Understanding Skin Lesions

Skin lesions are a very common issue that many individuals find themselves facing at one point or another in their lives. Some skin lesions can be painful, while others present little more than a source of cosmetic frustration. Seborrheic keratosis and actinic keratosis are two types of skin lesions that can be treated at The Dermatology Center. We can help you determine which type of lesion you’re dealing with, and guide you to the treatment option that will see you enjoying healthy, glowing skin once more. Worth noting is the fact that seborrheic keratosis can eventually progress and turn into skin cancer, so we recommend getting an examination as quickly as possible if you think you are potentially dealing with this issue. To learn more about how we can help you with keratoses, reach out to us at our Fredericksburg location and speak with a helpful member of our team today.

Where Do Skin Lesions Form?

Seborrheic keratosis is a type of non-cancerous skin lesion that tends to develop on the skin of older individuals. These lesions can show up just about anywhere on the body, and are most commonly seen on the chest, head, back, and neck.

The development of actinic keratosis or actinic keratosis can take place for a variety of reasons. In most cases, actinic keratosis is caused by frequent exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. These lesions are typically seen in areas that get exposed to the sun’s light most frequently. The areas that most commonly develop actinic keratosis include:

  • Hands
  • Ears
  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Shoulders

Telling The Difference

One of the primary issues with seborrheic and actinic keratoses is that they often look very similar. It can be difficult, for this reason, to determine which type of lesion you’re dealing with on your own, which is why we recommend coming in for an appointment if you think you might be dealing with one of these issues.

Seborrheic Keratosis

This type of skin lesion tends to be rougher in texture, though they can absolutely vary in appearance. Due to this fact, they can sometimes be more smooth to the touch, making it important to be sure you have your lesion identified by one of the experienced professionals at The Dermatology Center.

Actinic Keratosis

These lesions tend to be a bit easier to identify, as they more regularly take on a scaly and dry appearance, with crusted skin. These lesions have a tendency to appear in clusters on the body, and are often only slightly raised. Sometimes they can be tough to spot, due to their tendency to be skin-colored and blend in with the surrounding tissue.

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Trust the Experts at The Dermatology Center

If you’re dealing with seborrheic keratosis or actinic keratosis, or suspect that you might be, it may very well be time to set up your consultation at The Dermatology Center. We’ve earned a reputation for taking excellent care of our patients in Fredericksburg and beyond, and our technologically advanced practice utilizes the latest technology to ensure that you are able to enjoy clear, healthy skin every day. To learn more, reach out to us at our Fredericksburg office and speak with a helpful member of our team to set up your initial consultation today.

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