Other than being somewhat difficult to pronounce, actinic keratosis is a common skin affliction experienced by over three million people in the U.S. every year. If you are one of those people, you have come to the right place at Tamjidi Skin Institute. We are committed to figuring out the best way to treat your actinic keratosis, by providing the personal skincare we are known for in the Maryland and Virginia area.
What is Actinic Keratosis?
Also known as solar keratosis, actinic keratosis is the development of rough, scaly patch(es) on your skin from consistent exposure to the sun. These patches take years and years to develop, and usually don’t present themselves until 40 years of age or older. You will be at a higher risk to develop actinic keratosis if you have been frequently exposed to the sun or tend to freckle and burn under sunlight.
A patch or lesion that you discover on your face, lip, ear, hand, forearm, scalp, or neck won’t do much other than somewhat enlarge, but a small percentage of these patches could develop into skin cancer. All patches are fairly simple to clean up or remove before they develop into cancer, and if they are cancerous already, they usually progress to squamous cell carcinoma, which is highly treatable if detected and treated early.
Actinic Keratosis Treatment at Tamjidi
While actinic keratosis isn’t very debilitating or severe, it is important to recognize and treat it before it develops into something severe. Reducing UV exposure and protecting your skin from the sun are important steps to take to prevent it, but so is contacting our skincare experts at Tamjidi Skin Institute in Maryland and Virginia. Give us a call and see how we can best serve you and provide the skincare you deserve.