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What is actinic keratosis?

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Also called solar keratoses, these scaly, crusty patches are forms of sun damage, but they can also turn into a bigger problem. Without treatment, up to 10% of them may turn into skin cancer.

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 11, 2017

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 11, 2017

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