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:


  • 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.

Actinic Keratosis Before and After Pictures Charlotte, NC

This picture was taken after 2 weeks of use of Imiquimod cream, a pre-cancer treatment. The results are expected and normal.

Actinic Keratosis Before and After Pictures Charlotte, NC

3 Weeks post use of Imiquimod treatment.

Actinic Keratosis Before and After Pictures Charlotte, NC

3 Months post Imiquimod treatment.












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.