Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratoses (AK), also called solar keratoses are scaly, crusty growths (lesions). They typically appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, bald scalp, lips, and the back of the hands, and are often elevated, rough in texture, and resemble warts.1 

Causes and Symptoms ₍₁₎

Actinic keratoses caused by damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Treatment ₍₁₎

Various treatment options are available, which depend on the growth’s characteristics and the patient’s age and health. Some of these strategies increase sun sensitivity, so check with your doctor, and be especially diligent about using sun protection during the treatment period. Common treatments include the following.