Because the keratoses are superficial, their removal shouldn't result in much scarring. Local anesthetics can be used to make the treatment painless. There may be a little discomfort as the treated area heals. Most often liquid nitrogen ( cryosurgery ) is sprayed on the spots, and produces blisters that lift up the seborrheic keratosis. These form into scab-like crusts that fall off within a few weeks. Occasionally there may be a small dark or light spot or a scar. These will fade over time. Sometimes part of the growth will eventually return.
Keratosis Pilaris DO’s
1. Do take measures to prevent excessive skin dryness , especially in colder winter months.
2. Do use mild soaps like Dove soap-less cleanser or Cetaphil cleanser.
3. Do lubricate skin with special lotions containing lactic acid like Amlactin or Lac Hydrin Lotion.
4. Do talk with your physician about using tretinoin (Retin A), alpha hydroxy acid lotions (glycolic acid), urea cream (Urix 40), and salicylic acid ( Salex).
5. Do gently massage the lotions into the affected area twice a day.
6. Do use a mild loofah or Buf Puf to gently scrub the area weekly