Actinic keratoses are sun damage spots that can appear anyplace on the body but especially on the face, arms and legs. They can look like red or brown scaly or elevated lesions on the skin. Seborrheic keratoses (“age spots”), seen in mature skin, tend to be thicker and slightly wart-like and vary in color from skin tone to dark brown. They also tend to appear on skin that has been exposed to the sun.
The best treatment for actinic and seborrheic keratoses is destruction of the lesions with either liquid nitrogen or acid therapy in a dermatologist’s office. If the lesions are not very elevated, our Sal-Hydro peeling and bleaching medicine can be very helpful when applied twice a day at home to peel and help fade the lesions over time. Shaving can be done as usual. Be sure to use a clean disposable razor each time you shave to avoid infection.
– Dr. Bussell
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