October 13, 2022

Benign Skin Growths: Seborrheic Keratosis, Skin Tags, and Warts

Many people have one or more benign (which simply means noncancerous) skin growths at some point in their lives. These growths include seborrheic keratoses, skin tags, and warts. Benign skin growths are usually harmless and don’t require treatment. However, some people may want to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. This article will provide an overview of seborrheic keratoses, skin tags, and warts, as well as their causes and treatment options.
Let’s begin!

Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are common, noncancerous skin growths that tend to appear as people age. They often look like warts, moles, or even cancerous growths. However, seborrheic keratoses are not contagious and generally don’t develop into cancer.

Seborrheic keratoses usually appear as small, raised bumps on the face, chest, shoulders, or back. They can be flesh-coloured, black, or brown and may have a waxy, scaly appearance. Seborrheic keratoses typically range in size from a few millimetres to a few centimetres.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small pieces of hanging skin that can occur anywhere on the body. They’re generally harmless and don’t cause pain unless they become irritated. Skin tags are made up of collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by dry skin.

Skin tags are usually flesh-coloured or slightly darker than the surrounding skin. They can vary in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres. Skin tags are more common in overweight or obese people and tend to occur in areas where the skin rubs together, such as the neck, armpits, or groin.


Warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) and usually appear on hands and feet. However, warts can also occur in other parts of the body. There are several different types of warts, including common warts, plantar warts (on the soles of the feet), flat warts (on the face), and genital warts (in the genital area). Warts vary in size and shape but tend to be round or oval-shaped with a rough surface.

Most warts will eventually go away on their own but may take months or even years to do so. If you want to get rid of a wart sooner, your doctor can remove it through Excision, cryosurgery or curettage. Although a wart is benign, it is best to receive advice from specialised skin cancer practitioners. If you are ready to diagnose, or get rid of that fastidious wart, book an appointment today and gain peace of mind.


If you have a growth on your skin that’s causing you concern, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with an expert skin cancer doctor who are the most experienced and qualified professionals to determine whether the growth is benign, or something more serious and to treat it as effectively as possible. In many cases, benign skin growths can be easily treated with minimal discomfort.

Our friendly and qualified doctors are here for you. Feel free to book an appointment with us and benefit from King Street Skin Cancer’s highly-skilled healthcare professionals.


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