Sun Spots-Liver Spots

Sun spots, Liver spots

Also known as solar lentigines and are common in adults with fair skin. As the name suggests they are usually present due to long term sun exposure or sun bed use but can also appear after light therapy or treatment with ionising radiation such as radiotherapy.

They usually appear as light brown coloured flat round patches which overtime can increase in size to few centimeters. They may have a dry surface and are usually seen in sun exposed areas of skin such as face, shoulders, upper torso and lower legs.

Prevention is with protection from sun exposure with proper sun protection clothing and a high factor sunscreen. Treatment could be with topical creams, freezing, lasers or scraping. With adequate sun protection they can fade and sometimes disappear.

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a sun spots or solar lentigo on the cheek