These benign skin lesions are the vain of most women’s existence after the age of 40. We really don’t know what causes these but we do have some information on them which can help you manage these pesky lesions. First off, know that they come in all shapes and colors. They can be 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. They normally start appearing in your forties but can start earlier. You will continue to get more as you age. They can develop quickly and can disappear just as quickly. They appear to be driven by hormonal changes, sun exposure, pressure, and diet. So again, like most things, your best bet is a healthy Whole Food diet. There is no “Magic Bullet” for seborrheic keratosis just as for anything else when it comes to age-related medical problems. It all starts with a healthy diet. The dietary supplements I recommend for everyone to accompany a Whole Food diet that have been proven over and over again to improve health include:
- Vitamin D 5000 IU
- Vitamin C 1000mg
- Vitamin A in the form of FOOD (the two foods with the highest is sweet potatoes and spinach). Oral Vitamin A is risky. You can become toxic on it very easily. If you choose this route, stick with smallest amount sold.
- Probiotics /1-2 Tsps of Kefir daily
- CoQ10 50-100mg
- Omega 3 Fish Oil
- B complex vitamin (sublingual is the best route of administration)
- A cup of green tea daily
- Cucumerin (found in spice Tumeric) is being found to be anti-inflammatory and help with Insulin Resistance. Buy this spice and use on all your meals.
HOME THERAPY for Seborrheic Keratoses
- Peroxide 30% food grade applied with a Q-tip daily x 7-10 days
- Apple cider vinegar: 5-6 times per day with a cotton tip applicator (Qtip) for 2-3 days
- General smoothing and prevention: BuffRx Divine Intervention and Le EdgeBody Scraper 3-4 days a week. Apply cream to damp skin and affected area for 3-4 days; on 5th day, soak in tub and scrape affected area with Le Edge Body Scraper to remove dead skin build-up created with Divine Intervention; Repeat every week
Usually a combination approach is best based on the location and size of the lesions. For example, it isn’t recommended that you laser off large SKs, and it isn’t recommended that you use Shave Removal to treat small lesions. A chemical peel will be totally ineffective for large lesions.
Don’t even start any of the below treatments if you aren’t eating a Whole Food Diet, taking the recommended supplements, and using a maintenance treatment at home with some type of daily exfoliation to prevent new lesions from emerging. The only exception to this rule is if you have had the lesions for more than 5-10 years and no new ones have developed within that time.
- Shave Removal
- Chemical Peels
- ED & C
- Avoid laser treatments as they are totally ineffective unless using an ablative CO2 laser. This should only be done in a dermatologist’s office.
- TCA 20-30%, Acid