Ingenol works by causing the death of certain cells in the body. Ingenol topical (for the skin) is used to treat actinic keratosis (a condition caused by too much sun exposure). Ingenol topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Picato is in the therapeutic class of drugs that has an active component known as ingenol mebutate. Picato is mainly used to treat actinic keratosis. Ingenol mebutate found in Picato fights actinic keratosis by inducing cell death. The induction of cell death provides a therapeutic effect on the people who have been exposed to ultraviolet rays. It can also treat pre-cancerous growths.