Seborrheic Keratosis


Seborrheic keratosis are benign skin lesions are the bane of most womens' existence after the age of 40. They come in all shapes and colors--black, gray, brown, silvery, or white. They can be flat or raised, large or small. They are more prominent in sun-exposed areas but can occur anywhere on the body. They normally start appearing in your 40s, but can start at an earlier age. They develop quickly and can disappear just as quickly. While they are likely driven by hormonal changes, they can also result from sun exposure, stress, and diet.

While there is no magic bullet for seborrheic keratosis, adopting a healthy diet and avoiding unnecessary sun exposure these can help improve symptoms.

Retief Skin Center in-office treatments for seborrheic keratosis include:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Shave removal
  • Chemical peels
  • ED&C
  • TCA 20-30%, Acid
Avoid laser treatments as they are totally ineffective unless using an ablative CO2 laser.

I contacted Dr. Retief when I was having trouble with my skin following chemo. She was so sweet. I offered to buy a cream from her but she recommended an over the counter combination that has been amazing. Thank you so much Dr. Retief!
— Jeri Lynn H. in Nashville, TN