Last Modified on Sep 15, 2014
Solar keratosis is considered the most common skin condition that results from repeated sun damage over many years. While the condition is typically harmless, a small risk exists that a solar keratosis patch may develop into skin cancer. As such, appropriate treatment must be taken, including effective natural remedies.
What is Solar Keratosis?
A solar keratosis is a rough, scaly patch or growth on a sun-exposed area such as the face or head. Caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation, a solar keratosis typically develops over many years. The growths range in size from the thickness of a pinhead to 2 or 3 cm in diameter. The growths typically appear light, dark, pink or red in color and may have a yellow-white scaly crust.
Home Remedies for Sun-Damaged Skin
Treatments for solar keratosis focus on restoring the natural elasticity and balance of the skin. Treatments also work to eliminate damage and restore the composition of damaged skin. A number of treatments have been identified; however, apple cider vinegar, iodine and green tea are among the most effective.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar functions as a natural balancing agent. This treatment is typically used in combination – internally and externally – which serves to restore the natural pH of the body and skin. Apple cider vinegar also eliminates the scaly growth that is common with solar keratosis.
Iodine is a natural antifungal and anti-inflammatory agent, making it an effective treatment for skin conditions. Applied directly to the affected skin, iodine naturally eradicates infected cells without harming healthy cells. The compound also contains vitamins and minerals important for maintaining general skin health.
Green tea is a warm, astringent liquid that possesses a number of therapeutic properties. Green tea contains a number of bioactive compounds, including polyphenols, which treat skin conditions as well as a variety of other health disorders. Green tea can be drank or applied as tea bags to soothe the skin and treat damage.
A solar keratosis is an unsightly, thickened, scaly growth on the skin that is the result of repeated skin damage. While typically harmless, the condition can progress to cancer if left untreated. As such, natural remedies that eliminate damage and restore skin health are crucial for preventing more aggressive conditions.
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Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Solar Keratosis
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Teaspoon
- Water - Large Glass
- Cotton Balls
1. Use a cotton ball to apply a bit of apple cider vinegar (ACV) directly to the affected skin 2-3 times a day.
2. Supplement with a daily ACV TonicTake one teaspoon of ACV (honey optional) and mix it in a large glass of water. Drink with breakfast or each meal of the day. Increase the ACV in each glass to as much as 2 tablespoons.
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[YEA] Diagnosed with pre-cancerous Actinic Ketosis on my back. Read here, (thank you Earth Clinic for this site and all of you! ) that ACV could help this. Since I'm up for experimenting on myself, I tried it.
I used the ACV straight on the Ketosis after I took a picture of it. It is now healed completely. Also used the ACV straight, no dilution, on my face, and any bumps that I have on my body and under breasts. A small skin nodule under my lip fell off in one day. At first, my skin seemed to get very red, but I think that was the stuff coming out that needed healing. All other bumps (moles, etc.) are getting better but not healed yet.
My husband had a rash on the back of his knee and has been using ACV for the past month and it is much better but not healed yet. ACV rocks!
[YEA] ACV for solar keratosis, basal cell.
If you are not getting results with this, I suggest applying the ACV and leaving it open to air as much as possible. Also try not using oils (even coconut! ) for a while. For me my problem just continued when I used oils. Hydrogen peroxide seems fine. I'm getting much better result this way. You can use a soaked ACV cotton ball to cover the area or expose the problem but then it needs to dry out I believe. I have been messing with a spot for over 3 yrs. I feel I had a setback when I applied orange oil 3 months ago but I've almost knocked out the new area using the above. Yes I've tried almost all the home remedies including Efudex, twice daily x 3wk (probably should have done it longer). BTW I only recently quit applying oil completely because it dawned on me that the times I had the most improvement was when I didn't use oil. I just started experimenting with hemp oil on my good skin to see if it helps with age spots.
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