What are those age spots on my arms and hands?
Do you ever look at your hands while driving and wonder when all those brown spots suddenly popped up?
Or realize you haven’t worn a v-neck sweater in years, because the age spots on your chest will show?
Often called age spots or liver spots, these brown spots can actually be one of several things:
- Skin cancer. This is obviously the most serious. So if you have a new spot that suddenly popped up, or one that is painful, itchy, or changing color, it’s worth seeing your doctor to make sure everything is okay.
- Seborrheic keratosis. Known in the business as SKs (because really, who wants to say seborrheic several times a day?), these brown spots are usually raised and flaky. They can appear anywhere, but most commonly on the back, arms, and templess.
- Solar lentigoes. The name literally means “sun spots,” and these brown spots are caused by sun exposure over the years.
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