Mild Actinic Keratoses (Solar Keratoses) Skin Lesions- Best Guide 2022

Actinic Keratosis
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Actinic keratoses is a crusty or scaly place arising in the skin. Spots could appear tan, pink, red, or all of these. Bumps could be dark or light or the same color as your skin. Skin lesions grow slowly over time to reach a size that is usually from a quarter to a half of an inch.

Lesions often appear on the face, ears, scalp, neck, backs of hands and forearms, and lips. If untreated, lesions can grow large and invade surrounding tissue cells and, on rare occasions, metastasize or spread into more serious forms of skin cancer.

Actinic keratoses is considered one of the most common pre-cancerous skin lesions. Individuals with skin type I-III (light skinned) are most likely to develop actinic keratoses. The condition is directly related to sun exposure, and therefore is sometimes called “solar keratosis”. In fact, fair-skinned individuals living in sunny climates have over 50 percent chance of developing actinic keratoses. Individuals aged 40 and more are at high risk, with more men affected by this common, pre-cancerous skin tumor than women. Furthermore, regardless of age, all individuals with blue eyes and or childhood freckling are at a higher risk for actinic keratoses.

As the individual ages, the areas of the skin with high sun exposure will be at risk to develop lesions, varying from a pinhead size to several centimeters in diameter. The best way to look for lesions is to palpitate (touch) the area, and feel for tenderness, as opposed to visually looking for the lesion. Some of the more common areas at risk include the face, back, hands, neck, chest, ears (in men), and upper back. The lesions have a scaly appearance, with a blotchy shape and a red color. Sometimes, the lesions may also have a skin color, which is why palpitating for the lesion is so important.

The best way to prevent actinic keratoses is to wear sunscreen and to try to avoid prolonged sun exposure. Youth should also have reduced exposure to sunlight during their childhood.


Actinic keratoses is pre cancerous, and therefore we recommend immediate treatment. The rate of transformation from skin lesion to skin cancer is debated, with approximately one in twenty-five individuals with actinic keratoses later reporting to have developed skin cancer. The good news is that there are many effective ways of treating actinic keratoses. Cryosurgery is a popular form of treatment, using liquid nitrogen to freeze single lesions. Cost: between $250 and $500. Lesions may reappear later, requiring additional treatment.

Topical 5-fluorouracfil is another effective method used to treat multiple lesions. The medication is applied twice daily for three to four weeks. Normal skin is unaffected, and keratosis will erode away.

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The best way to prevent actinic keratoses is to wear sunscreen and to try to avoid prolonged sun exposure. Youth should also have reduced exposure to sunlight during their childhood.

Check If You Have Actinic Keratoses:

The patches include:

can feel dry, rough, and scaly, or like sandpaper; can be the same colour as your skin, or range from pink to red to brown; and can be itchy.

Treatment For Actinic Keratoses


If you only have one skin patch, your doctor may advise you to wait and see if it goes away on its own.

Treatment is usually recommended if you have more than one patch or if a patch is causing you problems such as pain and itchiness. A general practitioner may refer you to a skin specialist (dermatologist).

Actinic Keratoses Treatments Include:

prescription creams and gels freezing the patches (cryotherapy), which causes the patches to turn into blisters and fall off after a few weeks surgery to cut out or scrape away the patches – you will be given a local anaesthetic first, so it will not hurt photodynamic therapy (PDT), which involves applying a special cream to the patches and shining a light on them to kill abnormal skin cells.

Things you can do to help

It is critical to avoid further sun damage if you have actinic keratoses. This will prevent you from developing more skin patches and will lower your risk of developing skin cancer.

DO: Before going out in the sun, apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and reapply as needed.

When you’re out in the sun, wear a hat and clothing that completely covers your legs and arms.

DON`T: Sunlamps and sunbeds should not be used as they can also cause skin damage.

Avoid going out in the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun is at its hottest.

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