Good news for patients looking to treat their seborrheic keratoses: On Dec. 15, the U.S. FDA gave its approval to Aclaris Therapeutics’ ESKATA™. This represents the first FDA-approved topical, noninvasive treatment for a cosmetic problem that is still not fully understood by the medical community.
Dermatologists are not entirely sure what causes seborrheic keratoses—sometimes known as age spots or barnacles of wisdom—to appear, though ultraviolet radiation, genetics, and the passage of time all seem to play a part. The growths appear in a range of colors, often have a waxy or scaly look, and can grow anywhere on the body, though they often show up on the face and other visible areas, especially in middle age and beyond.
That said, ESKATA™ has proven to be effective at clearing up these non-cancerous, raised growths. In trials leading up to the FDA approval, ESKATA™ was found to be more effective than placebos in treating four SKs over a course of two sessions spaced three weeks apart.
The solution itself has a hydrogen peroxide base, used in high concentrations to specifically attack seborrheic keratoses. ESKATA™ is delivered via a pen-like device, available from healthcare providers as an in-office treatment. Patients can expect some redness, itching, swelling, and related side effects, but the overall treatment has been found to be less painful than other current SK treatments, including lasers, freezing, and electrodessication.
The physicians at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills—Dr. Derek Jones, Dr. Naissan Wesley, and Dr. Jeanette Black—were all advisors working with the product as it was developed, so they are particularly enthusiastic about its FDA approval and pending availability for the general public. The treatment should be widely available in the spring of 2018.
Find out more about ESKATA™ in the Los Angeles area, as well as seborrheic keratoses and other skin conditions and treatments available at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. Visit the practice’s Contact Us page, or call 310-246-0495.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.