Solar lentigo, also known as age spots, appear on skin that has been exposed to the sun for a long period of time over the years. They appear mostly on common areas of the body and are usually harmless, although age spots should be checked if resembling other malign or benign infections.

Age spots can be easily detected, as their appearance is noticed on exposed parts of the body, such as the back of the hands, top of the feet, chest, upper back, shoulders and face. Age spots are mostly flat, or present oval areas of increased pigmentation, they are usually tan, going from grayish, light brown to black in color. The age spots have the same texture as the rest of your skin and are painless. The solar lentigines range starting from freckle size, to more than 13 millimeters (1/2 inch) across and seem even more prominent, as they group around.

Age spots are caused by an excess production of melanin over exposure to the sun. Most of the time, they are shown at old age and despite their name, age is not a main cause of their development, therefore specialists do not always know why age spots appear. Age spots may develop because of sun exposure, skin ageing or other various types of ultraviolet light exposure, for example, tanning beds and tanning lamps. Age spots appear in the upper layer of the skin when the melanin becomes “climbed” or is produced in particularly high concentrations.

Solar lentigo or age spots are harmless forms of skin pigmentation, age spots do not present any kind of pain, reason why they do not require further treatment or intervention. Only if someone is interested in removing age spots from their body, should the specialists consult the affected part of skin and recommend an appropriate cosmetic treatment.  

Feel free to visit our Renew Skin & Health Clinic and let our specialists check out any new spots that appear on your skin and clearly diagnose the form of it. It is better to make sure of your condition, either if you are of older age or even younger.