Understanding Age Spots

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Commonly found in mature skin, age spots or “liver spots” are darkly pigmented spots on the hands, arms, back, chest, décolleté and face. They arise because cellular function has been changed by the sun, and are, in essence, a buildup of pigment caused by years of sun exposure that continues to grow.

Age spots can range in color from light brown to dark brown, can be flat or raised, and are normally found on the surface of the skin.

However, in some cases, the damage they cause can go deeper. When a dermatologist determines that an age spot is medium in depth or thicker, it will be diagnosed as actinic keratosis, and should be treated or removed.

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