Treatments For Keratosis



Too much keratin on skin can cause keratosis. Keratin is the main component of human hair and nails. This is a factor to keratosis’ coarseness and bumpiness. The good news is there are various treatments for any type of keratosis. All you have to do is to consult a dermatologist and be knowledgeable of the type of keratosis you have.

Treatments for Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis can be eradicated easily because they are just like viral warts in appearance.

•    Cryosurgery involves the exposure of affected area to temperature extremes, specifically cold, commonly with liquid nitrogen. Once it is frozen and hard, it is easier to remove.

•    In contrast to cryosurgery, electrocautery shaves off the affected area.

•    Among all treatments, laser is proven to be the most effective.

•    Aldara is a treatment also used for genital warts, but can also be used for actinic keratosis. It is a kind of drug which modifies the immune response.

•    5 Fluorouracil is also used for chemotherapy. It is an emulsion, usually in balm form that is applied to the AK to make it fall off by itself.

Treatments for Keratosis Pilaris

Commonly, KP is known as chicken skin. They are sometimes confused with acne. The truth is, sad to say there is no cure for KP yet.

•    The acid form of vitamin A, and glycolic acid can aid in KP’s improvement. This kind of treatment is also used for acne. It works by rushing skin growth, so that keratin will not overproduce on skin.  There will be lesser probabilities of hair follicles getting clogged which results in KP.

•    Another kind of retinoid that can support in improving KP is Adapelene. It also has exfoliating properties.

Treatments for Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis resembles actinic keratosis, but in this case, this type of keratosis is greasy. It may appear harmless, but its effects on one’s confidence are bad. The treatments could be the next.

•    Cryotherapy can be effective on thinner cases of SK.

•    Curette is used on SK in a process called curettage. The SK is scraped off, but SK can come back if there are no other sorts of treatment applied with it.

•    Laser treatments are effective in removing SKs.
•    Another form of SK treatment is electrocautery, which is also combined with curettage.

Now its time to go to your dermatologist and ask what type of treatment is suitable for you.

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