Actinic keratosis is a type of skin damage in which rough, dry, scaly patches appear on the skin. In addition to being unsightly and uncomfortable, some actinic keratoses may lead to skin cancers so if you suspect you have this condition, we recommend you contact Glendale Dermatology for a consultation immediately.
How Would I Get an Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic damage is a sign of sun exposure and is caused by excessive amounts of ultraviolet rays hitting the skin. If you have used tanning beds or spend a lot of time in the sun over the years, eventually it may catch up with you in the form of actinic keratosis. Fortunately, this condition is treatable.
Is an Actinic Keratosis Skin Cancer?
If you have an actinic keratosis, it does not mean that you have skin cancer. However, actinic keratoses feature precancerous skin lesions, meaning there are precancerous skin cells that could develop into skin cancer, specifically squamous cell carcinoma. So, it is vital that you have Dr. Brezel examine and address any actinic damage to your skin as soon as possible.
How Do I Know if I Have Actinic Keratoses?
The only way to know for sure if you have actinic keratoses is to be examined by a certified dermatologist like Dr. Brezel. However, you may have this condition if you see red, white, pink, fleshy, or tan skin patches that feel dry, scaly, or crusty. These patches have a very distinctive rough texture.
What Is the Difference Between Actinic and Seborrheic Keratosis?
Seborrheic keratoses are non-cancerous skin growths that are not the result of sun exposure. They have a genetic basis and are completely harmless. They appear as a light brown or yellow raised spot that may thicken and darken over time. They appear almost stuck on top of your skin. While they are not harmful, they can be unsightly and irritating, and if you wish, we can easily remove your seborrheic keratoses at our office.
Treating Your Actinic Keratosis at Glendale Dermatology
Because some skin lesions are cancerous, Dr. Brezel will examine your skin carefully to understand the nature of your condition. At your consultation, if he determines you have actinic keratoses, he can propose a variety of safe, effective solutions to treat this issue.
Come to Glendale Dermatology for Your Actinic Keratosis Skin Consultation in Queens
Skin lesions are always something to be taken seriously. If you are experiencing the discomfort and unsightly appearance of scaly skin patches that may be actinic keratoses, please fill out our form below and submit it now to schedule your consultation with Glendale Dermatology.