Actinic keratosis pictures

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Actinic keratosis pictures

What is actinic keratosis?

Also called solar keratosis, actinic keratosis is a small spot, a bit rough (as covered with scales), pink, painless, 2 to 6 mm in diameter. Some times, the skin gains in height and rises over the regular level.

Where does it usually appear?

In areas exposed to sunlight, on human scalp, face, neck and lip, upper thorax, back of forearm and hand.

What does it look like?

Check the actinic keratosis pictures bellow:

Actinic Keratosis Solar Keratosis
Actinic Keratosis Solar Keratosis
Actinic Solar Keratosis Actinic Keratosis Horn
Actinic Solar Keratosis Actinic Keratosis Horn

Who can get it?

Fair-skinned people who were particularly exposed to the sun because of their work, their hobbies, or areas where they lived. Most of the times, actinic keratosis affects people with white skin which suffer sunburns along a bigger period of time.

What is it made of?

The skin affected by actinic keratosis is made of several layers of cells, including the basement which has a renewal function. The basement is vulnerable to the sun, if its genetic equipment is damaged by UV rays, it makes skin worse. Solar keratoses are a precancerous condition: some of them may turn into skin cancer. Most cancers resulted from actinic keratosis are fairly benign. There are seldom causes of malignant melanoma, much more serious, also promoted by exposure to sunlight.

How to diagnose this injury?

Examination alone is sufficient. When in doubt, a biopsy can be made.

How to treat actinic keratosis?

The best treatment is prevention. Once incorporated, keratosis can be removed by dermatologists through a simple, effective and painless surgery: the cold cautery or cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen.