Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are common, scaly growths that are found on sun-damaged skin. They are caused by years of sun exposure and consequentially, are usually found on older individuals. The most common sites to find Actinic Keratoses are the face, scalp, back of the hands, and any other sun-exposed areas. They usually appear as small, rough and raised areas. Often times, they are easier felt than seen. Most people don’t recognize they have AKs until they are found on a routine skin exam. They are considered a low-grade pre-cancer of the skin and rarely evolve into skin cancer.
Actinic keratoses are easily treated when they are found early. Routine skin exams are a good way to catch AKs while they are small. You can also prevent AKs from occurring by practicing good sun protection techniques.
If you have questions concerning Actinic Keratosis, call our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Myers. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.
Improving Actinic Keratosis
Since these lesions do have the potential to develop into skin cancer, we aggressively treat them while they are small and manageable. Treatment options can include:
Dr. David Myers
Dr. David Myers is a board certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. His expertise and attention to detail make him a trusted doctor in his community.