conditionsSun Damage

Age or Sun Spots

Age or sun spots are blemishes on the skin associated with ageing and exposure to ultra-violet radiation from the sun due to hyperpigmentation.  Age spots are located in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead and range in colour from light brown to black.


They are also known as liver spots, lentigos, or senile/solar lentigines.
From the age of 40 upwards the skin becomes less able to regenerate from the effects of sun exposure and age spots appear in greater numbers at this age. Age spots generally pose no threat to the sufferer but in rare occasions can be a sign of skin cancer.


Treatments for age spots include:

  • Skin resurfacing and peels.
  • Skin Lighteners: Reducing the age spots appearance by lightening.
  • Concealment products: Using Cosmetics to cover the age spot.
  • Cryotherapy: A method of 'freezing' the offending cells and thereby removing them.
  • Laser therapy: This removes age spots using laser technology.