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- Fair complexion
- Easy sunburning
- Extra exposure to sun
- Occupations or pastimes in sunlight such as farmer, lifeguard, or athlete in outdoor sports
- Spotted or smeared red, thinning skin
- Rough, scaly, or crusted patches
- Chemical peel
- Photodynamic therapy
- 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) cream
- Imiquimod topical cream
- Diclofenac gel
- Ingenol mebutate gel
- Avoid sun exposure.
- Protect your skin when outdoors. Wear long sleeves, long pants or a long skirt. Use a wide-brimmed hat, especially during the middle of the day.
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology http://www.aocd.org
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Actinic keratosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated May 8, 2012. Accessed June 3, 2013.
Actinic keratosis. The Skin Cancer Foundation website. Available at: http://www.skincancer.org/ak/index.php. Accessed June 3, 2013.
Jeffes EW III, Tang, EH. Actinic keratosis. Current treatment options. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2000;1:167.
Rivers JK, Arlette J, Shear N, et al. Topical treatment of actinic keratoses with 3.0% diclofenac in 2.5% hyaluronan gel. Br J Dermatol. 2002;146:94.
Stockfleth E, Meyer T, Benninghoff B, Christophers E. Successful treatment of actinic keratosis with imiquimod cream 5%: a report of six cases. Br J Dermatol. 2001;144:1050.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013
- Update Date: 05/11/2013