Age spots, otherwise known as liver spots or solar lentigines, are flat, dark marks on the skin that often appear after prolonged sun exposure. They vary in size and are commonly found on the face, hands, shoulders and arms.
Age spots are caused by overactive melanocytes (pigment cells). When the skin is exposed to sunlight, the body produces melanin which protects the skin from UV rays. As melanin is produced, the skin turns brown. Over time, high volumes of melanin can become clumped. This causes areas of the skin that have been regularly exposed to the sun to develop age spots.
Developing singly or in clusters, age spots generally occur in people aged 40 or over. Younger people who frequently burn or use tanning beds also develop them. Age spots are harmless, yet for cosmetic reasons, people often seek treatment to remove them.
We provide laser and skincare treatments here at Harpenden Skin Clinic to help battle age spots.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.