Pigment Spots

Sun spots, sometimes called age spots or liver spots, are the result of uneven and excess melanin caused by frequent exposure to UV rays from either the sun or a tanning bed. Melanin is what causes your skin to have color.

Sun spots are usually flat, oval-shaped and have brown, black, or grayish coloration. They can occur anywhere on the body, but are especially prevalent on the face, chest, hands, and extremities (the areas that tend to get the most sun exposure). People who lived or grew-up in sunny regions of the world are more prone to have sun spots.


Differences between Freckles and Sun Spots

A person’s ability to make freckles is due to genetics. The freckle gene (MC1R) can be activated by sun exposure. Freckles typically fade away with age and even seasons whereas sun spots tend to last longer.

On the other hand, sun spots are typically larger than freckles because the involve multiple pigmented cells lumped together. People with lighter complexions are more susceptible to develop sun spots. They are also found to be more common among older populations due to repeated sun exposure over the years. The skin cells start producing excessive melanin, resulting in the formation of sun spots (thus the name “age spots”).


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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Sun Spots Dangerous?

Sun spots themselves are not dangerous, but they are indicative of sun damage, which can result in pre-cancers and skin cancers.

Sun spots are often more obvious in lighter skin types and create a mottled appearance to the skin. Go to your doctor if you have any new dark spots that have quickly grown or changed, have uneven borders or show changes in color or show combined colors. Although heavily sun-damaged skin (darkly tanned skin) may look great when you’re younger, it actually prematurely ages your skin and is responsible for 80% of damaged skin. That tan may make you look older when you’re young….but it will also make you look even older as you age.

Can I Prevent Sun Spots?

Unfortunately, most damage you see now is related to sun exposure from decades ago, but it’s never too late to prevent further damage. Fortunately there’s a lot you can do to prevent further sun damage, age spots and associated premature aging. Using an SPF 30-60 daily and wearing SPF treated clothing can help, along with avoiding the sun during its peak strength.