Actinic Keratosis

What is an Actinic Keratosis?

Chronic sun damaged skin can produce dry scaly patches known as actinic keratosis. The face, ears, neck, hands, forearms, legs, and thinning scalp are common locations for these ultraviolet light induced patches to appear.  Early diagnosis and treatment of these precancerous spots reduces the risk of their transformation into squamous cell carcinoma, one of the common types of skin cancer.

 

How is Actinic Keratosis diagnosed?

During examination of your skin for skin cancer surveillance and evaluation of your moles, actinic keratosis can be diagnosed.  Many people who have multiple actinic keratosis continue to get new actinic keratosis for the rest of their lives, so ongoing surveillance of the skin by a dermatologist is essential.

 

How is Actinic Keratosis treated?

Treatment options can be tailored to the location of actinic keratosis and your skin type and include:

Liquid Nitrogen therapy

Curettage

Photodynamic Therapy

Topical medications applied to the skin

Preventive strategies are a vital part of the treatment regimen and will also be discussed during the treatment course.