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How can you get sun or age spots?

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Your skin makes a chemical called melanin to protect itself against UV rays. Too much sun can cause a clump of it to form, which shows up as a flat brown or black spot. Over-the-counter and prescription treatments can help erase these dark spots, also known as liver spots or solar lentigines.

From: Can You Reverse Sun Damage? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lily Uihlein, MD, pediatric dermatologist, Loyola University Medical Center.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Repair (and Even Reverse) Signs of Sun Damage.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Sun Exposure & Skin Cancer.”

Flament, F. , September 2013. Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Skin Association: “Sun Safety.”

Cho, S. , June 2010. Dermatology

Darvin, M. , September 2014. Journal of Biophotonics

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Chemical Peels” and “Cryotherapy.”

Garcia, A. May 1996. Dermatologic Surgery,

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin A.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Lily Uihlein, MD, pediatric dermatologist, Loyola University Medical Center.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Repair (and Even Reverse) Signs of Sun Damage.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Sun Exposure & Skin Cancer.”

Flament, F. , September 2013. Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Skin Association: “Sun Safety.”

Cho, S. , June 2010. Dermatology

Darvin, M. , September 2014. Journal of Biophotonics

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Chemical Peels” and “Cryotherapy.”

Garcia, A. May 1996. Dermatologic Surgery,

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin A.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 11, 2017

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