Shh! Anti-agers no one but you need know about

Shh! Anti-agers no one but you need know about: What can be done to fix my unsightly blemishes?

  • Anonymous reader asked for help to get rid of little brown raised spots on skin 
  • Inge advises seeing your dermatologist for a diagnosis to be on the safe side
  • She says this may be seborrheic keratosis; harmless but can multiply with age 

Q I’m 84 and very fit, but have little brown raised spots on my skin. They’re painless but unsightly. I’ve tried Dermol and QV creams to no effect. Could you suggest anything that might help?

A How frustrating! The creams you mention are for itchy skin conditions such as eczema; they’re not the right course of action.

On the basis of your description, dermatologist Dr Firas Al-Niaimi (drfirasalniaimi.co.uk) thinks you have seborrheic keratosis, which is harmless but can multiply with age.

‘The NHS stopped treating these years ago, but a dermatologist can remove them privately by freezing them with cryotherapy, shaving them off with a scalpel or lasering them off,’ he says.

On the basis of your description, dermatologist Dr Firas Al-Niaimi (drfirasalniaimi.co.uk) thinks you have seborrheic keratosis (pictured in primary stage in stock photo), which is harmless but can multiply with age

It’s important you see a dermatologist for diagnosis anyway, he says. ‘I’ve picked up a few skin cancers over the years that were referred as keratosis.’

There’s no need to worry unduly but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Costs for removal, he says, ‘depend on the number of lesions and the method chosen, but typically would start at about £350.’

Inge (pictured) says: ‘How frustrating! The creams you mention are for itchy skin conditions such as eczema; they’re not the right course of action’

Dr Al-Niaimi practises in London (drwassimtaktouk.com) among other places, but for a dermatologist or any specialist in your area, doctify.com is a reliable place to look.

  • Email your questions to Ingeborg van Lotringen, author of Great Skin, at [email protected]

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