Brentwood Dermatologists specialize in Actinic Keratosis treatment, providing topical and surgical solutions.
Actinic Keratosis, also commonly known as Solar Keratosis, is a skin ailment normally accompanied by scaly, dry, pinkish patches.
The most common cause of Actinic Keratosis is skin damage caused by years of exposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds. Typically, it affects individuals 40 years of age and over.
No, Actinic Keratosis is not a form of cancer. However, it does have the possibility to turn into cancer. Actinic Keratosis should be treated and or removed as early as possible to prevent it from developing into skin cancer.
Actinic Keratosis, or AK, looks like dry, crusty, or scaly patches of skin. These patches of skin can be raised and range in color from pink, red, white, or tan shades. It will most likely be coarse to the touch when running your hand over it.
There are several ways to treat AK. Your dermatologist will determine which method is based based on your AK’s progression.
Topical cream and gels can treat some cases of actinic keratosis. Two creams that Brentwood Dermatology often recommends to patients are:
In some cases, patients may need a surgical procedure to treat Actinic Keratosis. Brentwood Dermatology offers the following non-invasive surgeries to fully remove your AK.
Everyone’s skin is different, so a dermatological consultation is the only way to diagnose your skin issues. Once a dermatologist has examined your skin and assessed your overall health, we can create an individualized plan to treat your Actinic Keratosis.