Why Is My Skin Scaly?

One of the most disturbing things to suddenly see on your arm is a patch of skin that looks like you have sprouted fish scales. While dry and rough-looking skin can be caused by a variety of circumstances, one of the most annoying that requires aggressive dermatological treatment is actinic keratosis. This disease creates rough, scaly patches of skin that are caused by excessive sun or UV light exposure.

While the spots that are caused by this condition can disappear and reappear, they could possibly evolve into skin cancer. This is a very good reason why you should always have any skin lesions checked out by your dermatologist.

Actinic keratosiswill create lesions on your neck, hands, face, and scalp since UV exposure hits these areas the hardest. Symptoms will include raised skin, red and dry areas of the skin, and a burning or tingling sensation.

Treatment methods include the following:

  • Skin medications—Many gels and creams are available online or in stores to treat actinic keratosis.
  • Photodynamics—By treating the skin with a light-sensitizing solution, light therapy can then be used to eliminate any keratoses.
  • Chemical peels—A caustic chemical solution is used to remove the upper layer of the epidermis to release healthier and more vibrant skin cells.
  • Resurfacing—A laser is used to remove the outer layers of skin to encourage healthier new skin growth.
  • Cryotherapy—Growths are crystalized with liquid nitrogen. Then the skin can be peeled and new skin will grow in.

If you are worried by an abnormality on your skin, seek help from an experienced dermatologist. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acneeczemadandruffhair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.