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Actinic Keratosis & Your Treatment Options

Photo courtesy of: freedigitalphotos.net /  by Naypong

Photo courtesy of: freedigitalphotos.net / by Naypong


Actinic Keratosis is a condition developing a rough, scaly patch on your skin and it is mainly caused from years of exposure to the sun. The lesions (keratosis) that develops on your skin might become cancerous if it is not treated immediately.

There are many treatment options for actinic keratosis:

  • Surgical removal and biopsy: The lesions that develop on your skin can be surgically removed and then examined for possible cancerous outcomes.
  • Photodynamic therapy: This therapy is practiced by applying chemicals on the skin. Once the chemical is applied on your skin, a light is used to activate their reaction and destroy the keratosis. This method could cause burning, stinging, and changes in the pigmentation of your skin.
  • Cryosurgery: This method uses liquid nitrogen, which freezes the surface of the skin. This is the most commonly used therapy for the treatment of actinic keratosis. Cryosurgery could cause skin redness.
  • Chemical peel: The chemical peel is a chemical solution applied on your skin and causes the blistering and peeling away of the keratosis.
  • Chemotherapy: This is a method using a topical cancer medicine applied on the skin lesion or the entire area affected. It lasts 4-6 weeks and it might cause skin redness and blisters.
  • Immunomodulation: This therapy uses certain types of creams or gel, which have similar properties with those of chemotherapy. This therapy could cause: skin redness, itching, swelling and crusting.
  • Dermabrasion: This therapy uses a handheld device which smooths the skin and improves its appearance. Dermabrasion can cause skin redness and could be a painful procedure.

Do you suffer from Actinic Keratosis? See if you qualify for Horizon’s clinical study on Actinic Keratosis today!

Source: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-actinic-keratosis-treatment


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