Actinic Keratosis

Using Chemical Peels To Treat This Skin Condition

At Dermalure, we offer the most advanced and high-quality products related to skin care and repair. Our keratolytic therapy products can work on any and all cosmetic defects or skin growths that you may happen to have. One such example of a skin condition that our therapy is highly effective on is actinic keratosis.

What Is Actinic Keratosis?

Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is a rough, scaly, and crusty lesion (growth) that’s caused by years of damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It’s most commonly found on the areas of the skin that are often exposed to the sun, including the face, neck, and forearms. Although the vast majority of these cases are benign, up to ten percent can actually develop into squamous cell carcinoma if they remain untreated.

Symptoms of Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis is generally noted by the following traits:

  • Rough, dry patches of skin
  • Flat or slightly raised patches or bumps
  • Small size (usually less than an inch in diameter)
  • Red color (though sometimes tan or pink)
  • Occasional itching or burning

Who’s at Risk for Actinic Keratosis?

While anyone can develop skin cancer, you’re more likely to develop actinic keratosis if you:

  • Are over 40 years old.
  • Have blond or red hair.
  • Have a lighter complexion.
  • Are frequently exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
  • Live closer to the equator.
  • Have a personal or family history of actinic keratosis.
  • Have a weakened immune system.

Treatment for Actinic Keratosis

Even though actinic keratosis sometimes goes away on its own, it can often return after more sun exposure. Since it’s impossible to tell which ones will develop into skin cancer, it’s best to be precautionary and treat the condition as soon as possible. Some treatments include the following:

  • Medication gels and creams
  • Cryotherapy (freezing)
  • Curettage (scraping off the damaged cells)
  • Photodynamic therapy (using light to destroy the cells)

Contact Dermalure Today!

At Dermalure, we’re glad to provide keratolytic therapy products, such as glycolic acid, in order to treat actinic keratosis. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or at (877) 336-4652. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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