Actinic Keratoses

Repeated, prolonged sun exposure causes sun damage that appears as altered skin color and texture, especially in people with fair complexions. Sun-damaged skin often appears dry and wrinkled and may form rough, scaly spots called Actinic Keratoses. Treatment of an Actinic Keratosis requires removal of the damaged skin cells. New skin then forms from the deeper skin cells, which have escaped sun damage.

Why treat an Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic Keratoses are not skin cancers. However, they may sometimes turn cancerous, which is why they should be removed. Actinic Keratoses are treated by Dr. Green for patients in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland regions.

How do I treat an Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic Keratoses can be removed surgically, but are more often removed by freezing with liquid nitrogen or the application of a prescribed cream that specifically targets sun-damaged skin cells. When there are multiple Actinic Keratoses or a large area of involvement, the prescribed cream will be the most efficient form of treatment.

 How do I prevent an Actinic Keratosis?

You should avoid unnecessary sun exposure and protect your skin when outside. Once sun damage has progressed to the point where Actinic Keratoses develop, new keratoses may appear even without further sun exposure.

“You cannot go wrong with this dermatologist. Dr. Green and his staff are the very best! They go out of their way to assure patient satisfaction. I have used many services in the Bethesda location, and have always been more than satisfied. I highly recommend Dr. Green.” 

Susan E.

David Green, M.D.

Dr. David Green is a Board Certified Dermatologist in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Green specializes in Dermatology, Dermatologic Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, and the treatment of Varicose Veins and vascular disorders.

He is Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a Member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American College of Phlebology. He treats patients from Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and throughout the Mid Atlantic region.


Dr. David Green proudly offers services in his Bethesda, Maryland office.

4800 Montgomery Ln.,
Suite L50
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301.907.7250


10.32.09: Delegation and Assignment of Performance of Cosmetic Medical Procedures and Use of Cosmetic Medical Devices. This is a Maryland safety regulation that governs who can legally perform medical cosmetic procedures.  Dr. Green administers all injectable treatments (including Botox™, Juvederm™, Voluma™, Kybella™, and other fillers & Sclerotherapy) and laser treatments.