Keratosis Skin Conditions
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 conditions cause keratoses that are harmless and also some that are precancerous (actinic keratosis must always be treated by a doctor) but they can also make the skin look disfigured with brown growths in the case of seborrheic keratosis.
People with light complexions are more susceptible to these keratosis skin conditions. Keratosis skin conditions will barely be noticed in the early stages. They are hardly noticed by sight when starting. They begin as a small rash that can only be felt when a hand is moved lightly on the skin. This rash grows gradually until the keratoses reach a size of about three to six millimeters when they can be termed as fully grown.
Keratosis skin conditions 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.
Keratosis skin conditions 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 taking care of keratosis skin conditions. It should be applied to the face, back of the neck, back of the hands, ears, 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 exposure to the sun is anticipated. This won’t treat keratosis but will help to prevent the condition getting worse.
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 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 to remove keratosis skin conditions include the use of glycolic acid spray, liquid nitrogen, hydrogen peroxide and the use of blood root.
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 do not effectively remove keratoses on all skin types hence it is very much encouraged to consult a doctor before starting application.