What is Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic Keratosis often arises from extensive exposure to sunlight, or other forms of ultra-violet light such as artificial tanning beds. Actinic Keratosis (AK) is often a precursor to other forms of skin cancers and should be dealt with immediately to avoid more risk to your health.
Symptoms of AK include rough, dry or scaly skin, particularly in areas where there has been extensive sunlight exposure such as the back of the neck or hands. In some instances these patches may be slightly raised and can be brownish, red/pink or remain the same as your usual skin colour.
Causes of Actinic Keratosis?
Over exposure to UV light without skin protection, most commonly from the sun.
How is Actinic Keratosis diagnosed?
AK can usually be diagnosed by a visual assessment, however if your dermatologist requires further information, they may request a skin biopsy to be certain.
How is it treated?
Depending on the extent and severity of the Actinic Keratosis, it may be treated through medication, or by undergoing minor surgery to remove the affected areas.