What Is Actinic Keratosis?

What Is Actinic Keratosis?

What Is Actinic Keratosis?

Also known as solar keratosis, the condition causes rough scaly patches to develop on your skin. The disorder is a type of precancer, that is, if the condition is left untreated it can potentially turn into cancer over time. Learn more about actinic keratosis and how it can be treated by reaching out to your Kissimmee and Ocoee, FL, skin expert, Dr. Clifford Lober.

Sun Exposure

The most common cause for the condition is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light without protection, just as is the case with any type of skin cancer.

You can be at higher risk of developing the condition if you have blond or red hair, blue or green eyes, a fair complexion, a history of sunburns, or a weakened immune system.


Rough and raised bumps are the most common symptoms of actinic keratosis, these usually have a yellow or brown crust, but they can vary in color. Because these symptoms could point to a number of skin conditions, you want to consult with your dermatologist about any sudden skin changes.

Other symptoms of actinic keratosis include burning, stinging, itching, dry lips, bleeding, skin growths, pain, and tenderness.

Actinic Keratosis Treatment in Kissimmee and Ocoee, FL

Treatment for actinic keratosis will depend on what your symptoms look like and how many patches you have.

Our doctor can prescribe medicated creams to treat the condition but may recommend removing the growths with in-office treatments. Chemical peels can safely remove unwanted patches and, as you heal, it will be replaced with a new layer of healthy skin.

Cryotherapy is a procedure that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and remove skin growths. Or your doctor may opt to scrape or cut away these growths.

If you are concerned about actinic keratosis and live in or near the area of Kissimmee and Ocoee, FL, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lober by dialing (407) 846-7166 to reach the Kissimmee, FL, office and (407) 656-9700 for Ocoee, FL.

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