What Is Actinic Keratosis?

Actinic keratoses are scaly rough lesions that form on the surface of the skin. These growths vary in color from white to skin tone to red and can usually be detected by touch.

The affected areas are often found on the sun exposed skin such as the face, ears, hands, forearms and legs. If left untreated, these lesions can evolve into skin cancer over time.  Overexposure to the sun is the primary cause of actinic keratosis, so people with fair skin or who spend a lot of time outdoors are at higher risk for developing this condition.

Since actinic keratoses are considered precancerous, it’s a good idea to see your dermatologist for an evaluation. See our treatment video for more information.