What is Picato?

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Picato (also called ingenol mebutate) is a prescription gel used to treat actinic keratosis, a precancerous skin condition caused by overexposure to the sun. Actinic keratoses are small, rough spots found most often on the face, ears, arms and backs of hands, but they can also appear on other parts of the body.

Picato was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in January 2012. Patients spread a small amount of the gel over the affected part of their skin for a few days, and within a few weeks, some or all of the problem cells may disappear.