Actinic keratosis (AK) is a dry, scaly patch that forms on the skin resulting from years of sun exposure. AK lesions can take a variety of appearances, but they are typically scaly (with a sandpaper-like feel) and range in color from skin-toned to reddish-brown. The lesions may be as small as the head of a pin or as large as a quarter (bigger even, if left untreated), and are considered the earliest stage in the development of skin cancer.

Actinic Keratosis Treatment

AKs should be treated as they can progress to squamous cell carcinoma. Dermatology Clinic of Idaho offers several options for the treatment of AKs, depending on a patient’s age, the number and size of lesions, success of past treatments, and personal preference. 

Options for treatment include cryosurgery (freezing of the lesions), shave removal, or curettage (scraping). There are also medications available for the treatment of AKs, and treatment regimens may vary depending on the kind of medication prescribed.

Dermatology Clinic of Idaho provides AK treatments at its Boise location.

Book an appointment to discuss treating your AK with our Board-Certified Dermatologist today.