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Actinic keratosis

As you get older, you may begin to notice rough, scaly spots appearing on your hands, arms, or face. These spots are called actinic keratoses, but they’re commonly known as sunspots or age spots.

Actinic keratoses usually develop in areas that’ve been damaged by years of sun exposure. They form when you have actinic keratosis (AK), which is a very common skin condition.

Symptoms:

  • Typically less than 2 cm, or about the size of a pencil eraser
  • Thick, scaly, or crusty skin patch
  • Appears on parts of the body that receive a lot of sun exposure (hands, arms, face, scalp, and neck)
  • Usually pink in color but can have a brown, tan, or gray base

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