What is actinic keratosis?
Spending hours in the California sunshine can be a pleasant way to pass the day, but years of sun exposure can lead to rough, scaly patches on the skin called actinic keratosis (AK). AK is caused by UV radiation and can become cancerous if left untreated. AKs appear as elevated skin spots ranging in color from flesh colored to white, pink, dark tan or red. They can resemble warts and commonly occur on the face, ears, shoulders, neck, hands, shins and forearms, areas that receive high levels of UV exposure.
Are AKs cancerous?
AKs typically start out as a small rough, scaly skin patch that enlarges slowly without additional symptoms. In some cases they may itch or feel tender. They may take years to develop. Due to the possibility of the lesions becoming cancerous, it is not uncommon to remove AKs as a precautionary measure. AKs primarily occur in adults over the age of 40.
Laser treatments for actinic keratosis in the greater Los Angeles area
If you feel you may have actinic keratosis but are unsure, come see us at the Dermatology & Laser Center for a thorough inspection, diagnosis and state-of-the-art laser treatments like Levulan PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT). We have office locations in Studio City and Simi Valley. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Rubinstein today!
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.