An actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is a skin lesion that slowly enlarges sometimes taking years to develop with no signs or symptoms. It typically appears in older adults as a rough, scaly patch on face, lips, ears, back of hands, forearms, scalp and neck. Lesions range in size from a pinpoint to several centimeters in diameter and may be yellow, brown, red or violet, smooth, wrinkled or furrowed.Many doctors consider an actinic keratosis to be precancerous because it can develop into skin cancer. You can reduce your risk of actinic keratosis by minimizing your sun exposure and protecting your skin from UV rays, as it is caused by frequent or intense exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, typically from the sun.
SKIN Cosmetic Dermatology has many treatment options for actinic keratosis, such as traditional surgical excision, topical medications, laser treatment, chemical peels, dermabrasion and pulsed light therapy. Routine re-examinations every few months and limitation of exposure to direct sunlight are recommended.