Dr. Oz: Skin Barnacles & Seborrheic Keratosis with Jeanine Downie

By on March 22, 2010

Doctor Oz said that as we grow older, many people will develop skin barnacles or Seborrheic Keratosis, which look like little black or brown spots that can form on our face, necks, and chests.  They almost look like small moles that show up out of nowhere.  Dr. Jeanine Downie, author of Beautiful Skin of Color: A Comprehensive Guide to Asian, Olive, And Dark Skin, said that skin barnacles or Seborrheic Keratosis is totally benign, and can easily be removed.  Two volunteers from Dr. Oz’s audience put on some numbing cream to numb the area before trying the following two methods for removing their skin barnacles.

How To Remove Skin Barnacles or Seborrheic Keratosis

1.  Hyfrecator

The Hyfrecator was used on a smaller skin barnacle.  Dr. Jeanine Downie used the device on the skin barnacle and some smoke came off of the skin as the skin barnacle was removed.  Then she rubbed the area with a cloth.  The volunteer said it was painless.

2.  Scalpel

A scalpel was used on a larger skin barnacle.  Dr. Jeanine Downie, after numbing the area well, scraped the skin barnacle off.  It was amazing how easily it came off!  There was a tiny bit of blood, but the volunteer said she could not feel a thing.

Dr. Oz did warn us that if you get a sudden explosion of skin barnacles, then you should have yourself checked for gastric cancer, because skin barnacles could be a sign for gastric cancer.

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Comments to Dr. Oz: Skin Barnacles & Seborrheic Keratosis with Jeanine Downie

  1. I have a similar thing happening all over my feet, legs, arms and hands. I am very fair so the spots are skin coloured or light brown/grey colour – disgusting. It is affecting my life – i have quit my job and don’t go out at all any more. I went to a dermatologist and he laughed and said it was nothing to worry about. I have gained weight – but not sure if it is because I have gastric disease as indicated by Dr oz or just because I am housebound. I am so unhappy about this – there is no way I could remove all of these revolting things. Do I have any options? Regards Sara

  2. Hi so My husband has a few of these Barnacles on his legs and now its like he has them all over his fore arms and hands and legs an feet.its like they grew a 100’s of them over night seems like. looks like he has some kind of diease. they are bothersome and should we worry about it? could it be a manifistation of something else going on?i know his dad has them but not that bad! we have no ins. so going in is not a opt. is there anything else we can do thats natural?

  3. My mother-in-law has thick brown /black /grey barnacles all over her back and chest. When my husband started getting them also we thought they were hereditary. The doctor didn’t do anything about them. It was difficult to rub his back because skin would lift up kind of like a scab that was peeling off. I finally had him start washing with neutrogena deep clean cream cleanser using a back brush and long body scrubbing towel. They started to minimize. He still has spots but not the thick unsightly scab looking moles . It’s only been two weeks but the overall improvement is amazing!

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