Natural Remedies for Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic Keratosis (Seborrheic) Verruca is one of the most common kinds of skin growth or skin disorder which is often seen in people above the age of 40. Generally, it manifests as individuals grow old. Although there are no known etiological factors behind this disorder, they grow in the body parts mostly exposed in sunlight. Seborrheic Keratosis can be really annoying but one must keep in mind that they are not the symptoms of any kind of cancer and are declared benign (not harmful). The number of grown spots may vary with different people. While some people may have only one, others have many spots.  Although there are various treatments available, natural remedies for Seborrheic Keratosis are more beneficial.


Seborrheic Keratosis generally looks warty, but they do not contain papilloma viruses which is commonly the cause of warts. Gradually they turn into rough spots and look like a pit from where something has been uprooted. They are painless and normally do not require any treatment. While some Seborrheic Keratoses turn into rough growths, some of them are smooth and look like small pebbles or pearls. These growths are referred to as horn pearls and they gradually turn into circular shapes. Seborrheic Keratosis normally looks as if it is not attached with the skin and can be removed. The reason behind this is they grow on the upper layer of the human skin and are not rooted to the dermal skin layer.


There are no definite symptoms of Seborrheic Keratosis.  Generally, they are itchy and one may suffer from easy bleeding once they are rubbed. Usually they start with small rough spots then get thick and warty with time. Besides, they do not assume a definite shape or size as they grow. Few of them are dark black, while some other may be like pearls. They can even be bigger than 2.5 centimeters.  Some of the Seborrheic Keratoses are very similar to Melanoma. One must visit doctor when having doubt about the nature of skin bumps or other skin problems.


Well, there are no clear causes of Seborrheic Keratosis. Mostly they are seen or manifest in areas exposed to sunlight like the arms, back, neck and face. It is widely believed that physiological stress can have adverse effect on the Seborrheic Keratosis condition. People who food who have food allergy are more likely to develop this condition than normal people

Conventional Remedies

Diagnosing Seborrheic Keratosis will prove helpful in treatment. One of the best ways is just to leave them in their natural state.  Conventional treatment employs techniques such as Cryosurgery (Using tremendous cold) in case the growth becomes extremely itchy. Other conventional techniques are electro-cautery (sending low voltage to the infected area to burn it) and electrodessication which can be used cure them. One may also go for laser treatment available to literally burn the growth. Shaving the area where Seborrheic Keratoses have developed is a way of removing them too. As mentioned before they are not attached with the deeper layer of the skin shaving can certainly remove them. Shaving them off must be done with utmost care with shaving deep enough to remove them. Flexible razors are used for this purpose. Aluminum chloride or some other chemicals should be applied over the shaved area after shaving for avoiding bleeding. Treatment of them will not leave any mark except people with dark complexion. They are not one of the causes of cancer as it is widely thought. Seborrheic Keratosis cause itching and this may compel someone to remove it.  Depending on size, the doctor can help you with identifying which remedy to use. Though Seborrheic Keratosis is not painful but after the remedy one may feel pain for few days.

Natural Remedies

There are some fungal shampoos or pyrithione zinc and selenium sulfide that can be used to offer temporary relief against this problem.  They can be applied using different methods. Though these remedies may reduce the growth on the skin, they cannot eliminate or destroy them from the root. It is apparent that this problem is associated with imbalance of hormones in the body.  Taking sufficient sleep coupled with a nutritious diet and minimizing stress and upholding hygiene can be helpful. It is really beneficial to take sufficient quantity of zinc regularly. The following are some of the natural remedies for Seborrheic Keratosis:

  • Tea tree oil shampoos-are known as very effective treatment for them. A solution of aloe Vera gel and tea tree oil will prove to be much beneficial and you can prepare it yourself. Solution will contain a balanced quantity of both the liquids.
  • Use of hydrogen peroxide-is one of the natural remedies for Seborrheic Keratosis. It can be used at home. It is applied on the infected area till it is turned whitish. With the break of one week, hydrogen peroxide should be applied to remove the spots completely. One should be careful about the concentration of hydrogen peroxide keeping it between 23-80%.
  • Glycolic Acid Solution-can also is effective as a natural remedy for dealing with this condition. Concentration of glycolic acid       should be 30%.  You should spray Glycolic acid daily to helpful in curing this problem.
  • Drink water as much as possible and take a balanced diet. A balanced diet will regulate hormonal balance and ensure that you remain stress free most of the time. Taking vitamins and supplements is also beneficial in curing them
  • Taking chlorine shower is features as one of the effective natural remedies for Seborrheic Keratosis. You can easily install it in your shower and a chlorine shower within every three days will make you believe why you didn’t try this before.

In conclusion, there are several remedies available to get rid of these growths. Although conventional treatment like laser, electrocautery, and cryosurgery offer good treatments, nevertheless, they are costly and so many people may not afford them. Alternatively, natural remedies like tea tree oil shampoos, chlorine shower and having a balanced diet are beneficial and they can be implemented easily at home.