed on the treated spots. The spots will not be a pretty sight for some time, but the crust will eventually fall off to reveal smooth skin. For best results, the solution can be left on the skin overnight. For stubborn spots, reapply the glycolic solution after the spots have healed sufficiently from the first application. Maintenance treatments may also be needed if seborrheic keratosis growths reappear on the skin.
If it is your first time to use glycolic acid solution, start on the affected areas on your back, starting with a small section. Never apply to all parts of the body affected with seborrheic keratosis at one time. By doing only a small section at first, you can see how your skin reacts to the glycolic acid solution. If the stinging becomes unbearable–or you feel anything other than the slight stinging expected–then it is best to discontinue use.
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