Actinic Keratoses Treatment
Concerned that a flaky, sore patch of skin might be actinic keratoses?
Actinic keratoses are areas of sun-damaged skin usually found on sun exposed parts of the body. While usually harmless, it’s best to have actinic keratoses examined by a dermatologist.
Around 1 in 5 people in the UK have actinic keratoses so it’s very common, but it can be sore and impact your self-confidence. There is a small chance that actinic keratosis can progress to form skin cancer. Find more information below on actinic keratoses and its causes, and the treatments available at The Dermatology Clinic London.
About actinic keratoses (AK)
What are actinic keratoses?
Actinic keratoses are small areas of thickened skin, often with a scaly surface, that are often pink or red in colour. Sometimes, they can appear raised and resemble crusty outgrowths. They tend to develop after the age of 40 and occur on parts of the body often exposed to sunlight. This includes:
- Lower legs
You are more likely to be affected by AK if you have fair skin and are prone to sunburn. If you have an AK that rapidly changes in size or appearance or begins to bleed, seek medical advice immediately as it could be progressing towards a type of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma.
Actinic keratoses treatment
With actinic keratoses, there is a small risk of progression to skin cancer so it’s always advisable to get it treated by a qualified dermatologist as soon as possible. Even though they are usually harmless, you might choose to have treatment to improve the appearance of your skin and boost your confidence.