age spots

Once referred to as liver spots, these brown skin discolorations are also not related to age, any more then they are to the liver. The skin can develop brown patches for many reasons, but the characteristic small ones on the hands, arms, chest, and face are caused by sun damage. These are possibly indications of precancerous conditions and should be watched carefully for changes. See melasma

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