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Crocodile Oil for Keratosis


Solar Keratosis (Actinic Keratosis) Treatment

Treatment of a solar keratosis (Actinic keratosis) requires removal of the defective skin cells. New skin then forms from deeper cells which have escaped sun damage.

It is not practical to remove all keratosis in those with very extensive sun damage; in such cases it is important to get rid of thickened or tender lesions as these are the ones at greatest risk of progressing to skin cancer.

Treatments may include:

  • Cryotherapy
    Freezing with liquid nitrogen causes blistering and shedding of the sun damaged skin. Keratoses treated on the face peel off after about 10 days, those on the hands in about 3 weeks, but those on the legs can take as long as twelve weeks to heal. A light freeze usually leaves no scar, but longer freeze times (necessary for thicker lesions or early skin cancers) result in a pale mark or scar. The lesions may recur in time, in which case they may be retreated by the same or a different method.
  • Repcillin Skin Balm
    Repcillin was not developed for the treatment of Solar Keratosis but many people have shown very positive results to applying the balm. Repcillin is made from Nile Crocodile Oil and helps in the treatment of many skin ailments, using the power of the crocodile peptides. To date, Repcillin is only available online at
  • Curettage & cautery
    Curettage & cautery may be preferred with thicker keratoses, and is a common method of removing early squamous cell cancers. A specimen is sent for pathological examination. Curettage is the removal of a lesion by scraping it with a sharp instrument. Cautery or diathermy burns the keratoses off and prevents bleeding. A scab forms which heals over a few weeks, leaving a small scar.
  • Excision
    Cutting the lesion out (excision biopsy) makes sure the lesion has been completely removed, confirmed by pathological examination. This is sometimes important if a lesion may be cancerous. Usually the surgical wound is sutured (stitched). The sutures are removed after a few days, the time depending on the size and location of the lesion. The procedure leaves a permanent scar.
  • 5-Fluorouracil cream
    5-Fluorouracil cream (5-FU, Efudix) is most useful when there are many keratoses on the face. The cream is applied onto facial skin once or twice daily for two to four weeks. The treated areas become red, raw and uncomfortable. Healing starts when the cream is discontinued, and the eventual result is usually excellent.
  • Imiquimod
    Imiquimod is an immune response modifier in a cream base. It is applied to areas affected by solar keratoses two or three times weekly for four to sixteen weeks. It causes an inflammatory reaction, which is maximal at about three weeks and then gradually settles down with continued use. The results are variable, but generally excellent.
  • Photodynamic therapy
    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) involves applying a photosensitizer (a porphyrin chemical) to the affected area prior to exposing it to a strong source of visible light. The treated area develops a burn and then heals over a couple of weeks or so. Metvix PDT is available in New Zealand.
  • Diclofenac gel
    Diclofenac in hyaluran gel has been used successfully to treat solar keratosis, and is well tolerated. This product is not available in New Zealand (August 2005).

After doing some research online we have found many people who have used Crocodile Oil as a natural treatment for Solar Keratosis.

The name of the Crocodile Oil treatment is Repcillin and is produced in South Africa.
If you are in the USA there are a few other places online you would be able to order this Crocodile Oil product from. Here is a link to a website:

They are selling the same Repcillin product and it ships from Florida in about 4-5 days.

The Crocodile Oil is also available on Amazon, do a search for Eczema on Amazon and you should be able to find the Repcillin balm. The reason we point people to Amazon is that it is the only place online where you can get a 30g tub of the Repcillin.


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