Managing Seborrheic Keratoses: Real World Experience Using a Novel Treatment Solution

July 2019 | Volume 18 | Issue 7 | Department | 171 | Copyright © July 2019

Keaney, T. et al.

Abstract

“Barnacles”, “liverspots”, “age spots": Seborrheic keratoses (SKs) have many different names, sizes, and clinical presentations in our patients. The only commonality among SKs is that patients despise them. While patients are initially concerned about their malignant potential, once they are reassured, most patients quickly transition from relief to request: “Can you get rid of them?” An observational study conducted across multiple dermatology practices found that SKs have a significant impact on quality of life, causing patients to adopt strategies to cover them and seek treatment for asymptomatic lesions.1 Given their benign potential, the only reason to remove an asymptomatic raised SK is cosmetic. When doing a cosmetic procedure, the acceptable risk is often lower given that the benefit for treatment is aesthetic. Ideally, a cosmetic intervention would have a wealth of evidence-based data and a favorable side effect profile. Eskata 40% hydrogen peroxide topical solution, the only FDA-approved drug for the treatment of raised SKs, strikes the perfect balance between efficacy and side effect profile.