3. Environmental Factors
The region in which you live is another primary cause of the development of actinic keratosis. Individuals residing in high-altitude areas with strong UV exposure are most at risk, along with people that live near the coastline. Living by the beach is a rewarding life experience that most people fantasize about as they head toward their retirement years.
Spending your senior years in a sunny beach town may seem like a great idea, but it exposes you to a higher risk of developing skin conditions such as actinic keratosis, as well as skin cancer.
People that live by the beach tend to spend a lot more time in the sun than those who live inland. It’s common to see men walking around with their shirts off, and women sunbathing on the beach in a string bikini. Unfortunately, this behavior increases your risk of sunburn and the development of actinic keratosis lesions.