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Actinic Keratosis (AK) Peel

Actinic Keratosis (AK) Peel

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After a lifetime of sun exposure, it is possible that the skin can be damaged.  Rough, scaly patches can appear and, if left untreated, these sun-damaged patches can further develop into skin cancer. Our Actinic Keratosis Peel can help!

What Is An Actinic Keratosis Peel?

Actinic Keratosis is a rough, scaly premalignant patch on the skin that develops from years of sun exposure. It is often found on the face, lips, ears, forearms, scap, neck or back of the hands. Left untreated, the risk of actinic keratosis turning into squamous cell carcinoma is 5-10%. This is where an Actinic Keratosis Peel can help. This chemical peel is a non-invasive way to exfoliate the skin cells, eradicate premalignant lesions and give the skin a healthier glow.  

How Does An Actinic Keratosis Peel Work?

During this chemical peel, a glycolic acid solution is applied to the area being treated and will sit for 2-3 minutes.   This solution is then neutralized or inactivated followed by the application of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to the actual actinic keratosis lesions.  During the following 1-2 weeks, the treated area will begin to flake and shed the surface layer of skin and there will be some scabs that form over the actinic keratoses.  As the skin heals, this leaves behind a layer of new, undamaged skin cells which will look more even in tone and texture.

Consultations Are Available Now

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Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with one of our knowledgeable medical staff at Twin Ports Dermatology for an in-person consultation.

Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Am I A Good Candidate For The Actinic Keratosis Peel?

If you have patches of Actinic Keratoses, you are a good candidate for the Actinic Keratosis Peel. An initial consultation with our medical staff will ensure that this is a good treatment for you.  If you are a candidate this is a treatment billable to insurance.

How Long Does A Typical Treatment Take?

The Actinic Keratosis Peel generally takes 30-40 minutes to complete. During this time the skin will be cleansed and dried, the solution applied for the prescribed amount of time, and then the solution will be neutralized and the area treated will be covered in sunscreen.

What Results Will I See?*

Within a few days of your AK Peel, the skin will begin to flake and shed revealing new skin cells that are smoother in tone and texture.

Is There Any Downtime?

There is no downtime with an AK Chemical Peel. The skin will be tender and red for a few days following the treatment. Patients will need to avoid sun exposure while the skin heals and apply sunscreen every 2 hours when outdoors.


*individual results may vary


Take the First Step - Request A Consultation

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If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Twin Ports Dermatology will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Duluth, MN office directly to schedule: 218-302-1000.

Twin Ports Dermatology serves the greater Duluth area. We’re the only locally owned private dermatology clinic & medspa in the area.

*Individual results may vary