Eskata For Treating Seborrheic Keratoses (SKs)
Seborrheic Keratoses (SKs) affect an estimated 83 million adults in the United States. There’s a new prescription topical treatment called Eskata that effectively and safely gets rid of SKs. Here’s a brief rundown on how Eskata can treat even the most severe forms of seborrheic keratosis.
What is Seborrheic Keratoses
Seborrheic Keratoses is a common form of non-cancerous and non-contagious skin growths among adults. SKs typically begin appearing as small brown, black, or tan circular (round or oval shaped) flat spots or bumps on the skin. They often grow or thicken to become wart-like, becoming slightly elevated and feeling scaly or waxy to the touch. SKs can be as large as 1 inch in diameter and can form on any area of the skin, but are most common on the face, shoulders, back, and chest areas.
While mimicking the appearance of skin cancer, seborrheic keratoses is completely unrelated and not harmful to one’s health. However, many people with highly visible SKs choose to remove them for cosmetic issues.
Eskata For Seborrheic Keratoses
Eskata is the first FDA approved topical treatment for raised seborrheic keratoses. Eskata uses an ultra-powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide solution that when applied to the SK works to cause oxidative damage. Applying Eskata directly to the SK results in the destruction of the underlying cells which caused the skin growth. Over time, the destroyed SK simply sheds away.
Eskata uses a specialized mechanism of action in the form of a specialized pen-like applicator. This allows for the solution to be applied only to the affected area while enhancing the absorption rate to the skin.
How Effective Is Eskata?
Eskata is a highly safe and effective treatment option that’s FDA approved for addressing seborrheic keratoses. During clinical studies, 18% of test subjects experienced complete clearance of 3 out of 4 raised SKs treated with Eskata (source). These patients received two treatments and results were evaluated 106 days after treatment.
How is an Eskata Treatment Performed?
Eskata is a simple and pain-free in-office treatment for SKs. After a dermatologist evaluates a skin growth as a benign SK, Eskata is topically administered directly to the SK in four passes. The procedure is very quick, taking 10 to 20 minutes from start to finish.
Is Eskata Better Than Other SK Treatments?
Compared to other SK treatment options like laser treatments or surgical removal, Eskata is simpler, quicker, and less risky. Since the solution is applied only to the SK, there is less chance of developing damage like scarring or pigmentation issues.
What can I Expect Post-Treatment?
Some patients may experience a slight burning feeling during the initial application, which typically fades away a few minutes after treatment. Other common side effects include itching, swelling, redness, stinging, crusting, or scaling of the treatment area during the healing process. Local skin reactions in and around the treatment area, while uncommon, are also possible.
There is no recovery period required for Eskata. Patients must simply wear a bandage over the treated area to protect it from sun exposure and friction irritation.
Are Multiple Treatment Sessions Required?
For many, a single treatment session is all that’s needed to remove their SK. If, however, the SK does not slough off within a month of treatment a second treatment session may be needed. Once the SK is fully removed it should not reappear.
Does Medical Insurance Cover Eskata?
Medical insurance will not cover Eskata as it’s considered to be a cosmetic procedure (not medically necessary).