Lentigos, also known as age spots or brown spots,are small, flat spots that appear darker than the surrounding skin. They appear on the skin areas that get the most sun exposure. Age spots are very common in adults older than 50. Age spots can have the appearance of cancerous growths but true age spots are harmless and don’t require treatment. Patients can have them removed for cosmetic purposes.
Causes of age spots
Age spots are caused by overactive pigment cells. Sun exposure or any UV exposure (such as tanning beds) speeds up the production of melanin (pigment that gives skin its color). On skin that has had years of constant sun exposure, melanin clumps up or is produced in higher concentrations.
Age spot prevention
One of the best ways to decrease the incidence of age spots is by limiting sun exposure and harmful UV rays. Wearing sunscreen daily and wearing sun protection will also help in preventing new age spots from developing.
Age spot treatment
Although harmless, some patients may have them removed for cosmetic reasons. There are many effective treatments to remove age spots:
If you have any concerns regarding age spots, please call our offices for an appointment.