What Do Age Spots Look Like?

Age spots are dark, usually brown blemishes that are found on the skin. They are mainly associated with aging. Age spots are caused by overexposure to the sun. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the main cause of these age spots. However, these spots are more common with elderly people hence the name age spots.

The skin has a layer of melanin. This is a dark pigment that gives color to the skin. It also doubles up as a protection to the skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. When the skin is overexposed to the sun, more melanin is produced by the body to protect it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

As one grows old, small bits of the melanin naturally clamp together and form dark patches on the skin that are known as age spots. This is the reason why age spots are more common with elderly people since the longer one lives, the more exposure they get to the sun. The symptoms are made worse by tanning beds. Genetics is believed to also cause age spots because sometimes the age spots can be traced back to one’s lineage. However, the main cause of age spots is the ultraviolet rays from the sun.

It is very difficult to distinguish age spots from some other skin pigmentation problems. This is because they are very similar in many aspects. However, there are a few characteristics that stand out in age spots that will not be found in the rest. These can be used to know if a given spot is an age spot or something else.

The first characteristic that can be used in telling if a spot is an age spot is the size. Age spots are small; fairly round blemishes, with their diameters ranging between 3-6 mm. they do not cover large areas on the skin like some other skin problems like ringworms. Another distinction is the color. Age spots are dark, usually brown or black therefore any spot that has a different color is not likely to be an age spot.

The other distinct visible characteristic of age spots is that the spots will be found on areas on the skin that are frequently exposed to sunlight. This is because the main cause of age spots is ultraviolet radiation from the sun hence exposure to the sun must be present for age spots to occur. Therefore, it is important to look at the location of the spot. Spots found on hidden parts of the skin are not likely to be age spots.

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