Age spots, also called liver spots or solar lentigines, are small dark or brown areas on your skin. They vary in size and color, and usually appear on the face, arms, hands and shoulders. They are common in adults 50 and older and on people who spend a lot of time in the sun. They are usually harmless, but treating them can lead to enhanced self-esteem.
How do age spots develop?
Melanin is what gives your skin color, and when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, your skin can tan or burn. UV light accelerates the production of melanin, so when areas of the skin are frequently exposed to the sun, age spots result.
If you would like to get rid of your age spots, treatments include medications such as hydroquinone, laser and intense light therapies, cryotherapy, laser resurfacing or chemical peeling. These treatments can have side effects, so be sure to discuss options with your dermatologist first.
It’s important that you feel confident in your skin. If age spots bother you, talk to your dermatologist about your treatment options.
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