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What is Actinic Keratosis


The environment takes a massive toll on our skin and no condition makes this more obvious than actinic keratosis. Sufferers of this common problem can receive treatment through aesthetic medical technology, such as Fraxel® Skin Resurfacing Toronto, however, making it possible for them to move on with their life without having to worry about their health or appearance.

Actinic keratosis is also referred to as “senile” or “solar” keratosis and is a condition that is characterized by scaly, crusty or thick skin patches that progressively grow into tough, bumpy areas. This form of keratosis is usually coloured pink, red, tan, or a combination of the three. It can appear in various degrees of lightness or darkness but can also be the exact same tone as the rest of an individual’s skin, making it harder to spot. The areas of the body that are most commonly affected by actinic keratosis are those that are most frequently exposed to the sun (hands, forearms, face, neck, ears, etc.). The condition is, not just unpleasant for sufferers to live with, but can be dangerous if left untreated for too long.

Who’s at Risk?

Fair-skinned people make up the demographic most at risk for developing actinic keratosis. Because people with lighter skin have less pigmentation, which acts as protection from the sun, their skin is more easily damaged. Although incidents of actinic keratosis are most common for this demographic, the condition can affect anyone and has been diagnosed across all skin types. Excessive exposure to UV rays can lead to keratosis development for people of any age or skin colour.

How Can it Be Treated?

Individuals who suffer from actinic keratosis can seek treatment that heals and restores their skin. One of the most popular procedures is laser resurfacing, an option that is offered at many cosmetic medical clinics. Fraxel® Skin Resurfacing is one of the most advanced laser resurfacing treatment methods currently available and represents a great choice for actinic keratosis patients. It uses extremely precise lasers to target areas of injured or damaged skin (such as an area affected by actinic keratosis) and eliminates the problematic tissue so new, healthy cells can grow in its place.Fraxel® treatment is able to resolve various skin conditions and is applicable in repairing skin affected by actinic keratosis. The procedure is almost entirely painless due to its use of sophisticated lasers that target only damaged tissue without harming the surrounding area. Recovery is quick as well, making it an ideal choice for keratosis sufferers.

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