Sunspots on Skin Symptoms and Causes

Sunspots on skin

Sunspots (also known as liver spots) are those little dark spots that can often be mistaken for freckles.

Incidence: Very Common
○ More than 3 million US cases per year
○ Lab tests may be required
○ Gets progressively worse with increasing total dose of UV.

Skin changes as you age. Change can occur both in pigment and texture. Sunspots (also known as liver spots) are those little dark spots that can often be mistaken for freckles. This skin damage occurs by exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Sunspots usually appear in areas regularly exposed to sunlight like the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. Sunspots can appear on your scalp if you are bald. They tend to increase with age as the skin has a harder time repairing the damage from ultraviolet light. 11 minutes of sun exposure produces more damage than the skin can repair in 24 hours. Since most of the damage is caused by UVA, you can damage your skin even through windows.

Cause of sunspots: Sunspots are more common in people with fair skin and those older than 40. They are flat brown spots that develop on the skin after sun exposure (during which, UV radiation causes pigmented skin cells called melanocytes to multiply).

What do sunspots look like?

Sunspots require a medical diagnosis: If you have sunspots and feel self-conscious, you may have been thinking about treatment. There are a variety of cosmetic procedures and products available from our dermatologists which can improve them safely and effectively.

Sunspots on skin
Sunspots on face
Sunspots on back

Treating Sunspots on Skin:

Self-care for sunspots on skin: The benefit of hindsight is not helpful for reversing existing damage. Because sunspots are a sign of sun damage of the skin, our dermatologists recommend prevention as the best form of treatment through the use of the right sunscreen applied daily.

Our Clinical Sunspot Treatment:

BBL Correction treatments can remove sunspots and significantly improve your skin’s appearance. A series of 30 minute light treatments are usually required to remove sun spots, freckles, and age spots. The treatment will greatly improve the appearance of broken blood vessels at the same time. Forever Young treatments will have your skin looking younger and healthier 15 years from now than it does today! [ Learn More }

IF YOU REQUIRE SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT, A CLINICAL APPOINTMENT IS RECOMMENDED

If sunspots are prematurely aging you, talk to one of our highly trained dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Seattle today. They work hard with you to get you younger looking skin.