Age spots, or “liver spots” as they’re often called,
have nothing to do with the liver. Rather, these flat, brown
spots are caused by years of sun exposure. They are bigger than
freckles and appear in fair-skinned people on sun-exposed areas
such as the face, hands, arms, back, and feet. The medical name
for them is solar lentigo. They may be accompanied by wrinkling,
dryness, thinning of the skin, and rough spots.
A number of treatments are available, including
skin-lightening, or “fade” creams; cryotherapy (freezing);
and laser therapy. Tretinoin cream is approved for reducing the
appearance of darkened spots. A sunscreen or sun block should be
used to prevent further damage.