Actinic Keratosis: A Complete Guide


Actinic keratosis is a skin condition that deserves specialized attention, given its potential severity and its relationship to sun exposure.

Here we give you a complete perspective on this skin disorder, from its definition and causes to the treatments available and how we can help you at Dermomédica.

What is Actinic Keratosis?

Qué es la Queratosis Actínica

Also known as solar keratosis, it is a precancerous skin lesion that forms as a result of prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

It commonly manifests itself on areas of skin frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, lips, ears, backs of the hands, forearms, scalp, and neck.

These lesions are indicative of accumulated sun damage and can progress to squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, if not treated early.

Causes and Risk Factors

The primary cause of actinic keratosis is cumulative exposure to UV rays, either from direct sunlight or from artificial sources such as tanning beds.

Risk factors include having fair skin, a history of severe sunburn, being older than 40, living in a sunny climate, and having a history of long sun exposure or tanning bed use.

Causas y Factores de Riesgo

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Actinic Keratosis

Symptoms include rough or scaly patches on the skin, which may be pink, red, or brown, and may sometimes itch or bleed.

The diagnosis is made through a physical examination by a dermatologist such as Dr. Diana Tejada, and may require a biopsy to confirm the presence of abnormal cells.

Available Treatments for Actinic Keratosis

Treatments vary depending on the extent and number of injuries, including:

How can we help you at Dermomedica?

Our team, along with Dr. At the end of the study, they are prepared to offer you a detailed and personalized evaluation of your case.

With access to advanced treatments and a comprehensive approach to skin care, we are committed to providing you with the care you need to effectively treat actinic keratosis and prevent its progression to skin cancer.

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If you're concerned about lesions that could be actinic keratoses or just want your skin checked

Contact us to schedule a consultation. At Dermomédica, your health and well-being are our priority.

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