An actinic keratosis is a precancerous skin lesion that commonly develops after many years of sun exposure. It most commonly affects those who are over 40 years old and have a fairer skin tone. About 1 in 6 Americans are diagnosed with actinic keratoses. It is important to have the actinic keratoses treated because if left untreated there is a risk that they can develop into a skin cancer called squamous cell carcinomas. Actinic keratoses are often characterized by a rough, scaly texture to the skin. They are often red, but can be brown or even skin colored. They are most commonly found on sun-exposed areas, such as the face, scalp, neck, arms, and hands.
If you are concerned you may have an actinic keratosis, schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists today.