In middle age, other skin lesions such as senile wart (seborrheic keratosis) can occur in addition to age spots. Age warts are dark pigmented skin growths, which can occur more often on the face or upper body. At first glance, age warts are often confused with basalioma (white skin cancer) or malignant melanoma (black skin cancer). However, seborrheic warts are benign skin tumors that give no cause for alarm.
How do age warts develop?
Age warts are considered the most common skin growths, but they are neither infectious nor dangerous. Behind their formation a genetic predisposition is suspected. External environmental factors such as chemical stimuli or UV radiation, on the other hand, should contribute less to the spread of old-age wart. Consequently, every person can get age warts, regardless of their lifestyle.
How to recognize age warts?
Age warts are benign corneal growths that occur equally frequently in women and men over the age of 50 years and can multiply over time.
This is typical of age warts:
- They occur on the face, on the head, on the neck, on the hands and arms, as well as on the chest or back.
- Like age spots, age warts are also light brown to dark brown pigmented. However, age warts show in contrast to age spots in isolated places thick encrustations.
- As a rule, the skin lesions have a diameter of about one to a maximum of two centimeters.
- The affected skin region also feels greasy.
However, there is no consistent picture of age warts. The spots and encrustations appear differentiated, so that it can often be confused with the malignant tumors of white or black skin cancer. Therefore it is recommended to have pigmented lesions examined by a dermatologist.
Treatment of aging warts
From a medical point of view, age warts are harmless. The removal of age warts is therefore a purely cosmetic procedure. For this, dermatology offers three treatment options that can be used to remove old-age wart:
- Freezing the wart (cryotherapy): This is a cold burn of the affected skin. After the treatment, the healing process of the skin sets in, with the dead old wart falling off.
- Old age wart excrements: For this treatment, the affected skin is first anesthetized with an ice spray. Then the age wart is removed with a scalpel. This method is rarely used because of the long healing period.
- Lasering of the wart: With the laser method, the tissue of the wart is vaporized. The session is largely painless and requires no local anesthesia. The healing process is relatively short here, with inconspicuous scars remaining behind.
After the dermatologist removes the wart, it is important to care for the affected skin areas carefully and never expose them to direct sunlight until the wounds are completely healed.
Can you remove age warts yourself?
Unlike other warts, the wart is not produced by a virus. Common homeopathic home remedies for killing wart viruses, such as tea tree oil, can not be of help here.
Although there is no risk of infectious spread when attempting to remove the wart itself, it is important not to cut or bite around the affected area. Because this causes open wounds, which can lead to heavy bleeding and inflammation. It makes more sense to have the age warts examined by a dermatologist and if necessary surgically removed.