Age spots are types of harmless skin pigmentation caused by exposure to the sun. They are called age spots because they are more common in older people and their prevalence is directly related to ageing. They are also known as sun spots or liver spots and are referred to as solar lentigines by the medical profession. They can differ in colour and size but usually appear as small brown, grey or black spots.
What causes Age Spots?
Prolonged exposure to the sun overtime causes pigmentation to form on the skin as a result of sun damage. Age spots are small patches of pigment or melanin that have formed as a result of this.
Where can you get Age Spots?
Because age spots are caused by the sun, they tend to be found on areas that have most exposure to UVA/UVB rays such as the face, chest and hands.
Who can get age spots
Everyone can get age spots but they are most common in people over 50 and those with fair skin who don’t have as much natural protection from the sun.