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Actinic Keratosis

A rough, scaly patch, bump or reddish spot on areas of the skin often exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, neck, hands and forearms.

What is it?

Actinic Keratosis is one of the most common skin conditions we treat at Associated Dermatologists. It is also known as solar keratosis due to prolonged exposure to the sun, tanning beds or sunlamps, actinic keratosis is a precancerous skin growth that appears as a red, pink or brown spot on the skin's surface. These spots appear on the sun-exposed areas of the face, lips, ears, neck, hands, arms and shoulders. This condition is common and typically affects adults due to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. You can limit your risk of developing actinic keratosis by minimizing your exposure to the sun and protecting your skin from UV rays. And while we know the sun is fun, it can also be harmful. Damage from the sun can accumulate all year round in Michigan - even in the cold of winter. Be sure to use SPF 30+ sunscreen and limit your time in those harmful rays.


How is it treated?

If untreated, Actinic keratoses may develop into a skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. Our experienced, physician-led team will evaluate any suspicious spot on your skin and ensure that you receive prompt, safe treatment. We commonly remove these growths through a freezing treatment, topical medicated cream, gel or cryotherapy. Schedule today at our Berkley, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Commerce, or Novi office if you notice a new or changing spot on your skin.


THE TREATMENTS BELOW CAN HELP WITH ACTINIC KERATOSIS:
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