Scaly, rough, crusty growths caused by UV radiation linked to prolonged sun exposure is known actinic keratosis. There has been a shocking increase in cases of tumors and skin cancers as a result of sun exposure in recent years, so it is important to be aware of the consequences of UV radiation. Actinic keratoses are a pre-cancer skin lesion, seeing a dermatologist is crucial.
Getting treatment early is the best thing you can do for actinic keratoses. There are many treatment options available, and a dermatologist can help decide the best course of action by determining the severity. Photodynamic therapy can be useful for lesions on the face. A dermatologist will apply a topical serum to the affected area and use a concentrated light source to destroy actinic keratoses. Healthy skin tissue should be unaffected by this process. Surgical intervention may be necessary for some people. The type of surgery depends on severity and location of the damage among other aspects. Other topical medications may be prescribed as needed.
As with most types of skin damage, the best thing anyone can do is take preventative measures before the damage gets severe. Avoiding direct sunlight at the height of the day, wearing broad spectrum sunscreen even in the winter, and doing regular self-checks of skin are all crucial components of a lifestyle which keeps skin healthy. Seeing a dermatologist regularly, especially for people with fair complexions, is a good way to make sure any damage is caught early and treated before more serious complications arise.