Age spots, also known as liver spots or sun spots, are known to dermatologists as “solar lentigo,” or more lightheartedly, “wisdom spots.” As the medical name implies, they are caused by years of accumulation of sunlight exposure. These spots can appear anywhere on your body that has had a lot of sun exposure, typically on the face, shoulders, arms, chest, hands, and neck.
Age spots are flat, round, dark, and much larger than a common freckle. As a cautionary note, while they are benign and pose no skin cancer risk, it is important to distinguish them from skin cancer, which will be dark spots showing irregular edges or uneven color, and change in appearance. Talk to your dermatologist if you have any suspicions.
How do you get rid of age spots? Your dermatologist can remove them with a laser treatment or by freezing them. If you want a less radical approach, try exfoliating your skin with a paraben-free exfoliator. This process will yield results over time.
Finally, to help prevent more age spots, be sure to use a daily UVA/UVB sunblock with a SPF of at least 15.