Actinic keratosis (AK) is a rough, dry, scaly patch or growth that forms on the skin. An AK forms when the skin is badly damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or indoor tanning. Most people get more than one AK.

Symptoms of Actinic Keratosis

AKs are very common and one of the most frequent conditions we diagnose. Most become red, but some will be tan, pink, and/or flesh-toned. If left untreated, up to ten percent of AKs develop into squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer.

Actinic Keratosis Treatment in Frederick, Maryland

If you have patches or spots on your skin that look “different,” it’s always best to come in to Frederick Dermatology for a check-up. During your consultation, a practitioner will examine your skin, evaluate your concerns and recommend a treatment plan. Our expertise in dermatology will help us determine if treatment such as topical medication or cryotherapy (freezing) is most appropriate for you. Call Frederick Dermatology Associates for a medical appointment at 301-662-6755.

For more information about actinic keratosis visit the American Academy of Dermatology website