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What prescription creams treat actinic keratosis?

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Your doctor can prescribe drugs you put on your skin to kill precancerous AK cells.

If your skin is too sensitive for these creams, hyaluronic acid paired with the drug diclofenac (Solaraze) can treat AK.

  • Imiquimod (Aldara, Zyclara)
  • 5-fluorouracil (Carac, Efudex, Fluoroplex)
  • Ingenol mebutate (Picato)

From: Can You Reverse Sun Damage? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lily Uihlein, MD, pediatric dermatologist, Loyola University Medical Center.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Repair (and Even Reverse) Signs of Sun Damage.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Sun Exposure & Skin Cancer.”

Flament, F. , September 2013. Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Skin Association: “Sun Safety.”

Cho, S. , June 2010. Dermatology

Darvin, M. , September 2014. Journal of Biophotonics

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Chemical Peels” and “Cryotherapy.”

Garcia, A. May 1996. Dermatologic Surgery,

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin A.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 06, 2019

SOURCES:

Lily Uihlein, MD, pediatric dermatologist, Loyola University Medical Center.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Repair (and Even Reverse) Signs of Sun Damage.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Sun Exposure & Skin Cancer.”

Flament, F. , September 2013. Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Skin Association: “Sun Safety.”

Cho, S. , June 2010. Dermatology

Darvin, M. , September 2014. Journal of Biophotonics

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Chemical Peels” and “Cryotherapy.”

Garcia, A. May 1996. Dermatologic Surgery,

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin A.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 06, 2019

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