Age spots, also known as liver spots and solar lentigines, are flat tan, brown, or black spots. They vary widely in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms, which are areas of the skin that are most exposed to the sun. Age spots are very common in adults over the age of 50; however, younger people can get them too, especially if they spend a lot of time in the sun without sunscreen.
Age spots are typically flat and smooth but are visibly darker than the surrounding skin. They can range from the size of a freckle to slightly larger and are typically oval in size. There can be many of them in an area, similar to freckles. Age spots may look like actinic keratoses, but are not – actinic keratoses are typically textured and rough.
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Age spots occur when the surface layer of the skin expands with more pigment and develops what can look like a large freckle. One may appear by itself, or a few may be clustered together. Some people have a hereditary predisposition to age spots. However, brown spots and age spots can resemble potentially harmful growths, such as precancerous scaly, red elevations called actinic keratoses. Dark spots, which may be cancerous, may also appear to be lentigines. This is why it’s important to have any new spot on your skin properly evaluated by our knowledgeable team.
True age spots are harmless and don’t require treatment. For cosmetic purposes, age spots can be lightened with skin-bleaching products or removed with professional treatments like a chemical peel or laser treatments. However, preventing age spots by avoiding the sun and using broad-spectrum sunscreen every day is the easiest way to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance.
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The best way to manage age spots is by preventing them entirely. You can do this by wearing daily sunscreen with SPF 30+. This helps prevent damage by the sun which can prompt unusual activity in the skin, causing age spots to develop. Additionally, our team can help you explore skincare treatments and professional-grade products to help reduce pigmentation and achieve a brighter look.
Age spots are easily treated if you’re bothered by their appearance. To meet with our team, call our Terre Haute, IN office, fill out our online contact form, or “Walk In Now.”
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