A solar keratosis is a scaly patch of skin caused by exposure to the sun’s damaging rays. This rough patch of skin often develops on higher points of the body that gets a lot of sun, such as the face, the arms, and the head. The growth of the scaly skin will range in size and in thickness. The size of the patch will also grow progressively over years of sun exposure. Solar keratosis causes skin discolorations and yellow-white scaly crust.
Is Solar Keratosis Cancerous?
Although unsightly, solar keratosis is not cancerous and is quite harmless. Most people who develop solar keratosis do not require treatment at all. The thick patch of skin will clear up as soon as sun exposure is avoided.
However, exposure to ultraviolet rays increases the risk of skin cancer. That’s why solar keratosis is regarded as a precursor to cancer. 1 in 10 cases of solar keratosis develops into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) over a 10-year period. SCC is not as serious as melanoma because the former is slow growing. SCC is completely treatable if diagnosed early.
Home Remedies for Solar Keratosis
Most treatments for solar keratosis are aimed towards restoring the elasticity of the skin and softening the thick patch of rough skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works by rebalancing the skin and neutralizing the ravages of UV rays. The nutrients from apple cider vinegar also restore the natural pH of the body while softening the scaly growth of the skin. To use apple cider vinegar as a treatment for solar keratosis, add two cups full in your bath water. Soak in the solution for at least 20 minutes, concentrating on the affected area. You can also apply apple cider vinegar directly on the affected area by saturating a clean washcloth.
Iodine is an antiseptic solution that kills bacteria, fungus, and viruses while keeping inflammation down. It accelerates healing by repairing damaged skin tissues and eliminating infected cells without destroying healthy cells!
Surprisingly, iodine is comprised of nutrients that restore the skin’s good health. To use iodine to treat solar keratosis, get a cotton ball and saturate it with the solution. Apply on the affected area two to three times per day. Keep the affected area protected from sun exposure for maximum results.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants, which can neutralize oxidative stress. Studies show that green tea is an effective treatment for all types of cancer. Green tea is also loaded with bioactive compounds that protect healthy cells from cell mutation!
To use green tea to relieve solar keratosis, you can either drink tea at least twice per day or apply moist tea bags over the affected area.
Preventing Solar Keratosis
Although these home treatments are effective in repairing skin damage, they do not compare to avoiding sun exposure completely.
Wear protective clothing during the day and slather a broad-spectrum sunscreen with high SPF if you must head outside. Make it a habit of slathering sunblock every day even if you won’t stay out for too long.