Keratosis Skin Problems

Keratoses (singular keratosis) are small, dry, scaly and crusty growths that are found mostly in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun. Keratosis skin problems cause seborrheic keratoses that are harmless and some which are cancerous (actinic keratosis should be treated by a doctor immediately) and they can make the skin look ugly affecting your self esteem.

People with light complexions are more susceptible to these keratosis skin conditions. A keratosis will barely be noticed in the early stages. They are hardly noticed by sight when starting. They begins as a small rash that grows gradually until the keratoses reach a size of about three to six millimeters when they can be termed as fully grown.

Keratoses are believed to be caused by ultraviolet rays from sunlight due to the high probability of the lesions to be found in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun like the bald head, the back of the neck, face, ears, back of the hands and the forearms.

Keratoses do not have a vaccination that will assure you of prevention but one sure way of being safe is simply ensuring that exposure of the skin to the sun’s rays is very minimal since these rays are the main causes of the condition.

Sunscreen is also a good way of keeping keratosis skin problems at bay. It should be applied to the face, ears, back of the neck, back of the hands, forearms and any other skin surface that would normally come to contact with the sun. Sunscreen is applied in the mornings on the days that sun exposure is anticipated.

Hats can also be used to cover the head in the event that the person has a bald head since it is one part of the body that hugely suffers from exposure to the sun’s rays.

Keratosis skin problems can be treated in many ways, some surgical, others complex methods to be handled only by qualified doctors and others simple home remedies. The home remedies that can remove keratosis include the use of glycolic acid spray, liquid nitrogen and the use of hydrogen peroxide.

Glycolic acid can be dangerous when used on the face hence it is discouraged for application on the face but it works very well in removing keratoses on most of the other parts of the body. It might also sting a little bit on the first application but will soon be tolerable.

Liquid nitrogen and Glycolic acid can cause irritation when removing keratoses on some skin types hence it is always encouraged to consult a doctor before application.

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