Actinic Keratoses

Actinic Keratoses

Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are sandpapery rough textured spots that are often located on the face, scalp or hands and develop after years of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. AKs are considered the earliest stage in the development of skin cancer and have the potential to progress to squamous cell carcinoma, a type of non-melanoma skin cancer that can be fatal if neglected.

Actinic Keratoses Treatments:

Generally, we will prescribe a topical cream or ointment to apply to the affected area to destruct the pre-cancerous cells. These medications are a variety of strengths and will be prescribed by your medical provider accordingly.

In addition to this, we normally have the patient come in for a series of 3 Photo-Dynamic Therapy treatments in which a medicine called Amulez Gel is applied to the skin and then activated by the light of the treatment. The PDT is LED and Infrared light (not UV light) which activates the Amulez Gel and gently destructs the pre-cancerous cells which are drawn to the surface of your skin by the “at home” medications prescribed.

What should I expect post PDT treatment or AK’s?

It is very important to arrive to your appointment with a hat, sunglasses and scarf. Although, you may be slightly red post treatment, we want you to avoid direct sun exposure and indoor lighting for 24-48 post treatment. Amulez Gel is cleansed off your face post treatment but remains absorbed for 24-48 hours which can get reactivated. Too much light exposure may cause a sunburn like response.