Actinic Keratosis

What are Actinic Keratoses?

Actinic keratoses are rough, scaly bumps that appear in sun-exposed areas like the scalp, face, chest, arms, hands, and legs. They result from chronic sun exposure. Sun damage that causes actinic keratosis can accumulate from constant exposure while outside and even more so from the use of tanning beds. Actinic keratoses are not necessarily cancerous but they can develop into certain types of skin cancer. For this reason, it’s important to have them promptly treated by a certified dermatology provider.

What Are the Symptoms of Actinic Keratosis?

Typically, actinic keratoses are very small and may appear red, brown or pink. They are most often flat but may feel rough or scaly in texture. In some cases, they may itch, even crusting or bleeding when you scratch them – they can also feel raw, burning, or painful.

What Causes Actinic Keratoses?

Actinic keratoses develop from prolonged sun exposure. Over both short and long periods, UV rays can damage the skin, causing it to grow and change in different ways. For this reason, actinic keratoses typically form on areas that are often exposed to the sun on a day-to-day basis.


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Actinic Keratosis Treatment Options

There are many effective treatments for removing actinic keratoses. Common treatments for actinic keratoses include photodynamic therapy (PDT), liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), or topical medications such as Efudex (Fluoroplex), or Klisyri. These treatments are essential in preventing actinic keratoses from developing into a serious form of cancer such as squamous cell carcinoma. Our certified dermatology provider can help you select the right treatment option for your skin during an appointment.


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Managing Actinic Keratoses

It’s important to note that actinic keratoses can return if you don’t take steps to prevent sun damage. The single most effective way to prevent actinic keratoses and skin cancer is by wearing daily sunscreen (SPF 30+) and wearing sun-protective clothing on areas commonly exposed to UV rays. Additionally, if you use tanning beds, stop immediately. Finally, make sure to follow up with our team regularly to assess your actinic keratoses and discuss strategies in which to help ensure your skin remains healthy.

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Actinic keratoses require professional treatment in order to keep your skin clear of any risks. To meet with our team, call our Terre Haute, IN office, fill out our online contact form, or “Walk In Now.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best treatment for actinic keratoses?

Some of the most effective treatments for actinic keratoses include photodynamic therapy (PDT), liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), and topical medications. These treatments can ease symptoms and prevent actinic keratoses from developing into squamous cell carcinoma.

Do actinic keratosis need to be removed?

Actinic keratosis needs to be removed to prevent it from progressing into squamous cell carcinoma, a serious form of skin cancer. We offer several non-surgical removal options for actinic keratosis.


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