Why Sun Spots or Actinic Keratoses Should be Removed
Actinic keratoses are brown spots that appear on the skin from sun damage. Also called sun spots or even freckles, these brown spots are linked with aging, occurring on exposed areas like the hands, face and chest. While some people want to have sun spots removed for cosmetic reasons, there are other concerns besides aesthetics. Actinic keratoses is often a pre-cancerous skin formation, which can transform into skin cancer if left in place.
When Should a Sun Spot be Removed?
While some freckles are harmless, actinic keratoses is an early form of skin cancer. These spots are usually red-brown in color and are raised, dry and scaly to the touch. Sun spots are created from overexposure to the sun and the cells in the skin can be affected. Removal can be quick and painless when completed at a dermatology office. Removal options include:
- Topical creams
- Chemical peels
- Liquid nitrogen
Removing the sun spots can reduce the chance of them evolving into more advanced skin cancer and can have a beneficial side effect of improving the appearance of the skin. Sun spots can make the skin appear older, especially on the hands and face. Removal of actinic keratoses can help make you look younger, while protecting your health. The options for removal are not painful and can be performed quickly in an office or clinic setting.
If you have sun spots that you are concerned may be actinic keratoses, or just want them removed for cosmetic reasons, contact a local dermatologist that offers sun spot removal. They can give you options for sun spot treatments and discuss ways to prevent actinic keratoses in the future.
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Medical Dermatology Specialists
5730 Glenridge Drive, Suite T-100
Atlanta GA 30328
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