Cosmetic Dermatologist Serving Beverly Hills, Larchmont & surrounding areas of Los Angeles
Actinic keratosis is a direct result of repeated sun exposure. It doesn't show up until later years and can often be a surprise when it does.
Besides the displeasing appearance and feel, actinic keratosis can be a suggestion that skin cancer could follow. Not all AKs become skin cancer, but it's smart to have them checked by a dermatologist who knows what to look for. Without a trained eye, it's difficult to impossible to self diagnose whether a rough raised area is an AK or a beginning stage skin cancer.
Summer is almost here. If you’re planning on enjoying the long, sunny days we typically experience in the Beverly Hills area, you’ll need to take some steps to protect your skin from sun damage. The sun’s UV rays can result in the development of wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. It’s crucial that you do your part to provide your skin with the protection it needs.
You may be really frustrated by the presence of age spots on your skin. Concealer is sometimes effective in covering up these pesky brown spots, but many people get frustrated by the need to use a concealer every day in order to experience even, unmarred skin.
Here are the contributing factors for age spots:
Age spots can make you look a lot older than you are. These discolorations are also referred to as "brown spots" and "liver spots." Although the decreased cell turnover associated with age contributes to these spots, they are actually caused by sun exposure. Prolonged time soaking up UVA/UVB rays causes your body to respond with an increase in melanin.