ingenol mebutate (Picato)

Also known as: 

radium weed

Ingenol mebutate is a cream used to treat solar keratoses (sun spots). A course of treatment is only 2 or 3 days—much shorter than other creams. Unfortunately it can only be used on small areas and is relatively expensive compared to other treatments.



Skin lesions and conditions

Solar keratoses, also known as “sun spots”, are one of the most common signs of skin damage from long term sun exposure. If not treated, they sometimes develop into skin cancers. Fortunately there are many effective treatments.

Medical treatments

Ingenol mebutate is a cream used to treat solar keratoses (sun spots). It is more effective than cryotherapy (freezing treatment) and recommended for people who have many sun spots. It only needs to be used for three days on the face or two days on the body, so any side effects are usually short lived.

The Molescreen Field Treatment clinic is a quick and effective way of treating resistant solar keratoses ("sun spots"). Patients attend Molescreen for two or three days in a row to have treatment applied by one of our nurses.


Pamphlet thumbnail PDF icon Brush up on the facts about sun spots: pamphlet
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Information about solar keratoses and the most common treatment options (exludes information about ingenol mebutate/Picato)

Getting Started with Picato - front cover of pamphlet PDF icon Getting Started with Picato gel
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Leo Pharma Pty Ltd

Getting Started with Picato gel provides information for people who have been prescribed ingenol mebutate (Picato) for solar keratoses. There is information about how to apply Picato, what to expect while you are using it, and how to look after your skin during and after treatment.

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