One sign of aging skin is the formation of brown spots on the skin. These brown spots are also known as lentigines, sun spots, age spots and liver spots. They are flat, usually found on the face, neck and backs of the hands, and are caused by sunlight exposure. There are numerous treatments to improve these spots depending on the severity and locations.
A lentigo is formed when melanin is produced in high amounts and forms a cluster on one area of the skin. Most age spots appear on the skin later in life due to prolonged exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Other causes are genetics and aging.
Most brown spots are not harmful and are caused by sun exposure. However, the appearance of a new dark spot is cause to visit the dermatologist, especially if the spot seems to be irregular. A dermatologist should always be consulted before a spot is removed to rule out cancerous and precancerous cells.
Visit Dr. Zizmor to determine your best course of treatment.