Keratosis Seborrheic

One of the more rare of the keratosis skin disorders is Keratosis Seborrheic, a condition that is quite often mistaken for many other skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis as well as some infectious skin conditions.

It can be easy to spot this condition in patients, due to the noticeably typical large, raised wart like markings on the skin. While these are often times white in color, they can be brown or tan, black or somewhat dark reddish in their appearance.

Keratosis Seborrheic is a benign form of skin tumor, with no known or scientifically proven cause. As with most other keratosis skin conditions like keratosis pilaris, it is currently suspected that this condition is also genetic and inherited from one of your ancestors.

Most people with this condition tend to start seeing the symptoms around forty years old or so, with the raised warts like bumps getting larger and the condition of the affected areas of the skin worsening over time.

These bumps can vary in size from just larger then typical keratosis pilaris bumps to very large dime sized legions. And although they appear like many other types of “warts”, they are in fact not warts at all, and are by no means contagious in any way (as they are not caused by any type of virus, and thus cannot be transmitted).

Treatments for Keratosis Seborrheic

There are many different treatment options for Keratosis Seborrheic, although just as with many other keratin caused skin conditions, there doesn’t seem to be one treatment that works for all people. There are many nonprescription and over the counter products that can work to get rid of these wart like bumps, which we’ve incorporated into our  daily treatment routine along with the best practices such as application times and conditions.

In our talking with many people who have Keratosis Seborrheic, we’ve put together a daily treatment plan based on what seems to have worked the best overall for most people. As with any new potential treatment, you should consult with your doctor before starting any new routine.

Daily Keratosis Seborrheic Treatment Routine:

Exfoliate the affected areas at least once per day with a high quality, non-invasive exfoliation scrub and a loofah (you may want to use a long handled loofah if the affected areas are on your back or hard to reach in the shower).

Over time, you may want to increase you exfoliation sessions to twice per day (once in the shower with exfoliation scrub and once with a dry loofah), provided that this isn’t too much exfoliation (as long as it doesn’t irritate the skin).

Following your exfoliation, pat the affected areas of the skin dry gently with a  clean towel, and apply a moisturizer approved for people with keratin based skin conditions. Do this twice per day, once after exfoliating (usually in the morning) and once just before bed at night.

Try using the following products ONCE per day, only ever using one of these at a given time. That means you can try one (and only one) of them, once per day for about two weeks to check for improvement and immediately discontinue use if there is any pain or irritation to the skin.

If one product is not showing you any satisfactory improvement after two weeks, discontinue use of it and try the next one in the list (again, only once per day for two weeks). All of these products are over the counter and available from

Products in order of trial:

Lactic Acid

Glycolic Acid

Greater Celandine Extract

Hydrogen Peroxide

Once you’ve found a product that seems to be clearing and improving the skin, many people have reported that Reviva Lightening Cream worked very effective for them to improve the skin further and reduce any Keratosis Seborrheic scars or marks.

Once your skin is free of the condition (and has remained so for a few weeks), bathe occasionally (once or twice a week, as needed) in a bath with hydrogen peroxide added to the water, as this has been shown to keep this condition at bay in many people. Go ahead and take your time, relax and let the hydrogen peroxide do it’s work for a good half hour or so.

Recently, an all natural treatment for keratosis pilaris has been getting a lot of national media attention. Many people are attributing their being KP free to this new system, which uses commonly available ingredients that can be bought at any grocery store. You can learn more about it here.