Have you wondered, “What is an age spot?” Age spots, sometimes called liver spots and solar lentigines, are the result of an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Experts have not yet narrowed in on the exact cause of age spots, but contribute the freckle-like skin pigment to aging, sun exposure or other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light, like tanning beds. Most common in adults over 40, age spots can also be found on anyone who spends long period of time in the sun. Age spots are visible on body parts that are most likely exposed to sun, like your face, arms, legs, and back. Usually a light brown area on the skin, an age spot appears flat and smooth to the touch but can darken and increase in size over time.
Anyone of any age, sex, or race can develop age spots. However, people with fair complexions and over exposure to the sun or to UV light, are more susceptible to develop the skin discolorations. Age spots aren’t dangerous but if you notice changes in an age spot, consult your physician immediately.
Now that you know what an age spot is, if you want to reduce or eliminate age spots, start by limiting your sun exposure. Next, learn more about the treatments available that can help reduce sun-damaged skin, like Vivia Center’s Enhanced Skin Rejuvenation. This popular treatment directly addresses sun damage, reduces wrinkles, and improves discoloration using the latest and most effective technologies on the market today. If you are ready to erase the sun’s damage and look young again, contact us. Your skin will thank you!