Actinic Keratosis Treatment

May 23, 2017

Actinic Keratosis Treatment

Actinic Keratosis is a skin condition that most commonly appears as a rough, scaly patch on the skin. In most serious cases, Actinic Keratosis can lead to skin cancer. The condition can occur on almost any part of the body, but it is most common in areas that receive frequent sun exposure.


To learn more about actinic keratosis treatment, please call or contact us online.

Actinic Keratosis Causes

Actinic keratosis is sometimes known as solar keratosis. This is because the most common cause of actinic keratosis is excessive sun exposure. For most people, this exposure occurs over many years rather than all at once. The actual keratosis forms due to the UV radiation found within sunlight.

Actinic keratosis is caused by UV exposure, and certain risk factors can increases a person's likeliness of contracting the condition. These include:

  • Advanced age

  • Frequent sunburn

  • Pale or fair skin

  • Family history

  • Certain autoimmune diseases

It's also possible to suffer from actinic keratosis as a result of tanning bed use.

Actinic Keratosis Symptoms

The only real symptom of actinic keratosis is the affected patch of skin itself. Depending on the severity of the condition, this patch can grow to be as large as one inch in diameter. For most people, the patch appears to be slightly raised and coarse to the touch. Actinic keratosis growths are often described as being:

  • Raised

  • Red, pink or brown

  • Itchy

  • Scaly

  • Hard

The exact appearance of the growth will vary depending on the individual case. Actinic keratosis can technically occur on any part of the body, but it is most common on the:

  • Chest

  • Face

  • Hands

  • Arms

  • Neck

  • Scalp

  • Ears

It's important to see a doctor immediately after noticing any irregular skin growth.

Actinic Keratosis Treatment

There are many treatments available for actinic keratosis. Treatment typically begins with an initial examination of the affected area. A biopsy may be taken to determine if the growth is cancerous or pre-cancerous. From there, a specific treatment plan can be developed. Possible treatments for actinic keratosisinclude:

  • Medicated gels and creams: These solutions treat the area surrounding the actinic keratosis to remove the problem gradually.

  • Laser therapy: In this type of treatment, special photodynamic light is used to destroy the skin cells that are causing the growth to form.

  • Cryotherapy: As the name implies, this treatment involves freezing and then removing the actinic keratosis.

  • Scraping: This is the most direct method of treating actinic keratosis in which the offending cells are excised from the body. After administering local anesthesia, special surgical tools are used to “scrape” away the cells.

Request Actinic Keratosis Information Now

Ultimately, there is no best actinic keratosis treatment. Instead, it depends on the individual needs of the patient and how advanced the condition is. Request more information now: call or contact us online.

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Revive MD Medical Group

4251 South Higuera St. Ste 600
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 771-8478