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Natural treatments for seborrheic keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis is also called senile moles. This is a condition which typically affects older adults. It is skin growth which resembles moles, warts and skin cancer. Seborrheic keratosis can appear on every part of your body. These growths tend to have waxy appearance. Also these blemishes can look scaly or slightly elevated. The cause for seborrheic keratosis is not known but as people are getting older, they have increased chances of getting it. Also seborrheic keratosis can run in families. The seborrheic keratosis are rough bumps which are small and swoly thicken.

The color can range from white to black. In the most cases, they are tan or brown. These bumps can be small as fraction of an inch or they can be big as a half – dollar. These growths can develop on the neck, face, scalp, stomach, back and chest. In some cases, they can appear individually but in most cases, they appear in multiples. The seborrheic keratosis is painless unless it is irritated by outside factors.

There are some cases when the growths can itch. These growths can mimic the appearance of the cancerous mole in some cases but they are not reason to be worried. If you feel discomfort and embarrassment caused by seborrheic keratosis, then you can use some of the below mentioned home remedies. If you suffer from seborrheic keratosis, then you need to talk with your doctor before you start using some of the below mentioned home remedies for this condition.

Home remedies for seborrheic keratosis

Natural treatment for seborrheic keratosis

Cool compress: You should apply a cool compress directly on your skin because this can ease the irritated seborrheic keratosis growth. You should run cool water over a washcloth. Then, wring out the excess water and apply this washcloth to your skin. You should repeat this natural treatment when the seborrheic keratosis feels itchy or if you are experiencing discomfort. [1]

Vitamin D: There are some studies in which are shown that there is a link between the skin growths and the lack of the body of certain nutrients or vitamins [2]. You should increase your Vitamin D levels because this can boost the immunity of your skin. Also you can take Vitamin D supplements but you need to talk with your doctor for the correct dosage.

Hydrogen peroxide: You can use the hydrogen peroxide as your natural treatment for seborrheic keratosis. You should apply hydrogen peroxide with a 23 – 80% concentration of the seborrheic keratosis. After you have applied this home remedy on the seborrheic keratosis, they will turn pink and form scabs.

Do not touch: You should resist the urge to pick, scratch or itch the skin which is affected with seborrheic keratosis because in this way you are increasing your risk of bleeding, inflammation and in rare cases infection.

Be patient: You should be patient about the treatment that you use for seborrheic keratosis. There are some cases when the seborrheic keratosis has reversed on its own without any treatment. If you are patient, you may find out that your seborrheic keratosis has disappeared.

Coconut oil: You can use this home remedy for your fight against seborrheic keratosis. You can consume two to three tablespoons of coconut oil on daily basis because this is one of the best ways to rid of and prevent toxic rancid fat from accumulating in the body. [3]

Avoid certain foods: You should avoid some foods which can cause you allergy. Also you should limit your intake of inflammatory foods.

Fish oil: You can use fish oil as your natural treatment for seborrheic keratosis. Also you can use krill oil supplement. Both home remedies can help you to rid of the toxic rancid fat as well as from preventing it to accumulate in the body.

Cut off blood supply: There are some people who have seborrheic keratosis on their scalp so if this is your case, then you can use your hair as natural treatment. You can tie the long strands of hair around the base of the growth so in this way you will cut off the blood supply. As the time passes, you will notice that the seborrheic keratosis will start to shrink, darken and it will eventually fall off. Many people have said that this is painful treatment but it is effective. It has been noticed that this natural treatment will eliminate the seborrheic keratosis in a period of several weeks to more than a month. [4]

Tea tree oil: You should apply this home remedy on your seborrheic keratosis in order to treat it. It can help you to rid of this condition. You should use this home remedy up to a week after the seborrheic keratosis has been expelled from your skin because in this way you will ensure yourself that there will not be complications. [5]

Nectar and water: This is one of the best home remedies which you can use for seborrheic keratosis. You can mix nectar and water and apply it to the affected areas. Let it stay there for three hours. After this period has passed, you should wash the nectar off.

Aloe Vera: You can use this home remedy as your natural treatment for seborrheic keratosis. If you have decided to buy Aloe Vera gel from market, then you should buy some type which does not have chemicals in it. But it is always better to use fresh Aloe Vera gel extracted from Aloe Vera leaf. You should apply this gel directly on your skin and do it two times per day. You can see improvements in your condition after one or two weeks. [6]

Serrapeptase: This is an enzyme which converts proteins into amino acids in the body. This enzyme comes from the bacteria which are found in the gut of silkworms.This home remedy is commonly used due to its anti – inflammatory properties and also it can be used as a natural treatment for seborrheic keratosis. It encourages the breakdown of fibrous tissues and leaked fluids which usually are cause for seborrheic keratosis. [7]

These tissues are broken down into amino acids and the body is treating them as a waste product to be excreted. If you are taking serrapeptase tablets, then you should take them on an empty stomach or at least two hours after a meal. You should not eat any food at least thirty minutes after ingesting this home remedy. You need to talk with your doctor for the correct dosage of serrapeptase which you should take throughout the day.

Avoid irritants: It is known fact that clothing and jewelry can worsen the seborrheic keratosis growths which is causing irritation. If you have seborrheic keratosis, then you should stop using your jewelry until these growths go away. You should always buy clothes that are made from natural fabrics, such as cotton because they are gentle for your skin.

Olive oil: This home remedy has oleic acid which can help to lessen the accumulation of cells. Also it helps to lessen the thickness of the lesion. You should massage the affected area with this natural cure because it will help the seborrheic keratosis to detach itself. You should repeat this natural treatment on daily basis in order to get positive results. [8,9]

Castor oil: This home remedy is one of the best natural treatments for seborrheic keratosis. You should apply castor oil to the seborrheic keratosis and do it two times per day. This home remedy has soothing and healing properties so it is the best home remedy for people who have sensitive skin and want to rid of the seborrheic keratosis. [9]

Apple cider vinegar: One of the best home remedies for seborrheic keratosis is the raw and organic apple cider vinegar which can be topically applied. If you have seborrheic keratosis on your face, then you should dilute the apple cider vinegar before you use it. You should mix one part of apple cider vinegar with three parts of water. You should apply this home remedy two to three times per day for your seborrheic keratosis.

For other parts of your body on which you have seborrheic keratosis, you should apply the apple cider vinegar using a cotton ball. You should use some skin protector on the healthy skin, such as castor oil and you should cover it with a band aid.

You should change the apple cider vinegar band aid and the cotton ball on every 12 hours or if you use this home remedy at night. Also you can use the apple cider vinegar internally. For this purpose, you should mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm filtered water. Also you can add a small amount of honey in this mixture. You should drink this home remedy two to three times per day, ten minutes before you eat your meal.


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Ramesh Kumar
Ramesh Kumar
Dr. Ramesh kumar, BAMS is naturopathy doctor who is well versed with health benefits of all fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants


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