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What are age spots?

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Also called liver spots or lentigines, they might look like extra-large freckles. These discolored areas, which can be as big as a quarter, tend to get darker and show up more often with age. A spot that was tan when you first noticed it in your 30s can turn brown and then dark brown in your 40s and 50s. Keep an eye on these spots, and tell your doctor if you notice changes in texture, a raised surface, more than one color within the spot, sudden darkening, or an oddly shaped border.

SOURCES:

American Skin Association: “Sun Safety.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

FDA.

CDC.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Skin Cancer Foundation.

Richard G. Glogau, MD, clinical professor of dermatology, University of California, San Francisco.

Cleveland Clinic: “The Aging Skin.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 12, 2017

SOURCES:

American Skin Association: “Sun Safety.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

FDA.

CDC.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Skin Cancer Foundation.

Richard G. Glogau, MD, clinical professor of dermatology, University of California, San Francisco.

Cleveland Clinic: “The Aging Skin.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 12, 2017

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