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09-05-2011, 02:08 PM
What is a solar keratosis?

A solar keratosis is a small, thickened, scaly growth (or lump) which develops on the skin. It is caused by a lot of exposure to the sun over many years. One or more may develop. It is sometimes called an actinic keratosis.

What does a solar keratosis look like?

Each can range from the size of a pinhead to 2-3 cm across. Their colour can be light, dark, pink, red, the same colour as your skin, or a combination of these. The top of each one may have a yellow-white, scaly crust.

Solar keratosis usually develop on areas of skin which have been exposed to the sun a lot. For example, on the face, neck, ears, bald patches on the scalp and the backs of the hands. They may also appear in other areas (such as the back, chest and legs) in people who do a lot of sunbathing. There are usually no other symptoms. Rarely, you may get an itchy or prickling sensation from affected areas of skin.

Are solar keratosis dangerous?

In themselves, solar keratoses are not cancerous and do no harm. But, they can sometimes be unsightly. Also, up to about a quarter of solar keratosis will clear away by themselves without any treatment over the course of one year.

What is the treatment for solar keratosis?

- No treatment may be an option
- Freezing a solar keratosis with liquid nitrogen
- A cream or gel
- Photodynamic therapy

Can solar keratosis be prevented?

- Stay out of strong sunlight. In particular avoid sun between 11am and 3pm.
- Seek natural shade in the form of trees or other shelter.
- Wear clothes as a sunscreen including T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and hats.
- Use a broad spectrum sun screen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to protect against UVB and UVA.


09-05-2011, 03:42 PM
i just looked this up. your blog is accurate but even though solar keratosis is not dangerous in itself you should have them looked at because they can turn into skin cancer.

10-15-2011, 08:24 AM
Sometimes a sunspot will give clues, such as growing rapidly, becoming red, scabby/bleeding, thickened or tender especially when squeezed. Such a spot should be partly or completely removed to be checked under the microscope by a pathologist, and then treated appropriately if it is a cancer.

Sometimes however, a red scaly patch that looks like “just a sunspot” can actually be something far worse.

This is why it is so important to follow up on any “sunspot” that is behaving differently – for example, not responding

10-19-2012, 07:55 AM
A solar Keratosis is a scaly full area of skin that is caused or affected by repeated sun damages over many days.A few herbal remedies for Actinic and solar keratosis: Green tea
Milk thistle
Cider vinegar.

10-22-2012, 07:08 AM
Whenever I went to the sun I got some rashes Don't know what to do please provide some solution!!!

08-08-2013, 08:20 AM
Keratosis refers to a gaggle of skin color problems which might be a result of unusual growth associated with keratin, which is a essential structural necessary protein present in your skin layer, tresses along with fingernails or toenails.
Your severity associated with signs along with cure routine will vary using the type of keratosis.
You will discover a few popular sorts of keratosis, such as actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis along with keratosis pilaris.

08-27-2014, 10:49 AM
Solar keratosis is the skin condition in which your skin can damaged by the sun. It is caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun.

sophia ellison
06-24-2015, 06:35 AM
The condition in which your skin is damaged by the sun and caused by ultraviolet rays is called solar keratosis. Red, rough and scaly skin is the symptoms of solar keratosis. You may be recommended to apply sun cream with high SPF that helps to treat your damaged skin and recover it slowly. Avoid stay out in sunlight. Always wear long-sleeved shirts and use high SPF sunscreen before going outside.

10-03-2016, 11:57 AM
An actinic keratosis, also known as a solar keratosis, is a scaly or crusty growth (lesion). It most often appears on the bald scalp, face, ears, lips, backs of the hands and forearms, shoulders, neck or any other areas of the body frequently exposed to the sun. You’ll often see the plural, “keratoses,” because there is seldom just one.

In the beginning, actinic keratoses are frequently so small that they are recognized by touch rather than sight. It feels as if you were running a finger over sandpaper. Patients may have many times more invisible (subclinical) lesions than those appearing on the surface.

Most often, actinic keratoses develop slowly and reach a size from an eighth to a quarter of an inch. Early on, they may disappear only to reappear later. Most become red, but some will be light or dark tan, pink, red, a combination of these, or the same color as your skin. Occasionally they itch or produce a pricking or tender sensation. They can also become inflamed and surrounded by redness. In rare instances, actinic keratoses can even bleed.

If you have actinic keratoses, it indicates that you have sustained sun damage and could develop any kind of skin cancer – not just squamous cell carcinoma.