Actinic Keratoses

Actinic Keratoses

Actinic Keratoses (AK) are potential precancerous skin lesions. They occur as a consequence of cumulative low-grade sun exposure over many years.

Actinic Keratoses form not just from intentional suntanning but from every day casual sunshine such as walking to and from your car, a brief stroll with your dog, a walk with friends through the neighborhood, and even exposure to the sun through the windows in your car.

Actinic Keratoses can occur anywhere on the body, however, they are most commonly found on the face, neck, forearms, backs of the hand, any other sun-exposed parts of the body.

AKs look like a patch of dry skin, and treatment of AKs is necessary as they commonly transform into squamous cell carcinoma.

The treatment options are varied but include liquid nitrogen, surgical excision, topical medications (5-fluorouracil, imiquimod) as well as medium-deep skin peels using trichloroacetic acid, and photodynamic therapy.

If you think you may have Actinic Keratoses, we strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Alanen immediately.