Age spots / liver spots / senile lentigo / solar lentigines sunspots.
Age spots are flat brown, grey, or black spots on the skin. They usually occur on sun-exposed areas. Age spots are also called liver spots, senile lentigo, solar lentigines, or sunspots. Age spots range from light brown to black in colour. The spots have the same texture as the rest of your skin, and usually appear on sun-exposed areas.
They do not cause any pain.
Why do they appear?
Age spots are the result of an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Doctors don’t always know why age spots develop. Skin aging, sun exposure, or other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, such as tanning beds, are all possible causes. People of any age, sex, or race can develop age spots. However, age spots are more common in people with certain risk factors. These include:
• being older than 40 years old
• having fair skin
• having a history of frequent sun exposure
• having a history of frequent tanning bed use
• Areas they are commonly found
You’re most likely to develop age spots on the areas of your skin that receive the most sun exposure, including:
• your face
• the back of your hands
• your shoulders
• your upper back
• your forearms