Actinic keratosis

What is actinic keratosis?

Actinic keratoses (also called solar keratoses) often appear as scaly patches. They can vary greatly in size, shape and color, but are usually less than 1cm across with a scaly white surface. However, they can be red, pink, skin colored, or a combination of these. The patch might feel rough and like sandpaper, which often makes it easier to feel than see.


Actinic keratoses develop as a result of long-term sun exposure and are a precursor to skin cancer. They can be found anywhere on the body, but some of the most common sites are those regularly exposed to the sun including the face, scalp, lips, forearms and backs of hands.

Learn more about actinic keratosis

Are you still unsure if you have AK, click here to see a video on how to check your skin.

If you want to understand actinic keratosis better and learn more about how to manage the condition, visit QualityCare™ for actinic keratosis. Here you can also read about prevention and treatment of sun-damaged skin.

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