Prevention / Looking after your skin

Can solar keratosis recur after treatment?

Solar keratosis results from long-term skin damage after over-exposure to the sun, so if you have had a solar keratosis lesion needing treatment, this indicates your skin has suffered sun damage so you may well have another episode. This means that you need regular checks to keep the condition under control.


How to reduce your risk of further solar keratosis

You can’t reverse the sun damage your skin has already accumulated, but what you can do it to take sensible precautions to stop further damage and reduce the chances of solar keratosis returning.


Reduce the risk of solar keratosis

Be extra cautious to protect your skin in the sun.

Avoid excessive skin exposure to direct sunlight, particularly between 11am and 3pm when it is at its strongest.

Protect your skin from sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and clothes that cover your arms and legs.

Apply sunscreen with a protection factor of 15 or higher (and blocking both UVA and UVB light) if you are in the sun, even on cloudy days. Don’t forget to reapply it every two hours if you are outdoors.

Make sure you never burn.

Do not use sunbeds or tanning machines3.


Check your skin

Examine your skin regularly, and see your doctor for any lesion that does not heal in six weeks7.

Please click here to view a short skin check video offering advice on sun damaged skin.