What are Age Spots?

Age spots, also known as ‘liver spots’ and ‘solar lentigines’, are very common skin pigmentations. Age spots are not caused by age, but rather from sun damage to your skin. This sun damage creates areas of melanin (the pigment in skin) which is “clumped”, forming a age spot.

What do Age Spots look like?

Age spots are flat tan, black or brown spots, which vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Age spots are primarily caused by years of exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun; skin damage in the past will increase the likelihood of the development of age spots. Although age spots can look like cancerous growths, they are actually harmless and mostly require treatment for cosmetic reasons.


The best solution to minimise the appearance of age spots is to speak to an experienced dermatologist, such as Professor Firas Al-Niaimi. Professor Al-Niaimi will advise you on the best treatment for your skin; common procedures will include laser treatments and chemical peels.