Brown spots on the skin, often called age spots, liver spots or sun spots, are often the result of too much sun exposure during your lifetime.
In fact, by the age of 50, 90 per cent of fair-skinned people have some age-related spots. Unlike a suntan, however, most people find them unsightly and ageing.
Age spots are caused when too much melanin, the pigment in skin, is produced. Melanin production is stimulated by UV light but dark spots can also be caused by damage to the skin or inflammation.
Age spots are flat, brown, gray, or black spots on the skin. They usually occur on areas that have been exposed to the sun. Age spots are also called liver spots, senile lentigines, solar lentigines, or sun spots,
Age spots are caused by an excess production of melanin. Despite the name, doctors don’t always know why age spots develop. They may be caused by skin aging, sun exposure, or other forms of ultraviolet light exposure, such as tanning beds. You are most likely to develop age spots on the areas of your skin that receive the most sun exposure, including:
People of any age, sex, or race can develop age spots. However, age spots are more common in people with certain risk factors. These include:
Your doctor will usually diagnose age spots by looking at your skin.
If your doctor is worried that a dark area is not an age spot, he may perform a biopsy. A small piece of skin will be removed and checked for cancer or other abnormalities.
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