Preventing Actinic Keratosis

Most sun damage is incurred from childhood through young adulthood. So minimizing exposure during those years is important. Using sunscreen every day and wearing hats are simple methods of protection. It is never too late to begin taking preventive measures and improve sun safety.

Studies have shown that while people can continue to get actinic keratosis (AK) even after strictly avoiding exposure to the sun, the number of lesions can be dramatically reduced when these preventive measures are taken.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 01 Sep 2000

Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015