If you struggle with patchy, rough, or scaly skin due to actinic keratosis, help is within reach at Kessel Dermatology in Hamilton Square, Mercer and Trenton County area, New Jersey. The board-certified and licensed dermatology specialists provide treatments that eliminate bothersome symptoms to restore your skin’s health and overall appearance. Call the office to learn more or request an appointment online today.
Actinic keratosis is a skin condition that can cause scaly, dry, or rough skin patches after years of sun exposure. This skin condition often develops slowly and appears in people over 40. When left untreated, about 5-10% of cases of actinic keratosis develop into skin cancer. See the Kessel Dermatology specialists at the first sign of actinic keratosis or other skin conditions.
The symptoms of actinic keratosis include:
These and other symptoms may appear on the sun-exposed skin on your hands, forearms, head, neck, face, lips, ears, scalp, or other areas.
When left untreated, actinic keratosis might progress to squamous cell carcinoma — a form of skin cancer.
The causes and risk factors associated with actinic keratosis include:
The best ways to reduce the risk of actinic keratosis is to limit sun exposure, protect your skin from the sun when you’re outdoors, and avoid tanning beds. Examine your skin regularly to check for new or unusual changes in its texture, color, and appearance.
Your Kessler Dermatology provider diagnoses actinic keratosis after examining your skin, asking about your medical history and symptoms, and ordering a skin biopsy or other diagnostic tests to screen for skin cancer. Then, they customize a treatment plan and let you know what to expect.
Treatment for actinic keratosis depends on whether you’ve developed skin cancer, its severity, your treatment preferences, and the desired results. In addition to protecting your skin from the sun, your specialist may recommend medications or procedures to remove actinic keratosis.
They might suggest freezing or scraping the affected tissues, laser treatment, or phototherapy by exposing your skin to a special light that destroys actinic keratosis.
After treatment, you can expect healthier skin and a reduced risk of skin cancer. Continue to protect your skin from the sun, examine your skin regularly, and see your dermatology specialist for routine skin checks.
To get screened or treated for actinic keratosis, call the Kessler Dermatology office or use the online booking feature today.