We may love the sun, but the sun doesn’t always love our skin. A common side-effect of sun exposure which the average sun-lover may not realize, is called Actinic Keratosis.
This condition develops in the form of dry, scaly patches and lesions which accumulate on areas of the skin which have been exposed to the most sun, including the scalp, face, forearms, and back of the hands.
Actinic keratoses are usually scaly, feel like sandpaper to the touch, may resemble a wart and range in color from skin-toned to reddish-brown. Actinic keratoses may be as small as the head of a pin or as large as a quarter (or bigger, if left untreated). If left untreated can may develop into a Squamous Cell Carcinoma; in fact, 10% of untreated lesions develop into squamous cell carcinoma.
With that said, it is critical to your health and longevity to maintain a cautious eye on the development of these lesions. For treatment of the condition, there are a number of methods currently available:
- PDT (Levulan Keratin Treatment)
- Cryosurgery (Liquid Nitrogen)
- Shave removal
- Chemical Peels
- Esterson Dermatology Vitamin C Regime
To prevent further skin cancer treatments, it is always import to use an SPF of at least 30 complete with Zinc Oxide and Titanium dioxide. After all, health is beauty.