Are you experiencing some new beautiful dark spots on your skin as you get wiser? You may not agree with us that they’re the most beautiful spots on earth, in fact, they have very unflattering names – i.e. age spots, barnacles and for the love of God… senile warts. However, the pros AKA docs, know these dark spots as seborrheic keratosis lesions, or SK lesions, for short. They come in many varieties – sometimes raised, sometimes flat, & maybe even warty! If these sound familiar, you’re not alone. 83 million Americans experience this skin condition.
While these dark spots are not always irritating as far as being itchy or anything like that… but they are rather just unwelcome! It hasn’t been until now that doctors have been able to offer an amazing treatment to get rid of these guys! On Dec. 14, the Food and Drug Administration approved a first-of-its-kind liquid called Eskata that targets these dark spots. By late April of this year, folks who can sit through at least two visits to their dermatologist’s office can get rid of some raised spots.
Before Eskata came on the market, dermatologists could freeze lesions or use a laser or even a scalpel to remove them, but the procedures could be painful and patients didn’t want to risk potential scarring!
How Does It Work?
After a dermatologist has determined a spot is not cancerous, a skincare professional will delicately apply the highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide liquid to each lesion four times, about a minute apart. The idea is to soften up the lesion to dissolve it, while avoiding damaging surrounding skin.
In one study, approximately 65% of the facial lesions on roughly 220 patients were completely or almost clear 106 days after the first treatment, compared with 15 percent of roughly 225 patients who got a placebo liquid.
In another study, ‘about 50% of all SKs treated with Eskata in the trial were assessed as clear or near clear’, according to Neal Walker, a dermatologist and the chief executive of Aclaris Therapeutics.
What’s the Cost?
Each Eskata applicator will cost the patient about $200 to $250. One applicator should be able to treat up to 7 large spots up to 1.5 centimeters wide, or 10 smaller ones.
The company is currently studying Eskata’s safety and effectiveness in a dozen or so patients with the darkest skin types who have the kind of SK lesions that look like tiny raised lentils. They’re called dermatosis papulosa nigra.
Eskata released a trial before & after photo that shows amazing improvements with two treatments of this new topical solution.
Image and some information provided by Eskata
Don’t forget, this treatment is available starting in April, so make sure to contact your dermatologist to make sure it’s on their radar! I’m excited for those who are extremely bothered or self-conscience about it! I was reading that some folks haven’t taken off their shirt in 25 years, either at the beach or in the pool because they are so embarrassed by them. I LOVEEEEEE when people are able to finally get a skincare resolution for someone when they’ve waited SOOO long.