Updated: Jun 6
Ever get those dry scaly patches on your face thats annoying and no matter how many times you scratch them off , they return? They seem to appear again and again and makeup will not cover them? Well ladies your not alone. If you have spent any time in the sun in your younger years your paying the price now. No worries. Their is a treatment you can use to get rid of those unsightly blotches of dead skin that interferes with the natural beauty of your face.
Imiquimod is your answer. Although quiet pricey its well worth getting rid of the aggrivation that those dry scaly patches causes. Other names include Aldera and Zyclara.
Those dry patches your experiencing is a type of skin lesion called actinic keratosis, caused by long-term exposure to the sun,that responds well to Imoquid cream if applied three times a week in one or two month-long courses, a study shows. The cream contains a 5 percent concentration of the drug imiquimod.
Actinic keratoses (also known as solar keratoses) are small, thickened, scaly growths which develop on the skin. They usually develop on areas of skin which have received a lot of sun exposure over a period of time.
Basal cell carcinoma is a common skin cancer which typically develops on sun-exposed areas of the skin such as the head and neck.
Actinic keratoses consist of abnormal skin cells, probably resulting from immune suppression caused by ultraviolet light, and they can sometimes become cancerous. Imiquimod stimulates the body’s own immune system to fight various conditions.
I was personally prescribed this medication a couple of years ago by my dermatologist for a cancerous spot that would not heal up. He wanted to cut out the area but I insisted their had to be another way to heal it without cutting holes in my face and causeing unsightly scars. So he prescribed Imiquimod and the results where fantstic. Im a firm believer in this cream because ive personally used it and feel im a living witness to its effects on skin damaged skin.
How To Use Imiquimod
Don't forget to avoid tanning beds and sunlight exposure since sunburn can be severe with the use of Aldara. Perhaps some protective clothing can suffice or get SPF 30 and above sunscreen if you've to be outdoors.
Avoid being out in the sun between 11 am and 3 pm. Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and which protects against both UVB and UVA light. Apply plenty of the sunscreen and re-apply it regularly, particularly after swimming and if you are sweating a lot.
You should always apply the cream at bedtime.
Always wash your hands before you apply the cream including the area on the skin being treated. The skin should be left to dry for a minimum of 10 minutes prior to the application of the medicine.
The cream comes in a small pouch. Pierce the pouch with a needle and apply a small pea size or smaller to your finger. Only apply the cream to the effected area.
Actinic keratosis-Should be applied two times every week, for example Tuesday and Thursday or Monday and Friday for a total of 16 weeks and left for about 8 hours.
Basal cell superficial carcinoma- Imiquimod is applied five times each week, for example from Monday up to Friday for the entire 16 weeks and should be left on the area applied for 8 hours.
Normal use of Aldara includes 2-5 times every week up to a maximum of 16 weeks. The usage depends on the type of condition being treated.
After opening your pouch. Remember to try and close in up so it doesnt dry out.
The following morning, it is important that you wash the treated area with mild soap and water to remove any traces of the cream.
Some people find using a moisturiser (an emollient) on the skin around the damaged areas helps to keep the skin supple and moist. Moisturisers can be applied several times a day if required.There is some general advice which will help prevent any further sun damage to your skin.
Who Probably Needs Imiquad?
Anyone can develop actinic keratosis over time. However, there are risk factors that make people more likely to develop actinic keratosis.
Actinic keratosis may develop after a number of years of UV light exposure.
These factors include:
Age with people 40 and over at the highest risk.
A long history of sunburn or extreme exposure to sunliving in a sunny environment.
Using tanning beds
Having a history of developing actinic keratosis.
Having lighter color hair or eyes.
Having a tendency to burn in the sun.