Dr Jeremy Banky, Specialist Dermatologist, Melbourne

Solar Keratosis / Actinic Keratosis


Solar Keratoses, (often called sun spots) are red, scaling areas of skin on parts of the body which are frequently exposed to sunlight.

Actinic keratosesMost notably they occur on the face, ears, neck, forearms and hands in older patients. They are usually not painful or itchy, but may sting when exposed to sunlight, or if they are rubbed or scratched.

Solar Keratoses are not a skin cancer, but occasionally over time may evolve into a Bowen’s disease or squamous cell carcinoma.

Treatment includes sunscreen, cryosurgery, topical chemotherapeutic agents, PDT and curettage and diathermy.

Solar Keratoses formation indicates intensely sun damaged skin and is a warning sign that the skin is prone to developing skin cancer. Skin surveillance by Dr Banky is recommended.

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