Are Liver Spots Related to Liver?

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What are liver spots? Also known as “Solar lentigo”, these are blemishes on the skin associated with ageing and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. These are are harmless, flat, brown discolorations of the skin which usually occur on people older than forty (40) years of age. They are also known as age spots, sun spots, lentigos, or senile / solar lentigines. They range in color from light brown to red or black and are located in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead, and the head if bald. Liver spots are not related to the liver physiologically, but do have a similar color. It was once believed, incorrectly, that liver spots were due to liver problems. From the age of 40 onwards the skin is less able to regenerate from sun exposure, and age spots are very common in this age group, particularly in those who spend time in the sunshine.



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