What is sun damage or actinic keratosis?
Sun damage (actinic keratosis) can occur on parts of the body exposed to sunlight, usually the head or hands. Sun damage often manifests itself as a small patch of ‘horny’ skin that feels rough to the touch. Often several of these patches will appear close together. The colour varies from skin colour to red or brown.
Most people develop sun damage later in life, but it can also affect young people whose skin is exposed to the sun for long periods of time, such as those who play sports in the sun or who spend a lot of time in the sun on the water.