Common weed to treat solar keratosis in adults

The therapy, Picato (LEO Pharma), contains the active ingredient ingenol mebutate.

Dermatologist Dr Robert Rosen said the gel required only brief application – once a day for two or three days.“Other available topical therapies can require weeks or months of treatment,” he said.

Adverse effects include mild to moderate pain and itchiness at the application site, according to the PI.

E. peplus is also known as radium weed, and is now being grown commercially in Queensland for LEO Pharma.