Actinic Keratosis Symptoms
Because actinic keratoses typically develop over time, they are most common in patients over 40, however they can occur in patients as young as teenagers. Patients who deliberately expose their skin to sunlight by avoiding sunscreen products and using tan accelerators and tanning beds have a high risk of developing actinic keratoses.
Patches of dry, scaly skin ranging in size from a pen tip to a half dollar should be checked out by a dermatologist to prevent an occurrence of actinic keratosis from going untreated and progressing into a more serious skin condition.
An actinic keratosis may form on any area of skin that is exposed to the sun, including the face, ears, scalp, neck, arms and hands. When actinic keratosis occurs in the lips, it is referred to as actinic cheilitis.