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What are Age Spots?

What are Age Spots?
What are Age Spots?

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.


What are Age Spots?

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,

What Causes Age 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:

  • your face
  • the back of your hands
  • your shoulders
  • your forearms

Who Is at Risk for Age Spots?

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:

  • being older than 40 years old
  • having fair skin
  • having a history of frequent sun exposure
  • having a history of frequent tanning bed use

What are the Symptoms of Age Spots?

  • range from light brown to black in colour
  • have the same texture as the rest of your skin
  • re painless
  • are usually on sun-exposed areas of the skin

How are Age Spots Diagnosed?

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.

To help improve pigmentation as well as age and sun-related spots, we recommend a range of prescription skincare, including the award-winning Obagi range and Epionce skin care.

Read about sunspot removal

Read about Obagi

Read about Epionce

To book your skin care consultation with Dr Comins please call Hans Place Practice on 0207 584 164

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