What are Sun Spots?

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Sun spots (lentigines) are small flat pigmented spots, similar to freckles that are most often seen on sun exposed skin. They are different from freckles in that they do not usually change color when exposed to the sun.

Sun spots may occur anywhere but usually appear on areas of the body that are subject to high sun exposure – the face, shoulders, neck, ears, and back of the hands.

Causes of Sun Spots

Commonly referred to as age spots or liver spots, sun spots are caused by prolonged unprotected exposure of the skin to the sun. This prolonged exposure to the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays causes color changes in the pigment of the skin resulting in benign pigmented (melanocytic) lesions that are usually dark brown to black.

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