Actinic Keratosis (or solar keratosis) develop on the surface of the skin due to extensive UV exposure and damage. They are precancerous lesions but only a number of cases develop into squamous cell carcinoma. These growths are more common among individuals with fair skin, light hair and light eyes.
How to detect Actinic Keratosis?
- Actinic keratoses can resemble warts and show as scaly, crusty growths on the surface of the skin.
- They tend to occur anywhere where there has been high sun exposure such as the face, bald scalp, lips and the back of the hands.
How to prevent Actinic Keratosis?
- Stay out of the sun during peak hours (10am to 4pm), cover the body with protective clothing, especially the arms and the legs, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
- Wear sunscreen year round with a high SPF. Look for products that use the term “broad spectrum” that work against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Self-check skin monthly and contact your dermatologist if there are any changes.
- Schedule regular skin examinations. Anyone with a family history of skin cancer, a history of blistering sunburns, an incidence of 25 moles or more on the body or who are on medications that can compromise the immune system, should have an annual eye exam and appointment with a dermatologist.
- Maintain a regular antioxidant treatment such as serums, creams and pills that work to combat free radical damage in skin.
Treatments for Actinic Keratosis
At Kline Dermatology, we offer treatments to cure the actinic keratosis cancer. Following are some of the treatments available:
- PDT blue light
- Prescription creams