Age Spots & Sunspots

Some people call them sun spots since they are caused by the skins direct exposure to the sun, some call them age spots since they are associated with age while other call them liver spots, lentigos or lentigines. Whichever name you are familiar with they all refer to a type of infection that results to the skin having brown spots which are painless and harmless. This spots appear at the back of hands, the chest, our backs at the face and any place of the body mostly exposed to the sun. The lesions are normally flat, brown or dark brown in color.

These lesions are harmless and painless; they do not result to cancer or any other infection however having them on your skin is a great risk for skin cancer. Age spots are caused by cumulative exposure to the sun. Once you are exposed directly to the sun for a very long time the pigment producing cells is activated to produce more pigment (melanin) to protect your skin from the ultraviolet rays.  When more of these pigments are produced in excess some are deposited on the skin hence forming spots.

Old people are more prone to age spots than younger people, also individuals who freckle and burn easily are also more prone to sun spots. Keep in mind that once you have exposed your skin to the sun for a very long time that you are capable of getting age spots then know that you are also at a higher risk of getting skin cancer. You should at all times protect yourselves from the sun, wear protective garments while going out to the sun or rather apply sunscreen to your skin few minutes before going out to the sun.

How do you know that you really have age spots & sun spots? Age spots & sun spots are flat and vary in size from small size to very large size. Some are somehow rounded in shape and have irregular borders; they are usually brown in color, tan or dark depending on the skin. Age spots & sunspots usually appear on the part of the skin that are most of the times exposed to the sun directly.

They say prevention is better than cure; hence prevention of age spots & sunspots is better than the actual cure. The best prevention method is avoiding suns exposure by either using sunscreen or minimizing your outdoor activities. This is the reason why it is very hard to find age spots and sun spots on the inner parts of our body like the thighs. However if you have age spots & sunspots then there are safe treatment options available.

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