Actinic Keratosis in Charlotte, NC Darst Dermatology offers personalized actinic keratosis treatment in Charlotte, Matthews, and the surrounding North Carolina communities. What Is Actinic Keratosis? Actinic keratosis is a pre-cancerous condition that appears as scaly or crusty patches of skin. If you have fair skin and have spent a lot of time in the sun, you’re at higher risk for actinic keratosis. How Is It Treated? Many treatment options exist to treat actinic keratosis. Treatment options include the following: Cryosurgery: Destroys the pre-cancerous lesions Liquid nitrogen is sprayed on the lesions The lesions crust over and peel off Blu-U/Photodynamic Therapy: For actinic keratosis lesions on your face or scalp and other parts of they body Topical Creams: 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) treats both surface lesions, as well as those under the skin. Imiquimod cream (Zyclara and Aldara) are topical creams that cause your immune system to produce interferon, a chemical that destroys cancerous and precancerous cells. This picture was taken after 2 weeks of use of Imiquimod cream, a pre-cancer treatment. The results are expected and normal. 3 Weeks post use of Imiquimod treatment. 3 Months post Imiquimod treatment. Excision: Sometimes, a combination of treatment options is the best course of action. Dr. Darst will recommend a treatment plan that’s right for you. Dr. Darst, a board-certified dermatologist, offers expert actinic keratosis treatment to residents of Charlotte, Matthews, and other Metrolina communities in North Carolina. Schedule a consultation today by calling 704-321-3376. Darst Dermatology is conveniently located at 11301 Golf Links Drive North, Charlotte, NC 28277.