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What Is Actinic Keratosis, Exactly?

Old lady being examined by a dermatologist

 

Many common skin conditions out there—think skin tags, cherry angiomas, keratosis pilaris—are unsightly and annoying to deal with, but, at the end, of the day, don’t pose much of health risk. That’s one major thing that makes actinic keratosis different.

This commonplace issue has the potential to become a very serious problem, namely, skin cancer. But that doesn’t mean you should freak out if you have one of these rough patches of skin.

What is actinic keratosis?

Actinic keratosis, aka solar keratosis, is a type of pre-cancerous growth that appears as small, rough patches of discolored skin, says Kautilya Shaurya, M.D., a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. These patches—most of which are less than one centimeter in diameter, though can grow over time—can be light tan or darker brown.

 

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Source : Shape – What Is Actinic Keratosis, Exactly? By, Melanie Rud

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