Seborrheic keratosis is characterized by benign skin growths that usually do not occur before middle age. While the growths are benign and do not require medical treatment, they can be a cosmetic issue. Natural remedies for seborrheic keratosis are usually quite successful and include apple cider vinegar, castor oil and aloe vera.
How to Cure Seborrheic Keratosis at Home Without Surgery
Traditionally, seborrheic keratosis is treated with some sort of surgical procedure, be it laser, scraping or freezing. Fortunately, natural remedies are quite effective and obviously much cheaper, though they may take longer to bring complete resolution.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw and organic apple cider vinegar can be used topically to treat seborrheic keratosis. If the seborrheic keratoses are on the face, apple cider vinegar should be diluted before use – 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water. The solution is then applied 2-3 times daily to the seborrheic keratosis.
For other parts of the body, apple cider vinegar can be applied to a cotton ball and applied to any keratoses. Use some sort of skin protectant on healthy skin, like castor oil and cover the cotton ball with a band aid. Change the apple cider vinegar band aid and cotton ball every twelve hours, or only use this remedy at night.
Be sure to read tips from Earth Clinic readers who have successfully used apple cider vinegar for SK here.
Castor oil is another great topical remedy for seborrheic keratosis. Simply apply castor oil to the skin growth 2 times a day. Castor oil is soothing and healing to skin in general and perhaps the best remedy for those with sensitive skin.
Aloe vera gel can be used like castor oil – apply it to the seborrheic keratosis twice a day. Look for an aloe vera product without a long list of chemical additives. Using fresh aloe from your own plant is another option.
Any of these remedies will take time to completely heal the seborrheic keratosis, but often some improvement will be noticed within a week or two.
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What do Seborrheic Keratoses Look Like?
Seborrheic keratoses are also called senile warts or barnacles of age. They typically form on the trunk, face, neck and arms. They may resemble warts or skin cancers and tend to be shades of brown and tan. If you suspect a growth on the skin is a seborrheic keratosis, a medical consultation is wise to confirm the diagnosis and rule out more serious problems.
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