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Skin Disorder - Benign Nature & Characteristics

Inspire of its dangerous and abnormal appearance, seborrheic keratoses are the least dangerous of all skin disorders. Despite its benign nature and characteristics the disorder is extremely uncomfortable to view and can be plainly annoying. They are commonly known as barnacles or SebK's in short. Seborrheic keratoses appear in all shapes and sizes. They can be prominent black outgrowths or even barely detectable in appearance.

There are prominent attributes that define seborrheic keratoses. Some of them look as if they have been stuck on the face. It appears like a piece of dirt or a clayish matter has stuck itself on the surface of the skin. The borders of the seborrheic keratosis develop from the epidermis, or the top most layer of skin and hence it gives the impression that the can be removed simply by scratching it off with the help of the finger nail.

Sometimes seborrheic keratoses seem like warts but these are different from warts as they do not carry the human papilloma virus that causes warts. Seborrheic keratoses sometimes appear with a smooth surface that contain seed like bumps on them and which may be lighter or darker than the skin encompassing it. These tiny seed like appearance is the presence of keratin and these can be viewed through a magnifying glass.

There is usually itching surrounding the presence of seborrheic keratoses and these tend to get even itchier as people get older. Most people in an attempt to remove these blemishes tend to pick on the skin and try to remove them. In doing so, the skin surrounding the tissue is likely to become red and the irritated skin may also bleed. This practice should be discontinued immediately as lesions that form due to picking and scabbing can lead to complications of the tissue and would need medical help in curbing the bleeding.

The best thing to do would be to leave those them alone. Seborrheic keratosis is likely to become larger but these pose no problem to health nor are they life threatening.  There are many treatments used to remove seborrheic keratoses. One of them is the use of liquid nitrogen. The process works as liquid nitrogen halts the growth of the cells by freezing it and destructing them. However the connective tissue that surrounds the skin is left intact. There is a possibility that liquid nitrogen can cause a scar over the affected skin. Some doctors also practice medical shaving in which a pliable shaving blade goes beneath the superficial layer of the skin to extract the cells of the seborrheic keratosis cells while leaving normal skin intact.