What causes the brown spots on my skin?

Brown sun spots are a form of hyperpigmentation. “Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin caused by overactive skin cells called melanocytes,” David Bank, MD, president of the New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, told us. The process can be triggered by sun rays, changing hormone levels, illness and medications.

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Skin Discoloration

Skin Discoloration

There's a range of reasons for skin discoloration. When the body's immune system attacks the skin's pigment cells, pigment is lost -- a common skin disease known as vitiligo. Acne or a wound may cause post-inflammation pigmentatio...

n. Brown spots, also known as liver spots or age spots, are caused by sun exposure. This hyperpigmentation is in response to UV exposure, resulting in overproduction of melanin. Whatever your skin issue, learn more about treatments and ways to prevent damage with expert advice from Sharecare.

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