Solar Keratosis, also known as Actinic Keratosis, is a skin condition linked to sun damage. Solar Keratosis is characterised by rough, scaly patches of skin in sun exposed areas. These patches can vary greatly in colour and size, and may also be accompanied by skin redness, or have a yellowish crust. Solar Keratosis is very common and generally harmless/benign. In some cases it will clear itself up without any treatment, however, in a few cases it can progress and lead to the development of skin cancer.
What causes Solar Keratosis?
Solar Keratosis is a sign that skin has been damaged by the sun. As we age, our skin’s ability to repair itself diminishes, and, as such, we are more likely to develop conditions such as Solar Keratosis when our skin is overly exposed to harmful UV rays.
Where can you get Solar Keratosis?
Because Solar Keratosis is directly linked to sun damage, it is most commonly found in areas that are most exposed to the sun, such as the back of the hands, face, neck, ears and scalp.
Who can get Solar Keratosis?
Solar Keratosis is most common in people over the age of 50. Those who work outdoors or who have greater exposure to sun are at higher risk of developing the condition.