Do you have a keratosis?
As you age, so does your skin. Sun damage and wear and tear can take their toll, causing discolorations and growths to develop. If you notice a change in your skin, it’s important to consult a dermatologist to get a diagnosis and determine next steps.
What is a keratosis?
A keratosis is a growth on the skin that can be categorized as one of two types. A seborrheic keratosis is one of the most common noncancerous skin growths in older adults and usually doesn’t require treatment. An actinic keratosis is considered the earliest stage in the development of skin cancer and should be treated before the lesion has a chance to progress into skin cancer.
What does a keratosis look like?
A seborrheic keratosis can vary in color ranging from light tan to dark brown or black. They are oval and feel flat or slightly elevated and can develop on face, chest, shoulders or back. An actinic keratosis is a small, rough, pink-red spot that can become inflamed at times and is most commonly found on the face, ears, neck, lower arms and back of the hands.
Should you consult a dermatologist?
Changes in an existing skin condition or the development of new growths are both cause to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis. While seborrheic keratosis’ does not become skin cancer, they can be easily be confused with something more serious. An actinic keratosis can be treated, preventing the development of skin cancer, so getting an expert opinion is essential to ensure your particular type of keratosis is treated accordingly.Book an appointment now
- Get a definitive diagnosis
- Find out your treatment options
- Prevent skin cancer from developing
How can you prevent a keratosis?
There is no known cause for seborrheic keratosis’, but sun safety is a huge factor in preventing actinic keratosis’. Proper and diligent use of sunscreens, hats and large sunglasses can prevent sun damage in the first place and ensure any existing damage doesn’t get worse. Fair skinned people are at a higher risk for developing actinic keratosis, but if caught early, it can be treated before it turns into skin cancer.
- Hats and sunglasses
- Early detection
How is a keratosis treated?
Depending on the type of keratosis, your dermatologist might recommend liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, at-home topical field therapy, surgical excision or photodynamic therapy.
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