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ABOUT & CAUSES

What is Actinic Keratosis and what causes it?

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.

CANCER

Is Actinic Keratosis Cancer?

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.

IDENTIFY

What does Actinic Keratosis look like?

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.

TREATMENT

How do I treat my Actinic Keratosis?

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.

Topical cream and gels can treat some cases of actinic keratosis. Two creams that Brentwood Dermatology often recommends to patients are:

  • Fluorouracil cream
  • Imiquimod cream

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.

  • Cryosurgery – The process of using a medical device to freeze off the affected patches of scaly skin.
  • Photodynamic Surgery – Surgery involving the application of a light-sensitive chemical combined with specific forms of light to destroy precancerous cells..
  • Scraping – This is the process of removing Actinic Keratosis by scraping it away with an instrument called a curet. At Brentwood Dermatology, this is normally paired with electrodesiccation to increase the chances of fully eliminating all potentially cancerous cells.
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