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Are age spots a normal part of aging?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Age spots aren't necessarily a usual part of aging because not everyone gets them and they can be prevented by routine use of sunscreen. They are caused by unprotected exposure to sunlight over time, usually over many years or decades. They appear as small brown, flat spots on the face, back, hands, and feet. They are also called lentigines or liver spots, though they have nothing to do with the liver. While age spots are usually harmless, some might resemble melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. If you have brown spots on your skin and you're concerned that they might be growing, see your doctor.

Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing to safeguard your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

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