An actinic keratosis (AK)) is a small, crusty or scaly bump that arises on the surface of the skin. Also known as a solar keratosis, it is the result of prolonged exposure to sunlight, and while they are not cancerous, may sometimes be the first step leading to squamous cell carcinoma.
One of the most common skin conditions observed among people age 40-60 years old, an actinic keratosis generally develops in areas that have been exposed to years of damage by the sun, and usually appears on the face (including the earls and lips) as well as the neck, arms and hands. They often start out as scaly, thick, crusty skin patches that are usually about the size of a small pencil eraser, but may range in size from a pinpoint to several centimeters in diameter.
There are a number of different ways to treat an actinic keratosis, and a specific treatment plan is based on different factors in each case (including the location of the AK, its size and the overall health/age of the patient.) Some of the treatment options we offer include cryotherapy (spraying/freezing the lesion so that it scabs over and falls off), and photodynamic therapy. In addition, topical medications can also be used to treat actinic keratoses. When treated early, almost all actinic keratoses can be eliminated before becoming skin cancer, so it’s important to consult with a dermatologist as soon as you notice any potential signs of an Actinic Keratosis.
If you’re dealing with actinic keratosis and seeking expert treatment in Atlanta, Georgia, look no further than Atlanta Skin Wellness Center. Our team of highly skilled dermatologists specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of actinic keratosis, offering advanced options to effectively manage this common skin condition. With a patient-centered approach and a commitment to delivering exceptional care, we prioritize your well-being and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes. Don’t let actinic keratosis jeopardize your skin’s health—schedule your consultation with Atlanta Skin Wellness Center today and trust our experts to provide the specialized care you deserve. Reclaim healthy, radiant skin under the care of Atlanta’s preferred dermatologists at Atlanta Skin Wellness Center.