Types Of Keratoses

Keratoses are common occurrences on the skin; especially as one grows older. This skin problem has a link with sunlight and old age. This had led to its common occurrence. This had led to a situation in which a great percentage of those who are above forty years of age are having the skin problem. The skin condition is of different types. Through this write up, you are going to learn about the different types that are available and the characteristics of each type of keratoses on your skin.

Actinic type

This type of keratoses is very common. It can be referred to as senile or solar type. It can come with different colors when it grows on the skin. It usually looks thickened and rather coarse. It usually grows on the parts of the body that are mostly exposed to sunlight; like the face and the arms. Usually, it has a kind of reddish brown color. Age and extensive exposure to sunlight had been discovered to be responsible for it. It is in your best interest to get rid of it immediately you notice it; since this type of keratoses can eventually lead to cancer.  Your physician will be able to direct you on the right treatment method to implement.

Seborrheic type

The seborrheic type of keratoses is also somewhat common. This type does not necessarily occur in areas of the skin exposed to the sun. In most cases, it can be found on the chest and the back. It usually has this oily appearance. But anyone having it can put his or her mind to rest with the consolation that this type of skin problem does not lead to cancer. When you allow your clothing to brush over this type of keratoses, you are sure to feel a painful sensation.

The pilaris keratosis

The pilaris type of keratoses is the same as the follicular type. This one had been linked to genetic malformation. It is usually experienced from birth. It usually appears as reddish rough bumps on the arm and the chest. Overgrowth of keratin had been implicated to be the cause.  This type also does not lead to cancer.


In order to treat any of them, you may need to consult your doctor. There are some specially made topical creams that can be applied directly to the surface of the keratoses and you can be sure of getting positive result from consistent application.


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