As a result of several years of sun exposure, a dry, scaly patch on your skin known as actinic keratosis can develop. At Dermatology Consultants of South Florida, we can safely and effectively treat this dermatological condition and improve the health and beauty of your skin.
Serving Coral Springs and surrounding areas in Florida, Dermatology Consultants of South Florida provides high-quality dermatological care for all of your skin concerns. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our team of experienced dermatologists and find out how to treat and manage your actinic keratosis.
What is Actinic Keratosis?
Also known as solar keratosis, this condition often begins as a small patch or spot on your skin and takes several years to grow after prolonged exposure to the sun. Actinic keratosis is characterized by:
- Rough, dry, or scaly patches of skin
- Flat or slightly raised bumps on the skin
- A hard, wart-like surfaces in some instances
- Pink, red, brown, or flesh-colored patches
- Itching or burning in the affected area
- Left untreated, this condition can potentially develop into skin cancer
As actinic keratosis can vary in its manifestation and could possibly be confused with other skin conditions, the best way to accurately diagnose and treat your condition is to schedule a consultation with our medical team.
What Causes Actinic Keratosis?
This condition is caused by frequent or intense exposure to the UV rays emitted by the sun or from tanning beds. Having pale skin that burns easily in the sun can put you at higher risk for developing this condition as well as having a history of this condition or skin cancer. Other factors may also influence this condition, and during your consultation with our medical team, we will assess your individual condition and properly diagnose actinic keratosis as well as recommend methods of safe and effective treatment.
Why Have Actinic Keratosis Treated?
While some instances of this condition subside on their own, they typically do recur after additional sun or tanning bed exposure. As it is difficult to determine which patches of skin can develop into skin cancer, it is important to have your condition evaluated by our skincare professionals to detect early warning signs and provide early treatment. During your consultation, we will create a treatment plan that directly benefits your skin with physician-directed solutions and long-lasting results.
Contact Dermatology Consultants of South Florida today to schedule a consultation and have your actinic keratosis properly diagnosed and treated to help keep your skin healthy and radiant.