Actinic (solar) Keratosis

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About Actinic (solar) keratosis

Actinic (solar) keratosis are scaly spots or patches on the top layer of skin. With time the spots or patches may become hard with a wartlike surface.

Actinic keratosis is a rough, scaly patch on your skin that develops from years of exposure to the sun. It’s most commonly found on your face, lips, ears, back of your hands, forearms, scalp or neck.
Also known as solar keratosis, an actinic keratosis enlarges slowly and usually causes no signs or symptoms other than a patch or small spot on your skin. These patches take years to develop, usually first appearing in people over 40.
A small percentage of actinic keratosis lesions can eventually become skin cancer. You can reduce your risk of actinic keratosis by minimizing your sun exposure and protecting your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays.

When to see a doctor

It can be difficult to distinguish between noncancerous spots and cancerous ones. So it’s best to have new skin changes evaluated by a doctor — especially if a spot or lesion persists, grows or bleeds.

Causes

Actinic keratosis is caused by frequent or intense exposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds.

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of an actinic keratosis include:

  • A rough, dry or scaly patch of skin, usually less than 2.5 centimeters in diameter
  • Flat to slightly raised patch or bump on the top layer of skin
  • In some cases, a hard, wartlike surface
  • Color as varied as pink, red or brown
  • Itching or burning in the affected area

Risk Factors

Anyone can develop actinic keratosis. But you may be more likely to develop the condition if you:

  • Are older than 40
  • Live in a sunny place
  • Have a history of frequent or intense sun exposure or sunburn
  • Have red or blond hair, and blue or light-colored eyes
  • Tend to freckle or burn when exposed to sunlight
  • Have a personal history of an actinic keratosis or skin cancer
  • Have a weak immune system as a result of chemotherapy, leukemia, AIDS or organ transplant medications

Prevention is an investment in the future!

Prevention of actinic keratosis is important because the condition can precede cancer or be an early form of skin cancer. Sun safety is necessary to help prevent the development and recurrence of actinic keratosis patches and spots.

Take these steps to protect your skin from the sun:

Limit your time in the sun. Especially avoid time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. And avoid staying in the sun so long that you get sunburn or a suntan. Both result in skin damage that can increase your risk of developing actinic keratosis and skin cancer. Sun exposure accumulated over time may also cause actinic keratosis.
Use sunscreen. Daily use of sunscreen reduces the development of actinic keratosis. Before spending time outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Use sunscreen on all exposed skin, and use a lip balm with sunscreen on your lips. Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply it every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or perspiring.
Cover up. For extra protection from the sun, wear tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs. Also wear a broad-brimmed hat, which provides more protection than does a baseball cap or golf visor. You might also consider wearing clothing or outdoor gear specially designed to provide sun protection.
Avoid tanning beds. The UV exposure from a tanning bed can cause just as much skin damage as a tan acquired from the sun.
Check your skin regularly and report changes to your doctor. Examine your skin regularly, looking for the development of new skin growths or changes in existing moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks. With the help of mirrors, check your face, neck, ears, and scalp. Examine the tops and undersides of your arms and hands.
Protect your mole and skin, and use R47-PROTUMOL® cream for prevention. Prevention is an investment in the future.
After each sunbathing and tanning-bed session, apply a thin layer of R47-PROTUMOL® treatment cream on the warts and moles of your body and on the suspicious looking surface skin lesions.
On the one hand it is for prevention because it immediately provides surface skin protection against environmental effects. On the other hand it is also a barrier because with this preventive step you help in blocking the cancerous degeneration of wart and mole cells by means of the natural active ingredients.
However, the cream can also treat evolved skin cancer effectively as well!
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Complications

If treated early, almost all actinic keratosis can be cleared up or removed before they develop into skin cancer. If left untreated, some of these spots may progress to squamous cell carcinoma — a type of cancer that usually isn't life-threatening if detected and treated early.

Treatment

Today in almost 100% of the cases hospitals treat this disease with a surgery. However patients suffering from this skin malformation experienced spectacular improvement with the clinically tested R47-PROTUMOL® cream that contains high-quality plant-based active ingredients.

  • Clinically proven
  • Contains solely vegetable active agents
  • It does not contain steroids
  • Non toxic
  • No side-effects
  • Non invasive
  • Anyone can use it at any age
  • It can be applied on the whole surface of the body
  • It absorbs quickly, it leaves no stain on clothes, it doesn’t have an unpleasant smell