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What do you know about age spots?

What do you know about age spots?

Age spots (called also liver spots) are brown or black spots of different size; it usually appears in the most exposed areas of the body, such as; face, neck and upper extremities.

Age spots are very common in old people over 50 years old, but it may appear in younger people, especially if they spend too much time in the sun, or as a result of frequent tanning sessions. On the same context, old women are more susceptible to develop age spots. Also, people with fair skin are more susceptible too.

Generally, age spots develop due to excessive or frequent exposure to ultraviolet rays, which are one of the main components of sunlight. On exposure to direct sunlight for long time, the skin starts to produce additional amounts of melanin pigment, which leads to formation of age spots.

On the other hand, to avoid developing age spot, it's recommended to do the following:

  • Using broad spectrum sunscreen.
  • Using sun blocks rich in zinc and vitamin A.
  • Using sun protective equipments (such as hats and sunglasses) on exposure to direct sunlight.
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