Actinic keratosis is a type of precancerous lesion that is on the skin. It is characterized by rough, itchy patches of skin or bumps that appear on the skin. Most commonly they appear on the face, neck, hands, and lips. AKs affect millions of people every year. If left untreated, these can rarely turn into squamous cell carcinoma. If you have any AKs appear, it is pertinent that you see a dermatologist. Dr. Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist who can help to diagnose the actinic keratosis and find a treatment plan for you. Come into Essential Dermatology in Natick, MA to get started today.

What Causes Actinic Keratosis?

This skin condition is caused by skin damage from ultraviolet radiation. People who get AK’s tend to spend a lot of time outdoors in the sunlight or use tanning bed frequently. People who are naturally fair-skinned, have a weak immune system, or burn easily in the sun are more likely to get AKs than others. Though most of the time AKs go away, anyone who has had one should regularly see a dermatologist. If left untreated then these can develop into cancer.

Symptoms of Actinic Keratosis

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dry lips
  • Rough skin patches
  • Scaly
  • Can look like a horn
  • Pink or red
  • Sometimes white or brown

Treatments for Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis is more often felt than seen. If you start to notice symptoms, then consult with a dermatologist. Dr. Krathen will diagnose your AK and find a treatment method that will work best for your lifestyle, symptoms, and concerns. Various forms of treatment are cryotherapy, curettage, chemical peels, and different topical medications. There are many different options that Dr. Krathen may recommend based on the severity of the AKs. Some treatments are done in-office while others can be done at home.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have noticed symptoms of actinic keratosis or have had AKs before then you should seek out a dermatologist. Dr. Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Natick, MA at Essential Dermatology. He can diagnose your AKs and find the right treatment method for you. To get started, call our office at (508) 545-9713 or request a consultation by filling out our online form. To book an appointment, schedule your visit as a new patient using our online scheduler or as an existing patient using the Mass General Brigham Patient Gateway.

Meet Dr. Michael Krathen

Dr. Michael Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist with more than a decade of medical training and experience. A specialist in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, he uses expertise, collaboration, and compassion to help people of all ages discover their healthiest and most radiant skin.

Credentials You Can Trust

American Academy of Dermatology
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
New England Dermatological Society
Alpha Omega Alpha
Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology
Dr. Michael Krathen