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What are age spots?

Age spots, also called liver spots, sunspots or lentigines, are small, flat, darker areas of skin. They tend to appear on those who are 40 years old or older. They are more likely to appear on areas of the skin that is the most often exposed to the sun, such as the arms, face, shoulders, and hands.

Age spots tend to be a result of age, sun or UV exposure. Therefore, it is not unusual for those younger than 40 years of age to get liver spots if they frequently use tanning salons or do not use adequate factor sun protection. Individuals with fairer skin often notice age spots more than darker skin tones.

Age spots are the result of an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. See hyperpigmentation for more information on skin pigment concerns.

Sunspots are an attempt by the skin to protect itself from further damage. They are not dangerous but can be removed or lightened for cosmetic reasons.

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