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Overview of Condition:

Age spots are also known as liver spots or solar lentigines. They are flat, brown or black spots that develop on the skin as a result of sun exposure and aging. They typically appear on areas of the skin that are most frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders, and arms.

Symptoms:

Age spots are characterized by their flat, oval or round shape and varying shades of brown or black. They are typically painless and do not cause any symptoms other than cosmetic concerns.

Causes:

The primary cause of age spots is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. UV radiation accelerates the production of melanin in the skin, leading to the formation of age spots over time. Genetics and aging also play a role in the development of age spots.

Treatments:

Treatment options for age spots focus on lightening or removing the pigmented areas of skin. These may include topical treatments such as bleaching creams or prescription medications, chemical peels, cryotherapy (freezing), laser therapy, or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. Sun protection measures, such as wearing sunscreen and protective clothing, are essential to prevent the recurrence of age spots and protect the skin from further damage.