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What Are Age Spots

Age spots, also called liver spots, senile spots or solar lentigines, are small slightly defined, rounded, brown or dark flat patches on the skin. These are mostly found on areas of the body that have been exposed to sun, like the face, hands, arms, shoulders and décolleté. These spots are seen more on fair complexioned skin. Age spots are harmless to your health but can impact your improved appearance, self-esteem and promote healthier skin. Melanin, the pigment that gives skin it’s colour, is produced in the outer layer of skin, or epidermis, in response to UV exposure

What You Need To Know

As people age, our skin loses its ability to regenerate and repair skin. The melanocytes which are responsible for producing the pigment cells- melanin can become unevenly distributed. Age Spots occur when the top surface layer of the skin expands with more pigment.  It may appear as a single or cluster spots.

 

Some people have a hereditary predisposition to age spots and may develop at an early age especially those with a history of overexposure to the sun or tanning beds, as well as people who frequently have sunburn.

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