Age spots are dark blemishes found on the skin surface. They are common mostly with the older people hence the name age spots. These spots are normally brown in color but they can turn to a different color depending on how much sun has been exposed to the spot.
The color of age spots is influences to a very great extent by the skin color of the person with the spots. People with a light skin complexion will have age spots that are red in color. These may turn brown on further exposure to sunlight but the red color will still remain at the borders of the age spot. This is not the case for people with dark skins since the age spots appear with a dark brown color that gradually changes to black.
The treatment effected on age spots can also cause a color change. As age spots heal, the color changes gradually form the red shade until the spot vanishes completely. The method of treatment will also affect the color of the age spots. There are treatment methods where the skin will be bleached or frozen and the color changes before the spot vanishes. One of these methods is the use of hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide bleaches the skin on the area with the age spot and removes the dark color. For some skin types, the area around the spot can be very much bleached to the extent that it turns white. However, the skin normally regains the original color after some time.
The color of these spots can also change with the season. During warm times of the year, the age spots tend to become darker since exposure to the sun is more at that time. In the colder seasons, the age spots become lighter in color. This is because during the cold season, the skin gets less exposure to the sun. As a result, less melanin is produced. Since the melanin is the one that darkens the skin, the skin, becomes lighter and consequently the age spots also change their color to a lighter shade.
If the age spots are not treated, the color will also change gradually. At first, the spots will usually be red for light skins and brown for darker skins. If treatment is not done immediately, they will darken gradually until the color is something very close to black. The color change can be faster if the person does not protect his or her skin from further exposure to the sun.