Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are considered the earliest stage in the development of skin cancer. They are common growths of the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin), and are caused by long-term exposure to sunlight, from as far back as childhood. AKs are most likely to appear after age 40. However, in geographic areas with year-round, high-intensity sunlight (such as Houston), AKs may be found in persons as young as their teens or 20s. Half of all older, fair-skinned persons who live in hot, sunny areas have AKs.

Treatment may include surgical removal and biopsy, since AKs may become Squamous cell carcinomas. Treatment also can include cryosurgery (liquid nitrogen to freeze surface skin), topical chemotherapy (a topical anti-cancer cream or lotion), photodynamic therapy (a natural chemical is applied to the skin), chemical peeling, or laser skin resurfacing. Depending on the type of AKs you might have, your dermatologist can recommend the proper type of treatment.

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Our cosmetic dermatology clinic is located in the Memorial area of Houston, Texas. We are just off I-10 west between downtown Houston and Katy. There is plenty of free parking available at our facility.

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1201 Dairy Ashford Rd Houston, TX 77079
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