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Actinic keratoses (solar keratoses)


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Actinic keratoses patches can feel dry, rough and scaly. They usually appear on parts of your body exposed to the sun, like the face, arms and legs.

Treatment for actinic keratoses includes prescription creams and gels, freezing the patches off with cryotherapy, surgery and photodynamic therapy.

Things that can help with actinic keratoses include checking your skin regularly and wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Actinic keratoses, also known as solar keratoses, are patches of skin that have been damaged by the sun.

Page last reviewed: 14/06/2023
Next review due: 14/06/2026