Actinic or solar means sun-induced and the term keratosis refers to a thickened area of skin. Actinic keratoses are found on sun-exposed areas of skin and are common on the backs of the hands, the forehead and temples, a bald scalp and the lower legs. Actinic keratoses are usually harmless but a small number can progress to a skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma.
Actinic keratoses can vary in their appearance. In early actinic keratosis, the skin feels rough, dry and is sometimes difficult to moisturise effectively. Some are pink, red, skin coloured or brown. Treatments can differ depending on the type of actinic keratosis.
In your online consultation, you will receive advice and treatment options to suit your condition.
If an actinic keratosis becomes tender, raised or sore it should be checked, as these changes can indicate transformation into a squamous cell carcinoma.