As we grow and age, our bodies form a number of different types of skin lesions.  Assessment by our dermatologist can help diagnose them and provide you with reassurance that they are okay.  In some circumstances, you may choose to have the lesion removed for personal comfort, preference, or cosmetic enhancement.  The choice is yours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can dry skin cause bumps?

Sometimes dry skin and eczema can show up together; there is a form of eczema that is bumpy, known as lichenoid eczema or lichenoid dermatitis

Can I remove seborrheic keratosis myself?

Generally, no. But sometimes they can crumble off when theyre very dry.

Can keratosis become cancerous?

Seborrheic keratoses do not. Actinic keratoses are a form of sun damage that have a very low risk of skin cancer

Can you pick off seborrheic keratosis?

Generally, no. But sometimes they can crumble off when theyre very dry.

How do you get rid of keratosis?

It depends on the type of keratosis. Most are regular / benign and do not require removal or eradication

Is there a cream for seborrheic keratosis?

There is a product that contains hydrogen peroxide that can be applied to them. It is available in

Is there an over the counter treatment for seborrheic keratosis?

No, but there are products and treatments available in the dermatology clinic.

Should I remove seborrheic keratosis?

Its optional to have it removed; they are normal and seen with aging.

What causes skin growths?

It is multi-factorial but genetic plays a key role.

What do cancerous skin growths look like?

These may be ulcerated or bleeding.

What does actinic keratosis look like?

Actinic keratosis has a range of appearances - from scaly and red to smooth dry with a hint of brown.

What does keratosis look like?

Keratosis means thickened skin, so the area has a buildup of skin layers.

What triggers seborrheic keratosis?

It is believed to be genetic in nature and bolstered by growth factor defects.

What is the difference between actinic keratosis and seborrheic keratosis?

Actinic keratosis is a form of sun damage. Seborrheic keratoses are growths due to growth factor changes. Yhey do not become actinic keratoses

What is benign keratosis?

Keratosis means thickened skin, so the area has a buildup of skin layers.

Can you prevent keratosis?

Sometimes use of AHA products like glycolic acid and lactic acid can help slow their growth

Can you scratch off actinic keratosis?

It is possible to remove the surface of it but the underlying sun damage persists

How can you tell the difference between melanoma and seborrheic keratosis?

It is multifactorial but viewing the pigment network and vascular structure of the

How do you get rid of benign skin growth?

Its optional to have it removed; they are normal and seen with aging. Removal methods include cryotherapy, shave excision;

What are bumps on skin called?

On the upper arms and buttocks and thighs, theyre known as keratosis pilaris.

What are the different types of skin growths?

Skin growths can from from tissue or blood vessels or fat or nerves.

What causes benign skin growths?

Sometimes genetic factors contribute, or a patient may be in a significant growth phase (e.g. pregnant).

What causes clusters of bumps on skin?

Clusters of bumps on the arms and legs are often known as keratosis pilaris. IT is a regular condition seen in ~ 25% population

Moles

Moles are a very common type of skin growth that appear as small, dark spots. While they are usually harmless, it is important to have them checked if one notices a change in their appearance or characteristics.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are common skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body but are usually found on the neck, upper chest, eyelids, or underarms. While they are not harmful to your health, they may become irritated.

Skin Cysts

A cyst is a sac-like pocket of tissue that contains fluid or other substances. They can grow almost anywhere on the body or under the skin and may cause discomfort for some.

Milia

Milia are small, white bumps that commonly occur on the skin. They can develop at any age, particularly on the face and around the delicate eye area skin.

Keloids

Keloids are a type of raised scar that occur after an injury has healed. They are caused by an excess of collagen in the skin during the healing process. While they are not harmful, they may be uncomfortable or painful.

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