Actinic Keratoses are precancerous skin lesions that may progress into squamous cell carcinomas. They usually occur in fair skinned individuals after years of sun exposure. Typical actinic keratoses are sandpaper-like rough, red spots that are more easily felt than seen. Most often, they are found on skin that receives the most sun: the forehead, ears, neck, arms, hands, lower lip and bald scalps.
Prevention of actinic keratoses begins avoiding prolonged sun exposure and using sunscreen. These measures should start in childhood, as the sun damage responsible begins in early life.
Various modalities are used to treat actinic keratoses. Cryosurgery, or freezing involved areas with liquid nitrogen, is the usual treatment for patients with few lesions.
Skin bumps come in many forms. For the most part, they are all benign, but should always be monitored if they change color, shape or bleed. There are numerous forms of skin bumps, including: milia, sebaceous hyperplasia, moles (nevi), Barnacles, red bumps (hemangiomas), warts, cysts, keloids, skin tags and keratosis pilaris. A few of the most common kinds of skin bumps are cysts, skin tags and keratosis pilaris.
Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material. Skin tags are tiny, outpouching areas of skin that develop for many reasons, such as hormonal changes, age or hereditary. They are completely harmless and do not require treatment, although many people elect to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Keratosis pilaris (commonly called KP) looks like chicken skin bumps on the upper arms and thighs. They can also appear on the cheeks, back, and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris is harmless, but the appearance can be bothersome. The condition is helped by finding a balance between exfoliation and moisture. Glycolic acid is also an effective product to use to treat this condition.
There is no one treatment that works for all the lumps and bumps on our skin. Traditional methods for removing skin tags and bumps, such as liquid nitrogen and glycolic acid. Affiliated Dermatology’s highly-skilled team of medical professionals, along with our state-of-the-art technology and treatments, can remove and help heal skin bumps such as cysts, skin tags and KP. We offer a variety of treatment options that smooth and eliminate skin bumps leaving you with smooth, clear skin.
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