SKs are the most common type of benign skin growth. They are harmless and often resemble warts, skin cancer, or actinic keratoses. An SK usually first appears as a small, rough bump before developing a wart like surface. They can range in color and size and appear anywhere on the body (except for the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.) SKs generally do not cause any pain, though some may itch.
Unless an SK is causing discomfort, once diagnosed, SKs do not require treatment. However, it is important to schedule your regular full body skin exam. Usually, an SK can be diagnosed by visual examination. However, under certain circumstances, we may remove the SK to inspect the cells more closely under a microscope to rule out skin cancer.