What Causes Age Spots?

Age spots can come in many different shapes and sizes, but interestingly enough they also come with different names. Some people call them sun spots, others refer to them as liver spots. They can also be known as lentigos, or senile/solar lentigines. But ultimately, all these terms refer to the same thing – those red/brown spots on the skin typically found on the hands, face, shoulders, arms, forehead, and the head if bald.

Age spots are usually harmless and are only a cosmetic concern. The spots are caused by years of sun exposure and consequently are typically found on areas of the body that are the most exposed to sunlight. Age spots are usually found on men and women over the age of 40 mainly due to the skin’s diminishing ability to regenerate itself after sun exposure. In some cases, cancerous growths can be mistaken for harmless age spots – for this reason we suggest having any concerning change in the skin examined by a doctor.

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