View Full Version : Re: actinic keratosis

05-31-2008, 05:35 AM
i see i posted this a long time ago. i have been to 3 specialist over this 'thing' on my face. 2 of them did biopsy and it is not ak like i have on my arms and hands. but it's not cancer either. but it won't go away. i finally just quit going to the dr. nothing was being done, just freezing it. and every time it hurt worse. but it won't go away, it just keeps scabbing and peeling off. anybody know of a miracle cure?

06-02-2008, 06:35 AM
iluvwv I really can't offer any advice to you unfortunately, especially a miracle cure. I am surprised though that those three specialists you went to couldn't help. I take it that the three specialists you saw were dermatologists, not just internal medicine doctors. A biopsy should have given them a 100% successful diagnosis. Hard to believe they couldn't identify what it was. That's odd.

I also have a skin cancer on my arm and posted about it here. I asked if someone has tried any natural remedies of some kind. I searched the internet myself and found a few that have been known to help skin cancer. I just don't really trust these types of products. Then again it depends on what you have. Some natural remedies do help people. Just about everyone is different to some degree though.

Don't give up on using another specialist just yet. Maybe the next one you try may help you. I know you're discouraged and tired of the situation. I understand that. Hope you can find a cure. If you find something that works let us know. Good luck. Bluehills

06-02-2008, 01:36 PM
Thanks for the reply. I'll let you know if I ever find my miracle cure.

07-25-2008, 05:58 PM
Hi iluvwv,

I don't know what kind of doctors you have seen but you might try a plastic surgeon who specializes in head and neck cancers.

Good luck to you.


08-15-2008, 08:02 AM
I have had and still have spots of actinic keratosis on my arms especially. My best advice is to continually use castor oil on the spots. You can buy a bottle cheaply at Wal-Mart, I think it is over in the first aid or laxative products areas. (It is commonly known as a very potent laxative. However, it is also known for penetrating the skin. You may have heard of castor oil packs.) If you have a particularly scary looking spot, you can gently scratch the area with an emory board, then apply a drop or two of the castor oil, put on a bandaid and leave it there for as long as you can. Within a few days, check on the progress, the area should at least be much softer. Keep up the attack. The spot should completely clear within a week or two depending on your persistence and rate of healing in general. Repeat the scratching, applying the oil and bandaid as you feel necessary.
Best wishes, this approach works for me. I have very light skin and always have to fight this problem. Omega 3 fatty acids help internally as well. :)

08-15-2008, 03:31 PM
thank you so much for that advice! i will get the castor oil right away!

08-16-2008, 01:32 AM
jholl, thanks for the great idea. Sounds like an old remedy, but if it works I am for it. Was looking for a way to avoid seeing a dermatologist if at all possible. Never even thought about using castor oil. Whatever it is I have is barely noticable and doesn't seem to be getting any larger, at least not yet. I might try your method real soon. Thanks.