Age Spots

Age spots, also known as solar lentigines, are flat, brown spots that appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin, like the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. They are caused by overproduction of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color.

Causes: Sun exposure is the primary cause. Age is a factor as well, though age spots don’t necessarily appear only in older adults.

Treatments: Age spots are not harmful but can be cosmetically bothersome. Several options exist for lightening them, including topical creams containing hydroquinone, kojic acid, or azelaic acid. Chemical peels and laser treatments may be offered by dermatologists for more stubborn cases. Sun protection is crucial to prevent new age spots from forming.

Disclaimer: Complete removal of age spots might not always be achievable. However, consistent sun protection and appropriate treatments can significantly improve their appearance.